Film October 20, 2020

The Films of Martin Scorsese

Gangsters, Greed, and Guilt

Eric San Juan

Hosted by Joel Tscherne
Few mainstream filmmakers have as pronounced a disregard for the supposed rules of filmmaking as Martin Scorsese. His inventiveness displays a reaction against the “right” way to make a movie …
Film October 5, 2020

Feeding the Dragon

Inside the Trillion Dollar Dilemma Facing Hollywood, the NBA, and American Business

Chris Fenton

Hosted by Nick Pozek
For seventeen years, Chris Fenton served as the president of DMG Entertainment Motion Picture Group, a multi-billion-dollar global media company headquartered in Beijing. He has produced or supervised twenty-one films …
Film September 30, 2020

Made Men

The Story of Goodfellas

Glenn Kenny

Hosted by Joel Tscherne
For the thirtieth anniversary of its premiere comes the vivid and immersive history behind Martin Scorsese’s signature film Goodfellas, hailed by critics as the greatest mob movie ever made. In …
Film September 28, 2020

The Art of Pure Cinema

Hitchcock and His Imitators

Bruce Isaacs

Hosted by Joel Tscherne
The Art of Pure Cinema: Hitchcock and His Imitators (Oxford University Press) is the first book-length study to examine the historical foundations and stylistic mechanics of pure cinema. Author Bruce …
Film September 25, 2020

The Divo and the Duce

Promoting Film Stardom and the Political Leadership in 1920s America

Giorgio Bertellini

Hosted by Ellen Nerenberg
In 1927, the Hollywood stars (and spouses), Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks, Jr stood outside their California home, arms raised in fascist salute. The photo’s caption, referencing the couple’s trip …
Film September 16, 2020

Roland Barthes and Film

Myth, Eroticism and Poetics

Patrick Ffrench

Hosted by Bill Schaffer
Roland Barthes and Film: Myth, Eroticism and Poetics (Bloomsbury) is a book by Patrick Ffrench, Professor of French at Kings College. It is a comprehensively researched and finely argued book …
Film September 15, 2020

News Parade

The American Newsreel and the World as Spectacle

Joseph Clark

Hosted by Joel Tscherne
When weekly newsreels launched in the early twentieth century, they offered the U.S. public the first weekly record of events that symbolized “indisputable evidence” of the news. In News Parade …
Film September 10, 2020

NeuroScience Fiction

Rodrigo Quian Quiroga

Hosted by John Griffiths
In NeuroScience Fiction (Benbella Books, 2020), Rodrigo Quian Quiroga shows how the outlandish premises of many seminal science fiction movies are being made possible by new discoveries and technological advances …
Film August 28, 2020

Hollywood Hates Hitler!

Jew-bating, Anti-Nazism, and the Senate Investigation into Warmongering in Motion Pictures

Chris Yogerst

Hosted by Joel Tscherne
In September 1941, a handful of isolationist senators set out to tarnish Hollywood for warmongering. The United States was largely divided on the possibility of entering the European War, yet …
Film August 26, 2020

Watching Sympathetic

Gomorrah and Beyond

Dana Renga

Hosted by Giancarlo Glombardi
In Watching Sympathetic Perpetrators on Italian Television: Gomorrah and Beyond (Palgrave MacMillan, 2019), Dana Renga offers the first comprehensive study of recent, popular Italian television. Building on work in American …
Film August 21, 2020

Music by Max Steiner

The Epic Life of Hollywood’s Most Influential Composer

Steven C. Smith

Hosted by Joel Tscherne
During a seven-decade career that spanned from 19th century Vienna to 1920s Broadway to the golden age of Hollywood, three-time Academy Award winner Max Steiner did more than any other …
Film August 20, 2020

Arab Americans in Film

From Hollywood and Egyptian Stereotypes to Self-representation

Waleed Mahdi

Hosted by Josephine Chaet
Dr. Waleed Mahdi’s book, Arab Americans in Film: From Hollywood and Egyptian Stereotypes to Self-Representation (Syracuse University Press) offers a comparative analysis of the portrayals of Arab Americans in film …
Film August 7, 2020

Abjection Incorporated

Mediating the Politics of Pleasure and Violence

M. Hennefeld and N. Sammond

Hosted by Joel Tscherne
From the films of Larry Clark to the feminist comedy of Amy Schumer to the fall of Louis C. K., comedic, graphic, and violent moments of abjection have permeated twentieth- …
Film August 4, 2020

The Cinema of Paolo Sorrentino

Commitment to Style

Russell J. A. Kilbourn

Hosted by Nicoletta Marini-Maio
Russell J. A. Kilbourn’s The Cinema of Paolo Sorrentino: Commitment to Style (Wallflower Press, 2020) is the first comprehensive study published in the English-speaking world on one of the most …
Film July 24, 2020

White Balance

How Hollywood Shaped Colorblind Ideology and Undermined Civil Rights

Justin Gomer

Hosted by Derek Litvak
Justin Gomer is the author of White Balance: How Hollywood Shaped Colorblind Ideology and Undermined Civil Rights, published by the University of North Carolina Press in 2020. White Balance explores …
Film July 24, 2020

The Autistic Stage

How Cognitive Disability Changed 20th-Century Performance

Telory Arendell

Hosted by Andy Boyd
In The Autistic Stage: How Cognitive Disability Changed 20th-Century Performance (Sense Publishers, 2015) (Sense Publishers, 2015), Telory Arendell creates a revolutionary fusion of disability studies and performance studies. Arendell touches …
Film July 7, 2020

The Beginning or the End

How Hollywood—and America—Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

Greg Mitchell

Hosted by Joel Tscherne
Soon after atomic bombs exploded over Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, MGM set out to make a movie studio chief Louis B. Mayer called “the most important story” he would …
Film July 6, 2020

Leadership Through the Lens

Interrogating Production, Presentation, and Power

Creshema Murray

Hosted by Lee Pierce
Television informs our perceptions and expectations of leaders and offers a guide to understanding how we, as organizational actors, should communicate, act, and relate. Join NBN host Lee Pierce (s/t) …
Film July 6, 2020

Music for the Kingdom of Shadows

Cinema Accompaniment in the Age of Spiritualism

Kendra Preston Leonard

Hosted by Kristen Turner
We might call movies made before the advent of the talkies in 1927 silent films—but for the audience, they were certainly not silent. Live orchestras and solo instrumentalists accompanied early …