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The Portrait Looks Back: Revising Hitchcockian Tradition in Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Halynna Snyder

How Celine Sciamma’s film redefines romance and subverts the myth of the muse


Vertiginous Memories: Traces of Hitchcock in La Jetée and Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Lexi Baird

How Chris Marker and Céline Sciamma respectively rework motifs from Vertigo



Matriarchy in The Birds: A Feminine Power Struggle between Melanie and Lydia 

Reanna Brooks

How Hitchcock’s horror-melodrama thematically explores a crisis within a makeshift family


Gender Performance as Sacrifice in Stella Dallas

Barbara Blaschke

How Barbara Stanwyck’s heroine navigates society’s loopholes through her sacrificial acts




Masculine Hierarchies, Voice, and the Clown-Cuckold Figure in The Blue Angel

Liam Bradford

How Sternberg’s melodrama spotlights emasculation vis-à-vis the rise of the “New Woman”




Jia Zhangke’s Emotional Questioning of Contemporary China

Tyler Kwok

How one of the world’s most resourceful independent directors meditates on mainland China’s social, economic, and political transformations



Hanging Out at the Movies: Nostalgia, Spectatorship, and Slowness in Tsai Ming-liang’s Goodbye, Dragon Inn

Josh Martin

How Tsai’s emblematic slow film stages a hangout session with its nostalgic audience


Infectious Atmospheres: The Horror of Japanese New Media in Ring

Ben Van Welzen

How this J-horror classic envelops the spectator with virally contagious forces



Political Monstrosity Framed as Normality: Romero’s Horror Aesthetics in The Crazies

Ben Newport-Foster

How Romero’s underseen horror film exposes the incompetence of state power



Homegrown: Horror Short Film

Evan Davison

A cinematic journey into houseplant horror and the gothic uncanny


Funneling Out: The Ever-Present Constriction on Black Filmmakers in Hollywood

Veronica Chandler

How Black creatives are striving to change how we discuss Black media



From Hurdanos to Hakua Cults: On Ethnographic Surrealism in Buñuel and Rouch Films

Macy Meyer

How two controversial documentaries use surrealism to enact ethical provocations



Couples Lost in Time: Hiroshima, mon amour and L’Eclisse

Dylan Caskie

How modern cinematic experiments by Resnais and Antonioni reconfigure the romantic couple




Affective Mood as a Narrative Tool in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood 

Julia Stamey

How Marielle Heller’s take on Mr. Rogers uses mood to teach and soothe its adult audience


Drama in the Dull: Journalistic Process and Moral Ambiguity in All the President’s Men

Ryan Wilcox

How Pakula’s cinematic treatment of investigative journalism negotiates between tiny details and infinitely large corruption