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Technologies of Surveillance, Knowledge and Power in Paramount Budget Documents, 1927–58
William Thomas McClain

Film production at Paramount Pictures during the so-called classical era required the mobilisation of massive material and human capital that depended on institutional systems of surveillance, knowledge creation and control ranging from departmental affiliations to the pre-printed budget forms. This article focuses on those pre-printed budget forms as technologies of knowledge and power, revealing that the necessities of creating and managing coalitions of expert labourers created alternative power centres and spaces where being the object of surveillance was itself a source of power. It concludes by discussing the implications of this ecology for the historiography of Hollywood.

Film Studies
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Byrne Katherine, Taddeo Julie Anne, and Leggott James

devastating effects of pandemics. This collection considers these key issues, alongside the appeal and popularity of the medical plot, and the way medicine has become ‘heritage’ due to its inclusion in period drama. Scope of the collection We begin with period dramas set in the early modern period of European, British, and American history, a time when medicine as a profession was coming into its own, as trained experts tried to

in Diagnosing history
Harlots and televising the realities of eighteenth-century English prostitution
Brig Kristin and Clark Emily J.

medical experts for themselves and those close to them. Through its premise, Harlots becomes an effective vehicle to transmit the history of eighteenth-century prostitution to popular audiences. It is part of a recent trend in televised period pieces to expose the power dynamics of historical narratives. Scholarship on period pieces, including essays in this volume, has pointed out how series such as

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The professionalisation of medicine in Poldark
Sadler Barbara

the leg – in particular, the knee. In series four, after the duel with Monk Adderley (Max Bennett) (S4E7), Ross has been shot and Enys is seen to expertly remove a piece of Poldark’s bone in a bloody and graphic scene. Such depictions are at odds with the common misconception of period drama as soothing depictions of the past or ‘warm bath tv’ ( Hunt, 2007 ). Byrne claims period drama has undergone an evolution of sorts and it is more accepted that

in Diagnosing history
Jonathan Bignell

an intersection of many related aesthetic, political and cultural meanings. The BBC's restrained approach to the colour in Vanity Fair repeated Hollywood's careful extension of colour from animation and fantasy into scripted historical drama. When Technicolor introduced its first colour cameras (Higgins 2007 ) the company assigned expert advisers during shooting, who were insistent that colour should be used appropriately and with restraint. In lavish costume dramas and period adaptations, colour might indeed be appropriate, and it is no

in Complexity / simplicity
Portraying medicine, poverty, and the bubonic plague in La Peste
Ragas José, Palma Patricia, and González-Donoso Guillermo

months with experts and art historians to recreate even the smallest details in terms of not only material culture but also social behaviour and urban planning ( Failes, 2018 ). The outcome holds a high degree of accuracy which allows viewers to confidently interpret the overt contradictions of the Spanish Renaissance. The spiritual universe permeates the episodes and determines not only the Sevillians’ mental horizons but the

in Diagnosing history
James Zborowski

, and a rich and varied world of characters, to experience in a short span of time. The first element of expert balancing achieved by these montages that we can point to is their mixing of moments which function as epilogues to the main plotlines of each season, those which show characters engaged in reflection, those which show passages of time and experience ending, those which show new chapters beginning, and those which function as concrete visualisations of the expression ‘… and life goes on’. To take the Season 1 montage as our example: the sequence begins in a

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Beckett’s media mysticism in and beyond Rough for Theatre II
Balazs Rapcsak

is not a human being, but the compulsions of sense-making, its inclusions and exclusions.’ 5 Emilie Morin has recently put forward the intriguing suggestion that the three characters may actually have ‘uncharacteristically realist referent[s]’, and that naming one of them ‘Bertrand’ may have been inspired by ‘the chief French expert in cryptography during the Second World War’, Gustave Bertrand, who helped break the Enigma code

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The lady physician in the American western
Antonovich Jacqueline D.

than back east.’ She replies that she’s no doctor, just ‘an expert at tending to gunshot wounds, stitching up knife wounds, and saving the life of worthless murderers’. She informs Hardie she is returning to Boston and does not want to hear about the frontier ever again. In the course of their stagecoach ride, a robbery occurs, a bandit is shot, and Dr Alice refuses to provide medical care to the wounded. Hardie, who acts as

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Complex/simple moments in Rick and Morty
James Walters

explicitly been shown his expert use of the portal gun already) but the theory nevertheless takes its place within an expanding network of theories that have built up around the programme. The incorporation of a title sequence into this kind of speculation exemplifies the extent to which an especially wide array of textual details from Rick and Morty can be employed by dedicated viewers to develop wider theories of continuity and coherence across seasons of the show. This search for clues and evidence is surely prompted by the

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