Interviews with film makers and scholars of film about their new books.

Jared Stearns, "Pure: The Sexual Revolutions of Marilyn Chambers" (Headpress, 2024)

June 14, 2024

Pure: The Sexual Revolutions of Marilyn Chambers

Jared Stearns
Hosted by Rebekah Buchanan

In Pure: The Sexual Revolutions of Marilyn Chambers (Headpress, 2024), Jared Stearns tells the untold story of the world's most famous X-rated star, w…

On Richard Linklater and “Hit Man”

June 14, 2024

On Richard Linklater and “Hit Man”

Hosted by UConn PopCast

It’s the UConn Popcast, and “Hit Man” is writer and director Richard Linklater’s latest film, available on Netflix after a brief theatrical run. We an…

Amrita Ghosh, "Kashmir's Necropolis: Literary, Cultural, and Visual Texts" (Lexington Books, 2023)

June 4, 2024

Kashmir's Necropolis

Amrita Ghosh
Hosted by Arnab Dutta Roy

Amrita Ghosh's book Kashmir's Necropolis: Literary, Cultural, and Visual Texts (Lexington Books, 2023) is an interdisciplinary book that studies liter…

American Movie

June 3, 2024

American Movie

If you’ve seen Hearts of Darkness, you can better appreciate what Coppola endured while making Apocalypse Now; if you’ve seen River of Dreams, you can…

Robert Phillip Kolker and Marsha Gordon, "Film, Form, and Culture" (Routledge, 2024)

May 30, 2024

Film, Form, and Culture

Robert Phillip Kolker and Marsha Gordon
Hosted by Daniel Moran

This fifth edition of Film, Form, and Culture (Routledge, 2024) offers a lively introduction to both the formal and cultural aspects of film. With …

Goodnight Mommy

May 27, 2024

Goodnight Mommy

Goodnight Mommy (2014) is a perfect “office movie”: one difficult to recommend to others and better when watched alone. It’s strong stuff. Young boys…

Modern Romance

May 20, 2024

Modern Romance

When looking for love, we don’t attract what we want--we attract what we are. That’s one of the many ideas dramatized in Modern Romance (1991), our t…

Emily Strand and Amy H. Sturgis, "Star Wars: Essays Exploring a Galaxy Far, Far Away" (Vernon Press, 2023)

May 10, 2024

Star Wars

Emily Strand and Amy H. Sturgis

'Star Wars' is a global phenomenon that in 2022 celebrated its 45th year of transmedia storytelling, and it has never been more successful than it is …

Julia Havas, "Woman Up: Invoking Feminism in Quality Television" (Wayne State UP, 2022)

May 8, 2024

Woman Up

Julia Havas
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

While American television has long relied on a strategic foregrounding of feminist politics to promote certain programming's cultural value, Woman Up:…

Hobson’s Choice

May 6, 2024

Hobson’s Choice

Hobson’s Choice (1954) is the perfect example of a very specific genre: the capitalist romance. Filled with a Dickensian love of humanity and featuri…

Sydney Stern, "The Brothers Mankiewicz: Hope, Heartbreak, and Hollywood Classics" (UP of Mississippi, 2019)

May 5, 2024

The Brothers Mankiewicz

Sydney Stern
Hosted by Joel Tscherne

Herman J. (1897–1953) and Joseph L. Mankiewicz (1909–1993) wrote, produced, and directed over 150 pictures. With Orson Welles, Herman wrote the screen…

Patrick Humphries, "Cleopatra and the Undoing of Hollywood: How One Film Almost Sunk the Studios" (History Press, 2023)

May 4, 2024

Cleopatra and the Undoing of Hollywood

Patrick Humphries
Hosted by Latoya Johnson

The astonishing behind-the-scenes story of the 1963 film Cleopatra and how it changed the face of Hollywood makes it one of the most fabled films of …

John Powers, "Technology and the Making of Experimental Film Culture" (Oxford UP, 2023)

May 4, 2024

Technology and the Making of Experimental Film Culture

John Powers
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

The Bolex camera, 16mm reversal film stocks, commercial film laboratories, and low-budget optical printers were the small-gauge media technologies tha…

Robert Farley on how "Andor" recreates "The Battle of Algiers" (and it works)

May 3, 2024

Robert Farley on how "Andor" recreates "The Battle of Algiers" (and it works)

Robert Farley
Hosted by UConn PopCast

It’s the UConn Popcast, and today we are joined by Professor Robert Farley, author of “Andor: Star Wars Recreates the Battle of Algiers (And it Works)…

Kristi Irene McKim, "Rushmore" (British Film Institute, 2023)

May 3, 2024


Kristi Irene McKim
Hosted by Pete Kunze

Earning critical acclaim and commercial success upon its 1998 release, Rushmore-the sophomore film of American auteur Wes Anderson-quickly gained the …

Katie Gee Salisbury, "Not Your China Doll: The Wild and Shimmering Life of Anna May Wong" (Dutton, 2024)

May 2, 2024

Not Your China Doll

Katie Gee Salisbury
Hosted by Nicholas Gordon

In 2022, the U.S. Mint released the first batch of its American Women Quarters series, celebrating the achievements of U.S. women throughout its histo…

We Own the Night

April 29, 2024

We Own the Night

Is there anything so refreshing for a film fanatic as a film about grownups? The mid-budget We Own the Night (2007) is a tonic in a world of films co…

Pamela Robertson Wojcik, "Unhomed: Cycles of Mobility and Placelessness in American Cinema" (U California Press, 2024)

April 24, 2024


Pamela Robertson Wojcik
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

In Unhomed: Cycles of Mobility and Placelessness in American Cinema (University of California Press, 2024), Dr. Pamela Roberston Wojcik examines Ameri…

Alexander Greenhough, "Albert Brooks: Interviews" (UP of Mississippi, 2024)

April 24, 2024

Albert Brooks

Alexander Greenhough
Hosted by Daniel Moran

Albert Brooks: Interviews (UP of Mississippi, 2024) brings together fourteen profiles of and conversations with Brooks (b. 1947), in which he contempl…

Cat People

April 22, 2024

Cat People

“I envy normal women—they’re free,” laments Irina Dubrovna Reed, in Jacques Tourner’s 1942 film, one as noir as Out of the Past which he would direct …