|Frame grab image of Jerry Lewis as ‘Warren Nefron’ in Smorgasbord aka Cracking Up (Jerry Lewis, 1983). Read Steven Shaviro‘s new article on this film|
Smorgasbord (retitled Cracking Up by the distributor) is Jerry Lewis‘s last self-directed feature film. It first opened in France in 1983; it never received a proper American release. (In the US, it was immediately relegated to cable television — which is where I saw it for the first time). And Smorgasbord still isn’t very well known today — even among Lewis aficionados. (It is, for instance, the only one of Lewis’s self-directed films not to appear in the index to Enfant Terrible, an academic essay collection edited by Murray Pomerance in 2002, which otherwise covers Lewis’ film career quite comprehensively). Yet I think that Smorgasbord is one of Jerry Lewis’s greatest films; in what follows, I will try to explain why. [Steven Shaviro, ‘Smorgasbord‘, La Furia Umana, 12, 2012; hyperlinks added by FSFF]
Film Studies For Free just heard about the latest issue of the pentalingual film journal La Furia Umana. There are lots of brilliant articles in English, and other marvellous work, too, in other languages that will be entertainingly translated by Google, if you so require.
The particular highlight, this time, is a truly brilliant and wide-ranging dossier on the work of Jerry Lewis, a human fury of an actor if ever there was one… But FSFF also had plenty of thoughts usefully and skilfully provoked by Kim Nicolini writing on the Post-Feminist Possibilities in Lars Von Trier’s Melancholia.
And there’s a lot more to explore and learn from besides the above. Just feast your polyglot eyes on the below…
- Toni D’Angela / Jerry Lewis o l’impossibile. Il corpo, la voce e le “macchine”
- Carlos Losilla / Jerry le fou
- B. Kite / The Jerriad: A Clown Painting
- Zach Campbell / A Jerry Problem, or, That Uncomfortable Feeling
- Murray Pomerance / A Sensational Face
- Denis Lévy / Les grimaces de Jerry
- Alessandro Cappabianca / Jerry Lewis
- José María Latorre / Jerry Lewis, botones y mensajero
- Sarah Ohana / L’apparition comme effet comique dans le cinéma de Jerry Lewis
- Violeta Kovasics / Donde vive la imaginación
- Peter Nellhaus / Jerry Lewis Actor and Auteur
- David Phelps / The pisher dada menschs fodder
- R. Emmet Sweeney / Colgate Comedy Hour, September 18, 1955
- Enrico Camporesi / Frank Tashlin e Jerry Lewis: artist and model?
- Sudarshan Ramani / The King of Comedy: A Lament for Jerry Lewis
- Felipe Medeiros / The Bellboy
- Bruno Andrade / Mocinho encrenqueiro
- Marco Grosoli / The Errand Boy
- Óscar Brox / The Patsy
- João Palhares / Three On a Couch
- Adrien Clerc / Les dérèglements du visage dans Which Way to the Front?
- de Jerry Lewis
- John Kern / Why the Clown Died ©, A Critical Essay on Jerry Lewis’ the Day the Clown Cried
- Gina Telaroli / Hardly Working
- Steven Shaviro / Smorgasbord
- Patrizia Fantozzi / Faust (Alexander Sokurov)
- Marco Grosoli / Le Havre (Aki Kaurismaki)
- Kévin Cappelli / Take Shelter (Jeff Nichols)
- Jaime Pena / Nana (Valerie Massadian)
- Toni D’Angela / The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo (David Fincher)
- Luc Moullet / Le Spleen de Rockefeller
- Joanna Espinosa / Cinéma marginal
- Lorenzo Pellizzari / Uomini con la macchina da presa (II)
- Lilly Papagianni / Sarah Driver: Splendor in the Dark
- Ken Jacobs / From Stupefaction to Just Plain Stupid
- L. de La Hire / Pictures at Ruscha – Godard Exhibition. Noise and “Western”, “Silenzio”, and Odysseus, 1963
- Virgilio Mortari /Jean Epstein o del cinema come strumento
- Carlos Losilla / Intervenciones #2: actualidad de Serge Daney
- Nicole Brenez / Quelques souvenirs et une image de Marcel Mazé
- Marcel Mazé / Le Festival International de Jeune Cinéma de Hyères. 1965-1983
- Doris Peternel / L’image réflexivé chez Peter Tscherkassky
- Mónica M. Marinero / El indio como horizonte: The Last of the Comanches y Meek’s Cutoff
- Santiago and Andrés Rubín de Celis / I film western di Robert Parrish: Looking for a New Life
- Violeta Kovacics / Un día a oscuras
|So bad it’s good? Framegrab from The Room (Tommy Wiseau, 2003). Read Rod Stoneman’s study of cult cinema “Inside The Room and Beyond”|
Film Studies For Free continues to catch up with (fairly) recently published issues of online Film Studies journals. Below are links to the articles from the Spring and Fall 2011 issues of Canadian journal Kinema.
- “On Lars von Trier, Enfant Terrible of Danish Art Film: by Mette Hjort
- “Inside The Room and Beyond” by Rod Stoneman
- “Czech Surrealism and Czech New Wave Realism” by Alison Frank
- “Remarks on the Actual Status of Romanian Cinema” Christina Stojanova
- “Moral Luck in the Films of Woody Allen” by Ewa Mazierska
|Frame grab from The Wind (Victor Sjöström, 1928). Read Bo Florin’s article on this film|
[Traditionally, aesthetics] has been based on national perspectives and contexts, as well as contained within the limits of specific disciplines. However, the changing society has made this focus all too narrow. Due to globalization, media and territories merge and move in new ways, where regional, national, international, and global perspectives increasingly integrate. New contexts and new aesthetic strategies are also created, and traditional boundaries and hierarchies become transgressed, for example, between high brow and popular culture, or between art and technology. Aesthetics as well as culture thus need to be discussed and interpreted across the disciplines, through different media, over territorial borders. Finally, this is also a strong argument for Open Access publishing: to constitute a global platform and an interface for interdisciplinary discourse—free for anybody to read. [from first JAC Editorial by Astrid Söderbergh Widding, Lars Gustaf Andersson and John Sundholm]
Film Studies For Free had been meaning to post something about the Journal of Aesthetics and Culture for quite a while. It’s an online open access journal, hence one very much after this blog’s’s heart, with a high percentage of very good quality film-studies related articles that FSFF has frequently linked to on Twitter.
Today, JAC published an excellent dossier on Transnational Cultural Memory, an event which provided a wonderful prompt to gather together, in one place, links to everything that JAC has published to date. And below, that is just what you will find.
- Editorial by Astrid Söderbergh Widding, Lars Gustaf Andersson, John Sundholm (PDF HTML XML)
- Sean Cubitt, Thinking filming thinking filming (PDF HTML XML)
- Thomas Elsaesser, Ingmar Bergman in the museum? Thresholds, limits, conditions of possibility (PDF HTML XML)
- Julia Creet, Calling on Witnesses: testimony and the deictic (PDF HTML XML)
- Bodil Marie Stavning Thomsen, Antichrist – Chaos Reigns: the event of violence and the haptic image in Lars von Trier’s film (PDF HTML XML)
- Anu Koivunen, Confessions of a Free Woman: telling feminist stories in postfeminist media culture (PDF HTML XML)
- Tiina Rosenberg, On feminist activist aesthetics (PDF HTML XML)
- Bo Florin, Confronting The Wind: a reading of a Hollywood film by Victor Sjöström (PDF HTML XML)
- Editorial by Astrid Söderbergh Widding, Lars Gustaf Andersson, John Sundholm (PDF HTML XML)
- Irina Aristarkhova, Hosting the animal: the art of Kathy High (PDF HTML XML)
- Maaret Koskinen, Ingmar Bergman, the biographical legend and the intermedialities of memory (PDF HTML XML)
- Timotheus Vermeulen, Robin van den Akker, Notes on metamodernism (PDF HTML XML)
- Anita Seppä, Globalisation and the arts: the rise of new democracy, or just another pretty suit for the old emperor? (PDF(high) PDF HTML XML)
- Tytti Soila, Passion at the threshold: Doctor Glas the flaneur in the films of Rune Carlstén and Mai Zetterling (PDF HTML XML)
- Ryszard W. Kluszczynski, Strategies of interactive art (PDF(high) PDF HTML XML)
- Michael Laurence Woods, What it is? A question on the derivation of musical meaning (PDF HTML XML)
- Matthew Mullane, The aesthetic ear: sound art, Jacques Rancière and the politics of listening (PDF HTML XML)
- Sven-Olov Wallenstein, Space, time, and the arts: rewriting the Laocoon (PDF HTML XML)
- Torkild Thanem, Louise Wallenberg, Buggering Freud and Deleuze: towards a queer theory of masochism (PDF HTML XML)
- Lisbeth Söderqvist, Structuralism in architecture: a definition (PDF HTML EPUB XML)
- Per-Arne Bodin, The holy fool as a TV hero: about Pavel Lungin’s film The Island and the problem of authenticity (PDF HTML EPUB XML)
- Des O’Rawe, Towards a poetics of the cinematographic frame (PDF HTML EPUB XML)
- Erik van Ooijen, Cinematic shots and cuts: on the ethics and semiotics of real violence in film fiction (PDF HTML EBUB XML)
- Dossier on Transnational Cultural memory
- John Sundholm, Adrian Velicu, Introduction to the dossier on transnational cultural memory (PDF HTML EPUB XML)
- Astrid Erll, Traumatic pasts, literary afterlives, and transcultural memory: new directions of literary and media memory studies (PDF HTML EPUB XML)
- Steffi Hobuß, Aspects of memory acts: transnational cultural memory and ethics (PDF HTML EPUB XML)
- Adrian Velicu, Cultural memory between the national and the transnational (PDF HTML EPUB XML)
- John Sundholm, Visions of transnational memory (PDF HTML EPUB XML)
- Julia Creet, Transnational archives: the Canadian case (PDF HTML EPUB XML)
- Anna-Kaisa Kuusisto-Arponen, Transnational sense of place: cinematic scenes of Finnish war child memories (PDF HTML EPUB XML)
|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.
It’s going to continue to be a little quiet around here at Film Studies For Free as its author busies herself with finishing off a couple of video essays that will be posted here very shortly.
The title of both talks, as per the following abstract, is:
Quote/Unquote? The “Unattainable [Film] Text” in the Age of Digital Reproduction
Following the lead of scholars Christian Keathley, Eric Faden, Jason Mittell, Andrew Miller and Craig Cieslikowski in the summary of their conference panel on The Scholarship of Sound and Image: Producing Media Criticism in the Digital Age (MIT6, Stone and Papyrus, Storage and Transmission, April 24-26, 2009), in this talk Catherine Grant will revisit Raymond Bellour’s essay on ‘The Unattainable Text’ (Screen, Vol 16, No 3, 1975: 19-27), as well as Laura Mulvey’s more recent considerations of film ‘possession’, and ‘pensiveness’ in the digital age (Death 24x a Second (London: Reaktion, 2006). Then she will examine the issue of film quotation in audiovisual work, as well as, more generally, the possibilities offered to film studies by the rising generation of online digital-video essays about films and film theory.
- Introduction: B for Bad Cinema Julia Vassilieva and Claire Perkins
- Excremental Ecstasy, Divine Defecation and Revolting Reception: Configuring a Scatological Gaze in Trash Filmmaking Zoe Gross
- “They don’t call ’em exploitation movies for nothing!”: Joe Bob Briggs and the Critical Commentary on I Spit on Your Grave Tristan Fidler
- Snakes on a Plane and the prefabricated cult film Kirsten Stevens
- “Bad Form”: Contemporary Cinema’s Turn to the Perverse. David Lynch: Lost Highway (1997) Lars von Trier: Breaking the Waves (1996) Hester Joyce and Scott Wilson
- Family Demons: The Ghost as Domestic Inheritance Donna McRae
- B for Bad, B for Bogus and B for Bold: Rupert Kathner, The Glenrowan Affair and Ned Kelly Stephen Gaunson
- Horror-Ritual: Horror Movie Villains as Collective Representations, Uncanny Metaphors and Ritual Transgressors Mario Rodriguez
The woman at the window: image from Jane Campion‘s Bright Star (2009); a trope explored in Julianne Pidduck‘s PhD thesis on the costume film now accessible online
Film Studies For Free was excited to hear last week that Concordia University has launched its online Institutional Research Repository Spectrum, with 6,000 full-text theses and dissertations. It was excited because it knows that based at Concordia is the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema of the Faculty of Fine Arts, the largest, university centre for the study of film animation, film production and film studies in Canada.
FSFF also specifically knew that highly significant Canadian scholars, such as Julianne Pidduck (now a professor at the Université de Montréal) and André Habib (also at the Université de Montréal) had produced graduate theses there.
So, it is delighted to bring you the below links to the fabulous (mostly) Film Studies thesis resources accessible via the repository, including ones by Pidduck on the costume film (and also on contemporary film noir), Habib’s brilliant francophone thesis on Jean-Luc Godard, and great work by other (now) well-known scholars such as Liz Czach.
- Babineau, Dan (2003) Stairs in cinema : a formal and thematic investigation. Masters thesis, Concordia University.
- Ballantyne Tree, Tanya (1989) Formative evaluation of a documentary film on the effects of poverty on a Montreal family. Masters thesis, Concordia University.
- Bambic-Workman, Helen (1986) Development and evaluation of an instructional manual concerning the Nagra 4.2 film sound tape recorder. Masters thesis, Concordia University.
- Baric, Stephanie (2001) Yugoslav war cinema : shooting a nation which no longer exists. Masters thesis, Concordia University.
- Bird, Charles (1979) The making of 8mm film loops. Masters thesis, Concordia University.
- Black, Joel Elan (2003) ‘Arrested for selling poetry!’ or ‘You wouldn’t want your children reading this’ : the historical significance of the “Howl” obscenity trial. Masters thesis, Concordia University.
- Boudreault-Fournier, Alexandrine (2003) Manufacturing culture in Cuba, an ethnography. Masters thesis, Concordia University.
- Brook, Glenn Leonard (2002) Canada, a people’s history : an analysis of the visual narrative for a colonial nation. Masters thesis, Concordia University.
- Bruce, Jean Marietta (2003) A melodramatic imagined nation : the unruly subject of Canadian cinemas. PhD thesis, Concordia University.
- Castiel, Élie (2003) Pour une esthétique du plan-séquence dans Le Voyage des comédiens de Theo Angelopoulos. Masters thesis, Concordia University.
- Chang, Sandra (2003) Children’s pretend play with television and film-scripted character toys. Masters thesis, Concordia University.
- Cheryl., Dabreo-Ramharack (1998) Uplifting The Black Race – only males need apply : Black male militancy in Malcom X, Panther, Boyz n’ the hood, and Get on the bus. Masters thesis, Concordia University.
- Clarke, Jocelyne (1989) Moving peripheries and marginal cultures : cinema and the “Dark Continent”. Masters thesis, Concordia University.
- Curcin, Nikola R (1983) Investing in Canadian feature films : production and evaluation of a video-tape for potential investors. Masters thesis, Concordia University.
- Czach, Elizabeth (2000) Home movies then and now. Masters thesis, Concordia University.
- D’Amboise, Paul (2002) “Tinseltown as teacher” : a case study of historical feature films as interpretive sources of history within an educational context. Masters thesis, Concordia University.
- Dancsok, Michael (1998) Transcending the documentary : the films of Arthur Lipsett. Masters thesis, Concordia University.
- De B’béri, Boulou Ebanda (2003) Africanicity in Black cinema : a horizontal labyrinth of trans-geographical practices of identity. PhD thesis, Concordia University.
- Deschamps, Lisa Anne (2002) The effects of popular culture on youth sub-culture and how it plays a role in the school environment. Masters thesis, Concordia University.
- Dorland, Michael (1991) The discursive economy of the emergence of the Canadian feature film : discourses of dependency and the governmentalization of a displaced national cinema, 1957-1968. PhD thesis, Concordia University.
- Dufour, Marianne (2000) Through the looking glass : the therapeutic potential of videotaping as an adjunct tool in non directive art therapy in an object relations perspective. Other thesis, Concordia University.
- Egan, Catherine M (1973) Films for art programmes at the secondary level. Masters thesis, Concordia University.
- Frigon, Martin (2003) La fonction historique de la figure du patriote dans le cycle abitibien de Pierre Perrault. Masters thesis, Concordia University.
- Gasher, Mike (1999) The Grey Fox meets Jumanji : the emergence of the feature-film industry in British Columbia. PhD thesis, Concordia University.
- Gilbert, Sylvie (2000) Sortir de table : les performances alimentaires de Carmen Miranda, Louise Mercille et des religieuses du Moyen Âge. Masters thesis, Concordia University.
- Gupta, Dipti (1998) Confronting the challenge of distribution : women documentary filmmakers in India. Masters thesis, Concordia University.
- Habib, André (2001) Origine et fin : Méthode(s). À partir et autour des Histoire(s) du cinéma de Jean-Luc Godard. Masters thesis, Concordia University.
- Jaafar, Nisrine (2001) The blue flame and the red flame: love and eroticism. Masters thesis, Concordia University.
- Jordan, Randolph (2003) Starting from scratch : turntables, auditory representation, and the structure of the known universe in the films of David Lynch. Masters thesis, Concordia University.
- Katadotis, Katina (1995) Quebec’s Cinema act : policy and practical perspectives. Masters thesis, Concordia University.
- Keightley, Keir (1996) Frank Sinatra, hi-fi, and formations of adult culture : gender, technology, and celebrity, 1948-62. PhD thesis, Concordia University.
- Kolomeir, Harriet T (1987) The neighbourhood movie house in Montreal, 1925-1929 : the harmonious whole. Masters thesis, Concordia University.
- Kristmanson, Mark (1999) Plateaus of freedom : nationality, culture and state security in Canada, 1927-1957. PhD thesis, Concordia University.
- Laakso, Hanna Maria (2002) DOGMAtic iconoclasm : performative aspects of realism and excess in Lars von Trier’s Breaking the waves and The idiots. Masters thesis, Concordia University.
- Marsh, Susan (2003) As easy as 1,2,4– : the space of ambiguity in art and teaching. Masters thesis, Concordia University.
- McKee, Tracey L (2000) Good girls do it too! : a look at the representation of women who kill in made-for-TV movies. Masters thesis, Concordia University
- McLeish, Anna (2003) To recycle is to author is to create is to recycle : transitory film authorship, from popular European cinema to post-new Hollywood cinema. Masters thesis, Concordia University.
- Moen, Kristian (2001) “About as shapeless as the Man in the Moon” : the representation of desire and transition in six films of Charles Laughton. Masters thesis, Concordia University.
- Nagy, Judy (1996) Home grown remedies : in-house innovation in the film-making industry. Masters thesis, Concordia University.
- Nichols, Robert Darcey (2003) From monuments to cinema : the question of the counter-monument in two works by Mark Lewis. Masters thesis, Concordia University.
- Pidduck, Julianne (1997) Intimate places and flights of fancy : gender, space, and movement in contemporary costume drama. PhD thesis, Concordia University.
- Pidduck, Julianne (1993) The “fatal femme” in contemporary Hollywood film noir : reframing gender, violence, and power. Masters thesis, Concordia University.
- Pinsonneault, Michael (1999) Social dimensions of Hollywood movie music. PhD thesis, Concordia University.
- Preville, Philip (1997) The effort to forget : collective memory and documentary film in Québec. Masters thesis, Concordia University.
- Primeau, François (2001) Enquête sur la représentation de la masculinité et la Méthode dans le cinéma états-unien des années mille neuf cent soixante-dix : vers une nouvelle conception de l’acteur cinématographique. Masters thesis, Concordia University.
- Pycock, Elizabeth (1992) Memory and anger : teen films and the female body. Masters thesis, Concordia University.
- Read, Robert J (2003) The film noir collection and the legacy of nineteenth century modernity. Masters thesis, Concordia University.
- Ryan, Cyril (1996) Black movie : five picture deal to make gun movies. Masters thesis, Concordia University.
- Schyngera, Wes (1993) Experiencing media : the resonance of post(modern) culture. Masters thesis, Concordia University.
- Shalinsky, Bernard (1977) Multi-sensory exploration of the natural environment : production and evaluation of a super 8 film-based videotape. Masters thesis, Concordia University.
- Simon, Cheryl Inez (1998) Gender, genre and globalization : discourses of “Femininity” in the popular culture of the 1990’s. PhD thesis, Concordia University.
- Sinkinson, Susan (1999) The self as “other” : accessing issues of difference in Trinh T. Minh-Ha’s Reassemblage. Masters thesis, Concordia University.
- Smith, Donna Lee (1989) Mombasa days : a feature-length film script. Masters thesis, Concordia University.
- Smith, Matthew (1996) Introducing a new medium : newspaper reviews of the first film screenings in Montréal, Ottawa, Toronto and New York in 1896. Masters thesis, Concordia University.
- Spivak, Robert (1991) Christopher Durang : satire and beyond. Masters thesis, Concordia University.
- Stober, JoAnne (2001) That’s not what I heard : synchronized sound cinema in Montreal 1926-1931. Masters thesis, Concordia University.
- Stoianova, Christina (1999) The Eastern European crisis of self-knowledge (1948-1989) : the relationship between state and society as reflected in Eastern European film : a genre approach. PhD thesis, Concordia University.
- Suchet, Simone (1994) Le cinéma rural et la société italienne des années soixante-dix : représentations idéologiques et impuissance politique : étude sur Novecento de Bernardo Bertolucci, Padre, padrone de Paolo et Vittorio Taviani, [et] l’Albero degli zoccoli de Ermanno Olmi. PhD thesis, Concordia University.
- Verma, Tina (1999) Re-imagining multiculturalism : how newness enters the world. Masters thesis, Concordia University.
- Weir, Jodi (1999) Performing gender : transgenderism as critique. Masters thesis, Concordia University.
- Zhou, Hao (2003) Application of 3D facial animation techniques for Chinese opera. Masters thesis, Concordia University.
- Zielinski, Ger (1996) Towards the “Utopie film” : aspects of Adorno’s thought in Alexander Kluge’s antagonistic concept of realism. Masters thesis, Concordia University.