New Issue of SCOPE: CIA, Resnais, German cinema and Dead Cities in the Cinema


New Issue of MEDIASCAPE on Film and Media Space

Image montage from Lou Romano‘s wonderful Cinemosaic website of frame grabs from The Night of the Hunter (Charles Laughton, 1955). Read Bryan Wuest‘s article on space in this film.

The theme of our newest issue is “space,” which has spawned a range of approaches in cinema and media studies. “Space” is a nebulous concept, but the very difficulty in pinning down how a spatial discussion of media should proceed is why Mediascape thought this would be an appropriate discussion to tease out in our non-traditional format.[‘Introduction’ by Bryan Hikari Hartzheim and Katy Ralko, Co-Editors-in-Chief, Mediascape, Winter 2012 Issue]

Film Studies For Free is back from its trip to the Society for Cinema and Media Studies conference in Boston. You can watch videos of some of the conference highlights here. And you can read the live tweets and other reports from the conference from the conference via this page
FSFF had a truly wonderful time meeting old friends and new, including a whole bunch of talented people who are responsible for the new issue of one of its favourite online journals, the UCLA-produced Mediascape. And a great issue it is, too. Links to all contents may be found below.

Documentary and Space: New issue of MEDIA FIELDS JOURNAL

Framegrab from El Valley Centro (James Benning, 2000). Read Elizabeth Cowie’s article on Documentary Space, Place, and Landscape which discusses Benning’s film, among others. Cowie is author of the new book Recording Reality, Desiring the Real (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2011)

Film Studies For Free brings you openly accessible brilliance from the latest issue of Media Fields Journal. It’s a really excellent issue on documentary and space – a must-read. And however hyperbolically positive (the always hyperbolically positive) FSFF is, it doesn’t always say that. So, do yourselves a big favour and click on the below links without further ado.

>A video primer in shot-making from Majestic Micro Essays


Image of Kendra Elliott in Shallow Focus (Majestic Micro Movies, 2010)

Film Studies For Free trips the light fantastic today as it brings you an entertaining, neo-Godardian, audiovisual introduction to cinematic shot-making in four (themselves luminously shot) parts.

The videos come from Majestic Micro Movies, a filmmaking collective based in Brooklyn and north Texas, “dedicated to touching the wordless secrets only cinema can discover. Its offerings are now rolling out on a computer or portable device near you!” The collective’s YouTube channel is here and its Facebook page is here.


From Screen: essays on screen theory, art film and affect, and early Japanese and Chinese cinema

Image from The Piano (Jane Campion, 1993) 

Film Studies For Free was ever so happy to discover that Screen, the leading international journal of academic film and television studies — a journal with which FSFF‘s author has been proud to be associated as an editorial advisory board member since 1995 — has a number of wonderful articles and reviews which have been made freely accessible online in full-text and pdf formats.  

This blog particularly liked the essays, linked to below, by Annette Kuhn (a great reflection on screen theorizing on the occasion of Screen‘s 50th anniversary) and by Barbara Klinger in which she revisits film theories of affect as well as the debates around Jane Campion‘s 1993 film The Piano.

This blogpost won’t mean too much to those readers who can take institutional subscriptions to Screen for granted, but FSFF knows it will be appreciated by many others, in lots of different parts of the world, who don’t enjoy that particular scholarly benefit.
Volume 50, Number 1, Spring 2009 (50th anniversary issue)

  • Annette Kuhn, Screen and screen theorizing today Screen 2009 50: 1-12; doi:10.1093/screen/hjp001[FREE Full Text][PDF]

Volume 47, Number 1, Spring 2006 (first fully digital issue)

  • Charlotte Brunsdon, ‘A fine and private place’: the cinematic spaces of the London Underground’ Screen 2006 47: 1-17; doi:10.1093/screen/hjl001 [Abstract][FREE Full Text][PDF]

  • Barbara Klinger, The art film, affect and the female viewer: The Piano revisited Screen 2006 47: 19-41; doi:10.1093/screen/hjl002 [Abstract][FREE Full Text][PDF]

  • Gregory A. Walle, Narrating the new Japan: Biograph’s The Hero of Liao-Yang (1904) Screen 2006 47: 43-65; doi:10.1093/screen/hjl003 [Abstract][FREE Full Text][PDF] 

  • Laikwan Pang,Walking into and out of the spectacle: China’s earliest film scene Screen 2006 47: 66-80; doi:10.1093/screen/hjl004[Abstract][FREE Full Text][PDF]

Research note 

  • Deborah Allison, Multiplex programming in the UK: the economics of homogeneity Screen 2006 47: 81-90; doi:10.1093/screen/hjl005[FREE Full Text][PDF]


  • Sylvia Harvey, Ofcom’s first year and neoliberalism’s blind spot: attacking the culture of production Screen 2006 47: 91-105; doi:10.1093/screen/hjl006[FREE Full Text][PDF] 
    • Don Reddin, The non-democratic regulator: a response to Sylvia Harvey Screen 2006 47: 107-111; doi:10.1093/screen/hjl007 [FREE Full Text][PDF]


    • Astrid Söderbergh Widding, Rune Waldekranz: Swedish pioneering film historian Screen 2006 47: 113-117; doi:10.1093/screen/hjl008[FREE Full Text][PDF]


      • James Bennett, Inventing Television Culture: Men, Women and the Box • New Media and Popular Imagination: Launching Radio, Television and Digital Media in the United States Screen 2006 47: 119-124; doi:10.1093/screen/hjl009[FREE Full Text][PDF]
        • John Corner, The Subject in Documentary Screen 2006 47: 125-128; doi:10.1093/screen/hjl010[FREE Full Text][PDF]  
        • Julie Light, Uncertain Vision: Birt, Dyke and the Reinvention of the BBC Screen 2006 47: 129-132; doi:10.1093/screen/hjl011[FREE Full Text][PDF] 
        • Helen Piper, Understanding Reality Television • Reality TV – Audiences and Popular Factual Television Reality TV – Realism and Revelation Screen 2006 47: 133-138; doi:10.1093/screen/hjl012 [FREE Full Text][PDF] 

        Follow-Friday Links Round Up

        For those of you not (yet) following Film Studies For Free on Twitter here’s a meaty round up of FSFF‘s (aka @filmstudiesff) recent top tweeted recommendations of online and openly accessible film and media studies resources of note. They are listed mainly in reverse chronological order, so there are as many must-read recommendations at the foot of the list as there are at the top.

        For Twitter aficionados, FSFF‘s ‘Follow-Friday‘ recommendations are given in (@) brackets throughout: