The "Godard Is" Issue of the new VERTIGO

Image from Histoire(s) du cinéma (Jean-Luc Godard, 1988-99)

Film Studies For Free had a nagging doubt that it was omitting something BIG from its recent entry of links to Godard studies. And, boy, it was!

It really should have waited….

Some time back, the very kind people at the great Close Up film centre were in touch to announce their relaunch of excellent film magazine Vertigo as an online publication.

The (just published) reboot issue — Godard Is. — is astonishingly, mouth-wateringly good! The luscious links are below.

A très contrite FSFF has added the link to Vertigo to its permanent listing of online Film Studies journals.

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VERTIGO, Issue 30 | Spring 2012: Godard Is.


From the Archive


ALPHAVILLE, a new journal of film and screen media

A poster of Jean-Luc Godard’s Alphaville, une étrange aventure de Lemmy Caution (1965)

Alphaville is the first fully peer-reviewed online film journal in Ireland. It is edited by staff and PhD students in Film Studies at University College Cork. It will be published twice a year, in Summer and Winter, with both open and themed issues that will aim to provoke debate in the most topical issues in film and screen studies. [More about Alphaville]

There is no better title […] for a new journal that proposes to explore the constitutive hybridity of the moving image—analog and digital, commercial and avant-garde, mainstream and independent, popular and elitist—without forgetting how its roots spread in artistic and productive practices that have always been far more composite and multilayered than our critical categories seemed to wish to account for. Calling for the breaking down of disciplinary boundaries, media fields and critical categories, Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media aspires to be a laboratory for new interpretative ideas on the moving image of yesterday, of today and of tomorrow. This inaugural issue, in particular, foregrounds cultural, spatial, productive and aesthetic issues that aim to set in motion our thinking about European cinema within multilayered critical, cultural and geopolitical models, and in light of the complexity of the flow of images that characterises our media landscape. The transnationality, transculturality and transmediality of contemporary European cinemas are undoubtedly going to shape and occupy the research agenda for some time to come.  [Laura Rascaroli, ‘Back to the Future: The European Film Studies Agenda Today’]

There’s a new open access film journal on the block, everybody! Great news in Film Studies For Free‘s humble opinion. Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media has just published its first issue, along with calls for papers for two further issues, to boot.

The first issue is themed, and here’s what its editors say about their choice of organising topic:

Alphaville Issue 1, European Cinema: Transnational, Transcultural, Transmedial stems thematically from an international graduate film studies conference that we co-organised in May 2010 at University College Cork. The conference addressed the permeability of European spaces—geopolitical, sociocultural, productive and aesthetic—within a post-1989 cinematic context. This Issue, however, moves the focus beyond such a specific—albeit multilayered—epoch, encompassing research on both past and contemporary filmmaking, in a bid to showcase the “movement” that was and still is at the heart of European cinema with regard to its interrelationships of geography, culture and form. Inspired by the many seminal works on European cinema that have gone before it, we seek to contribute to the debate a collection that is at once original, in its theoretical and thematic scope, and fresh, in its demonstration of inspiring new work by early career scholars (an attribute that affords us the knowledge that this thriving area in our field will continue to be so).

FSFF thinks it’s a great issue packed with items of interest for film scholars, beginning with Natalia Pinázza‘s brilliant article on Sandra Kogut’s multinational coproduction documentary Un passeport hongrois/The Hungarian Passport (2001).

Tu es très bienvenu Alphaville!

Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media Issue 1 (Summer 2011)



Book Reviews and Festival and Conference Reports:

[Compiled by Jill Moriarty, Deborah Mellamphy and Stefano Odorico, University College Cork]


Issue 2, Winter 2011, Space and Time in Film.

Issue 3, Summer 2012, Sound, Voice, Music.


New FILM-PHILOSOPHY on Phenomenology and Psychoanalysis (Herzog, Solondz, Cronenberg, Streitfeld, Eisenstein, Antonioni, Tarkovsky, Zhang Yimou, Forgács)

Frame grab from Stalker (Andrei Tarkovsky, 1979). Read Adrian Ivakhiv’s essay on this film in the latest issue of Film Philosophy

And the brilliant, online, film journal issues just keep on coming…

Film Studies For Free is delighted to bring you news of the latest offering from one of the highest quality e-journals of them all – Film-Philosophy.
FP, Vol 15, No 1 (2011) is a special issue on Phenomenology and Psychoanalysis, edited by David Sorfa. FSFF particularly liked Adrian Ivakhiv’s ‘ecocritical’ essay which explores Tarkovsky’s Stalker, along with Jacqueline Loeb’s fine ‘Foucauldian’ study of sound in Zhang Yimou’s Raise the Red Lantern. But there are other excellent contributions, too. 

Readers should also note that it is now possible to donate to the journal. Film-Philosophy is an independent Open Access academic journal operating without recurring financial support. Donations of any amount to the journal are gratefully received and provide a means for the editors to continue to provide a journal of the highest quality to its readers. Just click on the “Donations” link on the FP website.

For those of you who are interested in phenomenological film studies, do take a look, if you haven’t already, at FSFF‘s previous gathering of links to online and openly accessible work on this topic.

Table of Contents 



  • ‘Brecht Today: Interview with Alexander Kluge’ PDF by Angelos Koutsourakis

Film Festival Reports

  • Venice Film Festival 2010: The Mad and the Bad and the Dangerous to Know PDF by John Bleasdale
  • Berlin International Film Festival – Berlinale 2011 PDF Alison Elizabeth Frank

Book Reviews

  • Mark T. Conard, ed. (2009) The Philosophy of the Coen Brothers PDF by Taylor Benjamin Worley
  • Frederick Wasser (2010) Steven Spielberg’s America PDF  by Steven Rybin
  • Claire Molloy (2010) Memento; Geoff King (2010) Lost in Translation; Gary Needham (2010) Brokeback Mountain. American Indies Series PDF by John Bleasdale 
  • Sidney Gottlieb and Richard Allen, eds. (2009) The Hitchcock Annual Anthology: Selected Essays from Volumes 10-15 PDF by Tifenn Brisset 
  • Richard Abel, ed. (2010) Encyclopedia of Early Cinema PDF by Carrie Giunta 
  • Jim Ellis (2009) Derek Jarman’s Angelic Conversations PDF by Jason Wakefield 
  • Christopher Lindner, ed. (2009) The James Bond Phenomenon: A Critical Reader. 2nd Edition PDF by Lucy Bolton

>Issues of KINEMA (Spring and Fall 2010)


Image from Paranoid Park (Gus Van Sant, 2007). Read Alessandro’s Zir’s article on this film for Kinema (Spring 2010)

Film Studies For Free continues with its roundup of recent offerings from online film studies journal by catching up with the last two issues posted at Kinema: a Journal for Film and Audiovisual Media.

Lots of good stuff here, but FSFF particularly enjoyed Alessandro Zir’s essay on Paranoid Park, Antonio Sanna on the connections between the Alien series of films and Bram Stoker’s Dracula novel, and Des O’Rawe’s study of Godard’s Film Socialisme.

Spring 2010

Fall 2010

>New World Picture 5: Varda, Solomon, Citron, Jacobs, Schneeman, Wisconsin Death Trip,


Image from Innocence and Despair (Phil Solomon, 2001). Experience Solomon’s video at World Picture Journal 5: Sustainability

Film Studies For Free is a longstanding and ardent supporter of the online journal World Picture. Today, FSFF is thrilled to bring you news of the latest issue (no. 5) on Sustainability which has just gone online. There are plenty of wonderful film-related items, as usual, as well as some timely and important essays and interviews on sustainability from a number of other key perspectives for the Arts and Humanities.

Great work, WP!

Below, you can find the issue’s  table of contents, and below that you can find the call for papers for the next World Picture conference, this time in Toronto, so do please scroll down for those.

  • Ian MacKaye in conversation with Brian Price Records

CALL FOR PAPERS: 2011 World Picture Conference 
October 21-22 University of Toronto 
Lorenz Engell, Bauhaus University, Weimar Elizabeth Povinelli, Columbia University

The annual World Picture Conference gathers scholars from a range of different disciplines to address the relation between critical theory, philosophy, and aesthetics. For this year’s meeting we welcome papers on questions of distance. Such considerations might include (but are in no sense limited to):  
  • Distance and mediation (technological and otherwise) 
  • Distance as abstraction (or alienation, estrangement) 
  • Travel Simultaneity
  • Spatial allegories of distance
  • Vision (as the prime sense organ of distance)
  • Modes of translation
  • Geopolitics (of distance)
  • Distance and/as interval (distance as time, not just space) 
  • Distance and unknowing/ignorance 
  • Critique of proximity/propinquity 
  • Ecology and distance (global footprints, carbon calculations, etc.) 
  • Scale Emotion Critical distance/objectivity

Please submit proposals (250 words, plus brief bio) by June 17 to:

>New Screening the Past


The Portraitist
Image from The Portraitist/Portrecista (Ireneusz Dobrowolski, 2005),  Read Frances Guerin’s essay on this film.

The developments of new digital technologies and representational forms have revived interest between photography and cinema, an interest that is both creative and critical. Independent filmmakers are availing themselves of alternative exhibition formats and spaces for their work, and moving image experimentation is now commonplace in the fields of contemporary fine art, design, music, and theatre.
     For this Special Issue of Screening the Past, guest editors Des O’Rawe and Sam Rohdie bring together a collection of original articles on the aesthetic and institutional relations between film, photography, and the visual arts, in particular writing that is attentive to cinematic forms and their recon­figuration within the contemporary visual arts.

As always, Film Studies For Free‘s little beating heart almost leapt out of its digital body at the news that a new issue of the Screening the Past journal had hit the e-stands. It’s a special issue, the theme of which is Cinema/Photography: Beyond Representation (Issue 29, 2010). Below is the table of contents:

First Release

Classics and Re-runs

>Networking Knowledge on Michael Mann, Lindsay Anderson, Barbara Stanwyck and much more


Will Smith as Muhammad Ali in Ali (Michael Mann, 2001) [See Vincent M Gaine’s article on this and other Mann films]

From time to time, Film Studies For Free can be ever so dim. It has referred on a number of occasions in previous posts to choice items published in the online periodical Networking Knowledge: Journal of the Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association (MeCCSA) Post-Graduate Network (PGN). But it omitted to mention the journal in its permanent listing of Online Film and Media Studies Journals. D’oh!

Not only has FSFF now rectified this unfortunate error, but it has decided to carry out proper penance in the form of the below complete listing of direct links to all items so far published in this excellent journal, including many articles of note on film and moving image studies. Enjoy!

Re-Mediated Mann:The Re-Mediation of Public Figures and Events in The Insider and Ali PDF
Vincent M Gaine
The Cinema Authorship of Lindsay Anderson: Anderson’s Directorial Practice PDF
Isabelle Gourdin-Sangouard
Publicising the News: Publicity and Australian Commercial Television News PDF
Michaela Jackson
Th’ Abstract of All Faults: Antony vs. the Hegemonic Man PDF
Rachael Kelly
Reporting Religion and Enemy Images in the Nigerian Press PDF
Odamah Musa
Journalistic Blogs in China: Political Dissent and the Formation of a Public Sphere PDF
Hai Tang
The Role of Media in Supporting Communication in Cultural Institutions. Case Study: Communicating Media Art PDF
Michela Negrini

Activism, Resistance and Online Presence

Digital vs Material: the Everyday Construction of Mediated Political Action Abstract PDF
Veronica Barassi
Igorots in the Blogosphere: Claiming Spaces, Re-constructing Identities Abstract PDF
Liezel C. Longboan
Blogging in China: Freedom of Expression vs Political Censorship in Sexual and Satirical Blogs Abstract PDF
Hai Thang

The Press and the Political Process

Scottish Press Coverage of UK General Elections after Devolution: the 2001 and 2005 Campaigns Abstract PDF
Marina Dekavalla

Women and the Media

“Focus on the Housewife”: the BBC and the Post-war Woman, 1945-1955 Abstract PDF
Kristin Skoog
The Representation of Motherhood in Post-socialist Chinese Cinema Abstract PDF
Huili Hao

Theorising Film

‘We’re on Flashdrive or CD-ROM’: Disassembly and Deletion in the Digital Noir of Collateral Abstract PDF
Vincent M. Gaine
Indeterminate Film-thinking and Interpretation Abstract PDF
Jimmy Billingham

Audiences and Fans

Underworld vs the World of Darkness: Players and Filmgoers Respond to a Legal Battle Abstract PDF
Rachel Mizsei Ward
Wots Not Queer: the Search for Sexual Representation in Audience Research Abstract PDF
Craig Haslop

Screen Icons

From Below to Above the Title: the Construction of the Star Image of Barbara Stanwyck, 1930-1935 Abstract PDF
Linda Berkvens
The Iconography of Mark Antony Abstract PDF
Rachael Kelly

Locating Media Productions

Representing National Culture, Values and Identity in the Brazilian Television Mini-series Abstract PDF
Niall Brennan
‘I Will Survive’: Forty Years of Amber Films and the Evolution of Regional Film Policy Abstract PDF
Paul O’Reilly

Place, Communication, Translation

Read My Voice: Expressing Silence and Sound in Text-messages Abstract PDF
Agnieszka Knaś
The Medium is Global, the Content is not: Translating Commercial Websites Abstract PDF
Yvonne Lee

Branding, Advertising and Corporate Cultures

Steve Jobs: the human logo Abstract PDF
Chloe Peacock
Interpersonal Communication Competence in SME Internationalization Abstract PDF
Pipsa Purhonen

Design for Screen

One Form, Many Letters: Fluid and transient letterforms in screen-based typographic artefacts Abstract PDF
Barbara Brownie

Fan Culture and Online Audiences

Dressing up as Vampires: Virtual vamps – negotiating female identity in cyberspace Abstract PDF
Maria Mellins

Film and Theatre

The Playwright as Filmmaker: History, Theory and Practice Abstract PDF
Othniel Smith

Imperialism and Globalisation

The evolution of Hollywood’s representation of Arabs before 9/11: the relationship between political events and the notion of ‘Otherness’ Abstract PDF
Sulaiman Arti

Popular Culture

“Little Englander” : Fawlty Towers – A textual analysis of nationalistic ideology Abstract PDF
Matthew Bartley

Public Service Broadcasting and Radio

Reducing the difference between citizens and consumers: a critical discourse analysis of the Communications White Paper 2000 Abstract PDF
Simon Dawes

Reporting the Conflict

The Ideology of Objectivity: Constructs of Language in the Popular Press of Early Twentieth-Century Britain Abstract PDF
Claudia Heske
Explaining Media Frames of Contested Foreign Conflicts: Irish National ‘Opinion Leader’ Newspapers’ Frames of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (July 2000 to July 2004) Abstract PDF
Mary O’Regan

Sexual Representations in Cinema

The Killer Father and the Final Mother: Womb-Envy in The Cell Abstract PDF
Shweta Sharma

Still Image

Photojournalism as a Creator of Values: otherness in Sámi representations Abstract PDF
Heli Lehtela

Uses of Music and Sound in Film

Music, identity, and oblivion Abstract PDF
Gerry Moorey

Sound and Image: Alternative Methods of Research and Presentation

Summary of Panel Presentations Abstract PDF
Dr Charlotte Crofts
‘High Definitions’: Articulating Media Practice As Research Abstract PDF
Dr Charlotte Crofts
Video Diary Making as a Research Method: Just Another Jargon of Authenticity? Abstract PDF
Tony Dowmunt

Bringing Work Back to School: Professional Experience in Media Research

Dilemmas of Ethnographic Research: The Practitioner/Academic’s Quandary Abstract PDF
Somnath Batabyal
A Return to the ‘Big’ Discourse : Interviewing History Documentary-Makers Abstract PDF
Dafydd Sills-Jones

Theoretical Models in Mass Media Practice: Perspectives from the West

Introduction Abstract PDF
Line Thomsen
Do Journalists know how to listen and should they be taught how to? Some thoughts on contemporary interviewing practices. Abstract PDF
Gavin Rees
‘Documents of Ordinariness – The BBC Video Nation Project’ Abstract PDF
Jo Henderson
Daily or Diary? Towards a New Profile in e-Journalism Abstract PDF
Cristina Perales, Mon Rodríguez
A Shield for Whom? First Amendment Implications of a Federal Shield Law Abstract PDF
Patrice Holderbach

Theoretical Models in Mass Media Practice: Perspectives from the Developing World

Introduction Abstract PDF
Venkata Vemuri
Journalism and Political Democracy in Brazil Abstract PDF
Dr Carolina Matos
‘Reporting Back’: Al Jazeera English Abstract PDF
Nina Bigalke
Grounds for Development: Media Development Practice and Theory in Post-Conflict Afghanistan Abstract PDF
Sarah Kamal
Understanding the Complexity of Journalistic Practices: the Case of Xinhua Abstract PDF
Dr Xin Xin

Double Vocations: Media Practice and Theory

Introduction Abstract PDF
Dafydd Sills-Jones
Media Corporatism: Whither Journalistic Values? Abstract PDF
George Nyabuga

>Lots more links to film studies journals to celebrate Open Access Week!


Open Access Week, a global event now entering its fourth year, is an opportunity for the academic and research community to continue to learn about the potential benefits of Open Access, to share what they’ve learned with colleagues, and to help inspire wider participation in helping to make Open Access a new norm in scholarship and research.

“Open Access” to information – the free, immediate, online access to the results of scholarly research, and the right to use and re-use those results as you need – has the power to transform the way research and scientific inquiry are conducted. It has direct and widespread implications for academia, medicine, science, industry, and for society as a whole.

Open Access (OA) has the potential to maximize research investments, increase the exposure and use of published research, facilitate the ability to conduct research across available literature, and enhance the overall advancement of scholarship. Research funding agencies, academic institutions, researchers and scientists, teachers, students, and members of the general public are supporting a move towards Open Access in increasing numbers every year. Open Access Week is a key opportunity for all members of the community to take action to keep this momentum moving forward.  

It’s International Open Access Week this week, and while every week is Open Access Week at Film Studies For Free, this website decided to celebrate this special week of events by flagging up the work of an individual who can rightfully claim to be one of the most hard-working supporters of this important cause: Jan Szczepanski.

FSFF was recently contacted by Jan, a librarian from Sweden who has been a collector of freely accessible scholarly e-journals since the end of the 1990’s. He has been responsible for gathering the longest ever lists of links to (multilingual) Open Access scholarly journals titles, mostly in humanities and the social sciences, many of which you can access through the embedded document below (also see here).

FSFF hasn’t yet fully cross-checked Jan’s list with its own list of English-language online Film and Media Studies Journals (permanently accessible from the table of contents in the right-hand sidebar), but will do so as soon as possible in order to add notable items it hasn’t yet come across.

FSFF has set up the document below so that you can immediately scroll down through the Film titles, from page 107. But you can also perform a search for ‘Masskommunikation’ to scroll automatically to page 491 for lots of Media Studies titles.

Thanks so much to Jan for getting in touch and especially for all his hard work in assembling this monumental list.

>100 (Plus) Online Film and Media Journals of Note


Image from Taxi Driver (Martin Scorsese, 1976)

Film Studies For Free has enlisted the inimitable indexical services of Travis Bickle to flag up the very rough location of a permanent sidebar link to a handy new page at this blog. (Helpful hint: Travis is currently aiming a little high or low, depending on where this entry sites itself in your browser)…

It’s a page where FSFF ‘s adventurous readers — perhaps, also, ones with lots of time on their hands — can find a copious listing of Online Film and Media Studies Journals.

This list of direct links to openly accessible journals and periodical websites will be assiduously maintained and excitedly added to over the coming months and years, so be sure to bookmark it for future use.

Thrillingly, FSFF will very soon be adding further pages, housing equally essential Film Studies information. And, as usual, it won’t be backward about coming forward about those…

>Journal of the Moving Image: Indian and South Asian cinema and media studies


Image from Gadar: Ek Prem Katha (Anil Sharma, 2001). 
Film Studies For Free just came across a really good e-journal that it hadn’t bumped into before: Journal of the Moving Image, an annual publication of the Department of Film Studies, Jadavpur University, Kolkata. 

It was launched in print format in 1999, but its print and online versions now co-exist. As its mission statement puts it,

JMI seeks to represent critical work on the state of contemporary screen cultures. There are many regions in the world with large viewing populations, often with vast production infrastructures for film and television; but corresponding institutions or forums for critical engagement with such audio-visual regimes are still highly inadequate. JMI seeks to address a broad set of issues ranging from formal properties of the moving image to the social foundation of its production, transmission and reception. There will be a special focus on India and South Asia, and on issues of transnational media transactions, but we would like to offer a wider range of discussion on film and television from various parts of the world made from different perspectives.
FSFF wanted to share its contents with you promptly, so direct links to all items so far online are pasted in below, with the most recent issue first. The first three issues of JMI are also being prepared for online publication. 

There are some excellent items here (you might try out Ravi Vasudevan’s The Meanings of ‘Bollywood’ just for starters). So FSFF heartily recommends that you subscribe to JMI ready for its next issue in December. 

(Also, please check out, if you haven’t yet, FSFF‘s own related entry: “Bollywood” for Beginners and Beyond: Introductions to Popular Hindi Cinema Studies)