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In 1916, a celebrated artists' model named Audrey Munson appeared in her second film, Purity . Munson's film career and the film itself are little known. This essay shows that this particular film played a role, heretofore unacknowledged, in the development of National Board of Review policy...
The story of Carmen (Mérimée 1845, Bizet 1875), the (in)famous Gypsy from Spain, is the second most adapted narrative in the history of world cinema with more than eighty global versions officially recognized to date; however, one significant and critical version has been overlooked, the...
This article studies the success of the Twilight franchise in relation to the stardom of Robert Pattinson by proposing a model of interpretation called “the poetics of addiction.” The term addiction is used in this essay not as a top-down form of dependency but as a multilateral and...
This essay considers how ideas about liberation flourished in Japanese sex films in the 1970s by exploring the genre of the housewife film as it traverses industrial contexts. Liberation was abandoned by melancholic male intellectuals after the 1970 failure to halt Japan's military treaty with...
This essay explores the role that men played — as costars and fans — in Shirley Temple's film career, arguing that Temple's stardom stood at the juncture of two paradigms. It was built upon the fairly stable understanding that male child loving signified men's discipline and restraint, a...
Asian diasporic identities exist in a complicated tension with Asian nationalist identity formations, simultaneously affirming and disavowing the nation-state as constitutive of identity. Video maker Ming-Yuen S. Ma's work focuses on problematics of translation as a metaphor for homosexuality in...
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