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11.25.2014 | 61 days ago | Posted at 08:21 AM

New Essays on Film Noir

By David Luhrssen
One of the pleasures of Kiss the Blood Off My Hands: On Classic Film Noir (published by University of Minnesota Press) is Philippa Gates’ essay, “The Female Detective in Film Noir.” The Canadian film studies professor sets out to revise assumptions about women in noir that have hardened into dogma, especially the one about the two kinds of gals inhabiting those movies: the femme fatale and ...
05.07.2014 | | Posted at 10:13 AM
By David Luhrssen
  Japanese cartoons, or manga, are the primary source for that nation’s distinctive genre of animated film, anime. Edited by Frenchy Lunning, Tezuka’s Manga Life (University of Minnesota Press) is an essay collection on the work of the influential and prolific manga artist Tezuka Osamu (1928-1989). Tezuka was responsible for Japan’s first successful animated export, the 1960...
04.07.2014 | | Posted at 04:46 PM
By David Luhrssen
  Hollywood’s infamous casting couch wasn’t just for actresses. Some actors advanced along the same route via the industry’s influential, closeted gays. Long time entertainment journalist Robert Hofler, in his tell-all The Man Who Invented Rock Hudson: The Pretty Boys and the Dirty Deals of Henry Willson (out in paperback from University of Minnesota Press), explores the sha...
03.20.2013 | | Posted at 05:49 PM

Seeing through Japanese animation

By David Luhrssen
  Anime, the distinctly Japanese genre of animation, is inherently subversive. Not necessarily by supporting any particular ideology but for undermining the Cartesian philosophy and aesthetics that insists upon dividing the world in two—body from mind, subject from object… This binary system is fine for computers, but shortchanges the great possibilities available to humanity. ...
12.21.2012 | | Posted at 11:54 AM

Astronomy, Aesthetics and the Hubble Telescope

By David Luhrssen
  They are beautiful, those images of the cosmos produced from photos taken from the orbiting Hubble Telescope. And those brightly colored pictures of spiraling galaxies against the expanse of infinity have permeated popular consciousness, replacing the old starry night backdrops of science-fiction movies and acting as a cosmic motif in Terrence Malick’s Tree of Life. But as Sta...
11.13.2012 | | Posted at 11:35 AM
By David Luhrssen
  Many film buffs consider Werner Herzog as a ‘70s art house director who moved into documentaries during the past 15 years, but as Eric Ames reminds us, Herzog made documentaries from the start. Ames’ book, Ferocious Reality: Documentary According to Werner Herzog (University of Minnesota Press), analyzes the aesthetic of the German director, who has often denounced the as...
10.08.2012 | | Posted at 09:56 AM
By David Luhrssen
  F. Scott Fitzgerald was one of 20th century America’s great writers and like many important authors of his era, he tried his hand in Hollywood. Scott Donaldson’s biography F. Scott Fitzgerald: Fool for Love is concerned chiefly with the author’s relations with women and class, which he correctly identifies as the twin cylinders of his creative engine. Hollywood occupies relat...
05.14.2010 | | Posted at 09:46 AM

Dark Visions of the Future

By David Luhrssen
Alan Moore is not the exclusive subject of Peter Y. Paik�s new book, but the brilliant mind behind The Watchmen and V for Vendetta, graphic novels (a term Moore hates) that became films (that he disclaimed) occupies many pages. In From Utopia to Apocalypse: Science Fiction and the Politics of Catastrophe (University of Minnesota Press), Paik, a UWM comparative literature professor, examines wo...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

Movies and Memory

By David Luhrssen
Most of us have a particular, favorite film that calls up experiences, emotions, memories. Perhaps that movie has somehow become a reference to the whole of your life? That's what Casablanca is for French anthropologist Marc Auge. An adolescent in 1947 when Casablanca was belatedly released in France, Auge relates the film not only to the time he first encountered it but to his childhood wartime...