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Pedro Almodóvar: Spain’s Enfant Terrible

Emanuel Levy, Pedro Almodóvar, Terence Davies, Todd Haynes, Gus Van Sant, and John Waters

in Gay Directors, Gay Films?: Pedro Almodóvar, Terence Davies, Todd Haynes, Gus Van Sant, John Waters

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780231152761
eISBN:
9780231526531
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231152761.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

Ch. 1 describes the career of Almodovar, Europe’s most Influential director, in terms of four phases, from flamboyant bad boy to director of mature melodramas to the maker of four consecutive ... More


Kneeling on Glass—Elaine May’s A New Leaf (1971) as Screwball Black Comedy

Samm Deighan

in ReFocus: The Films of Elaine May

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781474440189
eISBN:
9781474476607
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474440189.003.0005
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Elaine May’s 1971 directorial debut, A New Leaf was a watershed moment within May’s career, but as a film important to the contemporary development of American comedy cinema. This chapter will ... More


The First Female Gaze at Post-war Japanese Women: Tanaka Kinuyo, Film Director

Irene González-López and Ashida Mayu

in Tanaka Kinuyo: Nation, Stardom and Female Subjectivity

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781474409698
eISBN:
9781474444637
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474409698.003.0005
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

The chapter focuses on the production and reception of Love Letter (Koibumi, 1953) and The Moon Has Risen (Tsuki wa noborinu, 1955) –the first two films directed by Tanaka—to call into question the ... More


Introduction: Who’s Kidding?— Approaching Elaine May

Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

in ReFocus: The Films of Elaine May

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781474440189
eISBN:
9781474476607
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474440189.003.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

While not unknown, the films of Elaine May and the importance of her career have been hidden in plain sight. Beginning her career in stand-up comedy with her long-time collaborator Mike Nichols, ... More


Hollywood Can’t Wait: Elaine May and the Delusions of 1970s American Cinema

Maya Montañez Smukler

in ReFocus: The Films of Elaine May

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781474440189
eISBN:
9781474476607
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474440189.003.0003
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Elaine May began her career as a filmmaker during the 1970s when the mythology of the New Hollywood male auteur defined the decade; and the number of women directors, boosted by second wave feminism, ... More


‘I Am a Hindu’: Assertions and Queries

Vasudha Dalmia

in Poetics, Plays, and Performances: The Politics of Modern Indian Theatre

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
October 2012
ISBN:
9780195695052
eISBN:
9780199080335
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195695052.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, Drama

Evaluating the journey of Indian theatre in the twentieth century, this chapter begins with a brief discussion of the increasing involvement of Hindutva and Hindu women in the field of theatre during ... More


Developments under Democracy: Brazilian Women’s Filmmaking in a New Era

Leslie L. Marsh

in Brazilian Women's Filmmaking: From Dictatorship to Democracy

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252037252
eISBN:
9780252094378
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252037252.003.0006
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter discusses the current shape of filmmaking and how women directors have positioned themselves in the new context of film production in which it is increasingly difficult to realize ... More


George Cukor: A Double Life

Patrick McGilligan

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816680382
eISBN:
9781452948843
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816680382.001.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

One of the highest-paid studio contract directors of his time, George Cukor was nominated five times for an Academy Award as Best Director. In publicity and mystique he was dubbed the “women’s ... More


Otto É. May(zo)—Elaine May’s Screenplay of Otto Preminger’s Such Good Friends (1971) as Affirmation that Hell is Other People

Paul Jeffery

in ReFocus: The Films of Elaine May

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781474440189
eISBN:
9781474476607
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474440189.003.0010
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

In February 1971, while her studio-seized debut feature A New Leaf was being readied its premiere, Elaine May took a job-for-hire – adapting Lois Gould's newly published, fictionalized semi-memoir ... More


Women in the Director’s Chair: The ‘Female Gaze’ in Documentary Film

Lisa French

in Female Authorship and the Documentary Image: Theory, Practice and Aesthetics

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9781474419444
eISBN:
9781474444682
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474419444.003.0002
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This essay examines the concept of a ‘female gaze’ in documentary film with a specific consideration of the work, and viewpoints, of women directors. The question asked is whether a film as a ... More


The Lone Woman: Kawase Naomi

Kate E. Taylor-Jones

in Rising Sun, Divided Land: Japanese and South Korean Filmmakers

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231165853
eISBN:
9780231850445
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231165853.003.0013
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter discusses Japanese director Kawase Naomi. It begins with an overview of women in Japanese cinema, and since cinema cannot be seen as separate from the culture it springs from, it also ... More


“Don’t Put A Milky Way in Someone’s Mouth When They Don’t Want It”: A Contemporary Feminist Rereading of Elaine May’s The Heartbreak Kid (1972)

Clem Bastow

in ReFocus: The Films of Elaine May

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781474440189
eISBN:
9781474476607
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474440189.003.0006
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Is it possible to reclaim certain works as part of the feminist film canon, even if they were never intended as such? If Elaine May ever self-identified as a feminist, her public stance on the topic ... More


The Postwar Bubble

Wheeler Winston Dixon

in Film Noir and the Cinema of Paranoia

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748623990
eISBN:
9780748653614
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748623990.003.0003
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Women were among those who eagerly embraced the new world of film noir, having been cut out of the film industry since the 1920s. None did it with more style and verve than Ida Lupino, who directed ... More


Brazilian Women's Filmmaking: From Dictatorship to Democracy

Leslie L. Marsh

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252037252
eISBN:
9780252094378
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252037252.001.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

At most recent count, there are no fewer than forty-five women in Brazil directing or codirecting feature-length fiction or documentary films. In the early 1990s, women filmmakers in Brazil were ... More


Dangerous Business—Elaine May as Existential Improviser

Jake Wilson

in ReFocus: The Films of Elaine May

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781474440189
eISBN:
9781474476607
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474440189.003.0004
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Before Elaine May was a film director, she was famous for her improvised comedy skits with Mike Nichols. While May's subsequent films may not be improvised in the literal sense, this essay will argue ... More


In/Significant Gestures— Elaine May, Screen Performance, and Embodied Collaboration

Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

in ReFocus: The Films of Elaine May

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781474440189
eISBN:
9781474476607
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474440189.003.0009
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

In Elaine May’s professional biography, her role as actor tends to traditionally fall somewhere in line after the fields for which she is most immediately recognized – comic, screenwriter, director. ... More


Spectral Elaine May—The Later Mike Nichols Collaborations and the Myth of the Recluse

Tim O’Farrell

in ReFocus: The Films of Elaine May

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781474440189
eISBN:
9781474476607
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474440189.003.0011
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Elaine May's documentary Mike Nichols: An American Master (2016) surveys Nichols' life and, in particular, work as a noted Hollywood director. The American Masters series, described on the PBS ... More


Hollywood Transgressor or Hollywood Transvestite?: The Reception of Kathryn Bigelow’s

Katarzyna Paszkiewicz

in Doing Women's Film History: Reframing Cinemas, Past and Future

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252039683
eISBN:
9780252097775
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252039683.003.0013
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter examines the discursive circulation of Kathryn Bigelow's 2008 film The Hurt Locker and the debates that broke out about the suppression of gender in her 2010 Academy Award acceptance ... More


ReFocus: The Films of Elaine May

Alexandra Heller-Nicholas and Dean Brandum (eds)

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781474440189
eISBN:
9781474476607
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474440189.001.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This book explores the diverse career of director, screenwriter, comic and actor, Elaine May Spanning from obscurity to notoriety, the films of director, screenwriter, actor and comic Elaine May have ... More


Traveling Memories: Women’s Reminiscences of Displaced Childhood in Chilean Postdictatorship Documentary

Elizabeth Ramírez Soto

in Doing Women's Film History: Reframing Cinemas, Past and Future

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252039683
eISBN:
9780252097775
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252039683.003.0011
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter examines recent homecoming films as documents informed by experiences of exile in the context of postdictatorial Chile. It analyzes three first-person documentaries by second-generation ... More


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