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The booklet covers strange and infrequently fantastic components of horror movie heritage: The harrowingly tragic lifetime of Dracula's best woman, Helen Chandler, as in detail remembered via her sister-in-law. John Barrymore's 1931 horror autos Svengali and The Mad Genius, and their rejection by means of the general public. The disastrous capturing of 1933's Murders within the Zoo, possibly the main racy of all Pre-Code horror movies. A candid interview with the son of mythical horror megastar Lionel Atwill. The censorship battles of 1 extra River, as waged by way of Frankenstein director James Whale. The adventures (and misadventures) of Boris Karloff as a celebrity at Warner Bros. The level and reveal models of the horror/comedy Arsenic and previous Lace. creation diaries of the horror noirs Cat humans and The Curse of the Cat humans. Frankenstein Meets the Wolf guy revisited. Horror propaganda: The construction of Hitler's Madman. Horror superstar John Carradine and the increase and fall of his Shakespearean Repertory corporation. The surprise! Theatre tv phenomenon. And A Tribute to Carl Laemmle, Jr., manufacturer of the unique common horror classics, together with an interview together with his girlfriend of virtually forty years.
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As Conway puts it, thematic and visual analysis of sex in these films is a way of wielding power, a means to self-knowledge, and an index to the elusiveness of the conjuncture of emotional and physical pleasure for women, thus contributing to larger debates not only about sex on film, but also on the cultural status of women. Frequently, sexual expression is associated with anger, violence, sadism, and even masochism – sometimes to the point of murder, as in certain films of Catherine Breillat and Bruno Dumont, thus contributing to larger debates not only about sex on film, but also about the role of sex within the psychic economy of individuals troubled by the conditions of their existence in the contemporary world.
8 I would like to thank Michel Marie for drawing attention to this input from French production companies. 9 See, in particular, Jean-Michel Frodon, L’ Âge moderne du cinéma français: de la Nouvelle Vague à nos jours (Paris: Flammarion, 1995), René Prédal, Le Cinéma français des années 1990: une génération de transition (Paris: Armand Colin, 2008); René Prédal, Le Cinéma français depuis 2000: un renouvellement incessant (Paris: Armand Colin, 2008); and Tim Palmer, Brutal Intimacy: Analyzing Contemporary French Cinema (Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press, 2011).
Particularly as they concern the feeling of belonging to France. ” As Raphaëlle Moine points out in Chapter 10, extending Vincendeau’s insights, the processes that one can observe in this movement of beur stars from the margins to the center, are in the vanguard of larger forces that are currently taking place in French society itself. As might be expected in a society that many claim is undergoing a crisis of identity in the face of economic and cultural changes brought about by global capitalism and transnational migration, political cinema has enjoyed a marked resurgence during the period under consideration.