On Embodiment and the Body: New Issue of CINEMA: Journal of Philosophy and the Moving Image


New Issue of LA FURIA UMANA on Jerry Lewis and much more…

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…

nota editoriale

rapporto confidenziale

prima linea

histoire(s) du cinéma

l’occhio che uccide

flaming creatures

the whole town’s talking

western fragmenta

the new world

Latest issues of KINEMA: von Trier, Czech cinema, Romanian cinema, Woody Allen, cult cinema, de Mille, Schnabel, Practice vs. Theory

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.

Lots of good stuff here, and even some good stuff on bad stuff, but FSFF especially recommends Mette Hjort’s wonderful article on Lars von Trier.

Fall 2011

Spring 2011

30+ articles from the Journal of Aesthetics and Culture

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.

FSFF has also added JAC to its permanent listing of excellent, Open Access film and moving image studies journals

Vol. 1 (2009)

Vol. 2 (2010)

Vol 3 (2011)

>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

>B for Bad Cinema: Colloquy from Monash


Image from Snakes on a Plane (David R. Ellis, 2006); Read Kirsten Stevens’s article Snakes on a Plane and the prefabricated cult film (pdf) from the new issue of Colloquy

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 essays will also form the basis of two talks to be given in the next few weeks: on March 8 at Liverpool John Moores University; and on March 17 at the University of Sussex (details to follow).

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.

All articles are in pdf format. To download the whole issue as one file, click Issue 18.

B for Bad Cinema from Colloquy (Monash University), Issue 18, December 2009

Concordia cinema studies resources freely accessible online

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.