Abstract for Thriller Genre Research

The motivation behind this research is to further understand the components of successful thrillers throughout the history of film.  Elements examined will include cinematography, editing, the underlying script and plot breakdown, film scores, and directorial decisions.  Though each element will be studied independently, an emphasis will be placed on a more complex analysis to see […]

Abstract: Joan of Arc’s Femininity as a Counter-Identity to Heroism in Francophone Film

As a woman in the 21st century, I am very conscious of the ways that women are represented in the media, advertising, and film. In my French class last fall, I conducted research on the representation of women heros on the big screen, most notably through the recent Wonder Woman film. Having read extensively in […]

The Virtue of a Trash movie

There’s a famous essay by Pauline Kael about trash movies and art. One line was quite refreshing to hear from an academic: Perhaps the single most intense pleasure of moviegoing is this non-aesthetic one of escaping from the       responsibilities of having the proper responses required of us in our official (school) culture. […]