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

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…

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…

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 …

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

Hosted by Daniel Moran

“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 …

Diana Leon-Boys, "Elena, Princesa of the Periphery: Disney’s Flexible Latina Girl" (Rutgers UP, 2023)

April 19, 2024

Elena, Princesa of the Periphery

Diana Leon-Boys
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

In the summer of 2016, Disney introduced its first Latina princess, Elena of Avalor. Elena, Princess of the Periphery: Disney’s Flexible Latina Girl (…

Eve Golden, "Strictly Dynamite: The Sensational Life of Lupe Velez" (UP of Kentucky, 2023)

April 17, 2024

Strictly Dynamite

Eve Golden

Before Salma Hayek, Eva Longoria, and Penelope Cruz, there was Lupe Velez―one of the first Latin-American stars to sweep past the xenophobia of old Ho…

Cathy Yue Wang, "Snake Sisters and Ghost Daughters: Feminist Adaptations of Traditional Tales in Chinese Fantasy" (Wayne State UP, 2023)

April 17, 2024

Snake Sisters and Ghost Daughters

Cathy Yue Wang
Hosted by Linshan Jiang

Contemporary Chinese film and literature often draw on time-honored fantastical texts and tales which were founded in the milieu of patriarchy, parent…

Sharrona Pearl, "Mask" (Bloombury, 2024)

April 14, 2024


Sharrona Pearl
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

From the theatre mask and masquerade to the masked criminal and the rise of facial recognition software, masks have long performed as an instrument fo…

Grazia Ingravalle, "Archival Film Curatorship: Early and Silent Cinema from Analog to Digital" (Amsterdam UP, 2024)

April 12, 2024

Archival Film Curatorship

Grazia Ingravalle
Hosted by Jen Hoyer

Archival Film Curatorship: Early and Silent Cinema from Analog to Digital (Amsterdam UP, 2023) is the first book-length study that investigates film a…

Pan’s Labyrinth

April 8, 2024

Pan’s Labyrinth

In 1965, Bob Dylan teased the squares by stating, “Something is happening but you don’t know what it is.” The same could be said for childhood and Pa…