FSFF has a longstanding soft spot for Haynes, a great filmmaker whose work has a compelling relationship with film theory, as well as with Film Studies as a discipline, as the above video indicates time and again.
|Picture of Sergei Eisenstein, pioneering Soviet film director and theorist|
The Seminar is
an open network of film scholars interested in rediscovering and re-reading historical contributions and debates on film. Special attention is devoted to early writings on cinema, as well as more recent reconsiderations of film’s role in the new media landscape. The Permanent Seminar is affiliated with the Film Theory in Media History book series published through the Amsterdam University Press.
The very high quality of the project is guaranteed by its coordinators — Jane Gaines (Columbia University) and Francesco Casetti (Yale University & University of Milan) — as well as by its scientific board: Dudley Andrew (Yale University); Chris Berry (University of London-Goldsmiths); André Gaudreault (University of Montréal); Vinzenz Hediger (University of Bochum); John McKay (Yale University); Markus Nornes (University of Michigan); David Rodowick (Harvard University); Philip Rosen (Brown University); Leonardo Quaresima (University of Udine); Maria “Masha” Salazkina (Concordia University, Montréal); and Petr Szczepanik (University of Brno).
There’s not much up on the website yet as the project has just begun, but FSFF recommends that its readers take a look and then keep on going back for further film-theoretical delights of the kind linked to below.
- Sergei Eisenstein, “Forthcoming] “Unpublished “Notes for a General History of Cinema” – New York, 2010
- Francesco Orestano, “Motion Pictures and Scholastic Education” (Italy, 1914)
- Giovanni Papini, “Philosophical Observations on the Motion Picture” (Italy, 1907)
- Mario Ponzo, “Certain Psychological Observations Made During Motion Picture Screenings” (Italy, 1911)
- Emilio Scaglione, “Motion Pictures in Provincial Towns” (Italy, 1916)
- Enrico Thovez, “The Art of Celluloid” (Italy, 1908)
- Giuseppe d’Abundo, “Concerning the Effects of Film Viewing on Neurotic Individuals” (Italy, 1911)
|Images from The Story of Adèle H. (François Truffaut, 1975) and The Piano (Jane Campion, 1993) – two films referred to in Agustín Zarzosa’s article ‘Jane Campion’s The Piano: melodrama as mode of exchange‘|
Film Studies For Free was very happy to hear that the excellent journal New Review of Film and Television Studies is now offering free access to a great selection of essays, including a recent offering by Thomas Elsaesser on Avatar, and translations from Christian Metz‘s book Impersonal Enunciation.
All freely accessible material is linked to below.
- The embrace of Mother Nature: appraisal processes and the regulation of affect in attachment genres by Mette Kramer
- Impersonal Enunciation, or the Place of Film (extracts) by Christian Metz and Translated by Cormac Deane
- A lightning-image of the kaleidoscope: a review of Päsi Valiaho’s Mapping the Moving Image by Imola Mikó
- The narrative structuring and interactive narrative logic of televised professional wrestling by Aaron J. Petten
|Image from The Company (Robert Altman, 2003)|
Today, Film Studies For Free is thrilled to point you in the tremendous direction of the latest contents of Scope: An Online Journal of Film and Television Studies. There’s lots to recommend in this issue but FSFF particularly enjoyed Katharina Lindner’s article on the female dancer on film, along with numerous, wonderful book reviews and conference reports, all part of the fabulous and openly accessible service that Scope provides to the international film studies community.
- Pasts and Futures of 1970s Film Theory Matthew Croombs
- Cultivating the Cult Experience at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Donna de Ville
- Spectacular (Dis-) Embodiments: The Female Dancer on Film Katharina Lindner
- Chris Marker and the Audiovisual Archive Oliver Mayer
- Hollywood Independents: The Postwar Talent Takeover by Denise Mann
100 American Independent Films, 2nd edition; The Contemporary Hollywood Reader Reviewer: Gareth James
- Documentary Display: Re-Viewing Nonfiction Film and Video by Keith Beatti Reviewer: Jeffrey Gutierrez
- Film Festival Yearbook 1: The Festival Circuit by Dina Iordanova with Ragan Rhyne (eds); Dekalog 3: On Film Festivals Reviewer: Linda Hutcheson
- Mabel Cheung Yuen-Ting’s An Autumn’s Tale by Stacilee Ford; John Woo’s The Killer Reviewer: Lin Feng
- Responses to Oliver Stone’s Alexander: Film, History, and Cultural Studies by Paul Cartledge and Fiona Rose Greenland (eds); Screening Nostalgia: Populuxe Props and Technicolor Aesthetics in Contemporary American Film Reviewer: Andrew B.R. Elliott
- Research Guide to Japanese Film Studies by Abe Mark Nornes and Aaron Gerow; The South Korean Film Renaissance: Local Hitmakers, Global Provocateurs Reviewer: Jonathan Wroot
- Chapaev by Julian Graffy; Leni Riefenstahl: A Life Reviewer: Andrei Rogatchevski
- Harmony and Dissent: Film and Avant-garde Art Movements in the Early Twentieth Century by R. Bruce Elder; Moving Viewers: American Film and the Spectator’s Experience Reviewer: Caroline Hagood
- Reworking the German Past: Adaptations in Film, the Arts, and Popular Culture by Susan G. Figge and Jenifer K. Ward (eds); The Collapse of the Conventional: German Film and Its Politics at the Turn of the Twenty-First Century Reviewer: Matthias Uecker
- Stellar Encounters: Stardom in Popular European Cinema by Tytti Soila (ed); Claude Rains: An Actor’s Voice Reviewer: Rachael Johnson
- Alternative Film Culture in Inter-War Britain by Jamie Sexton; The Lost World of Cliff Twemlow: The King of Manchester Exploitation Movies; The British ‘B’ Film Reviewer: Laurence Raw
- Elia Kazan: The Cinema of an American Outsider by Brian Neve; Cinephilia in the Age of Digital Reproduction: Film, Pleasure and Digital Culture, Volume 1 Reviewer: Mildred Lewis
- First Person Jewish by Alisa S. Lebow; Neo-Noir Reviewer: Marat Grinberg
- Shadows of Progress: Documentary Film in Post-war Britain (1951-1977) Reviewer: Dai Vaughan
- Bonnie and Clyde Reviewer: Ian Murphy
- Cracks & Tell-Tale; Robin Hood; The A-Team Reviewer: Laurence Raw
- The Karate Kid & The Karate Kid Reviewer: Rachel Mizsei Ward
- Flow Conference 2010, University of Texas, Austin, 30 September–2 October 2010 Reporter: Kelly K. Ryan and Heather Muse
- Women’s Filmmaking in France 2000-2010, Institut Français, London, 2–4 December 2010 Reporter: Sarah Forgacs
- MeCCSA Conference: Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association, University of Salford, 12–14 January 2011 Reporter: Greg Bevan
- ¡Documentary Now!, University of Westminster, London, 28–30 January 2011 Reporter: Philippa Daniel
- Rendering the Visible Conference, Georgia State University, 10–14 February 2011 Reporter: Drew Ayers and Steven Pustay
- Erotic Screen and Sound: Culture, Media and Desire Conference, Griffith University, Brisbane, 15–18 February 2011 Reporter: Michelle A. Mayefske
- SCMS 2011: Media Citizenship, Society for Cinema and Media Studies, Ritz-Carlton Hotel, New Orleans, 10–13 March 2011 Reporter: Shana MacDonald