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Film festivals and the revival of Classic Hollywood
Julian Stringer

explain this phenomenon, consider the ‘Treasures from the Archive’ presentation of 1997. This series includes a short season on Frank Capra ‘in his centenary year’. 12 The three titles presented here are instructive in terms of the different ways in which ‘one of the greatest directors of Hollywood’s Golden Age’ (58) is being re-positioned for contemporary audiences. Readers

in Memory and popular film
Susan M. Johns

, including Muriel, who is called domina donationis.7 The use of the term suggests that the scribe who compiled/transcribed the charter sought a way to describe her key role as patron and benefactor, and suggests that the nunnery, although founded by Jordan and Muriel conjointly, may have been her initiative.8 In the same period they also made arrangements with Clerkenwell for their daughter’s entry as a nun there. The charter’s witness list includes Michael Capra and Roesia, his wife, who is probably Roesia the daughter of Muriel and Jordan, who later became a nun at

in Noblewomen, aristocracy and power in the twelfth-century Anglo-Norman realm
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Barry Atkins

sentimentality in recreating the milieu of Frank Capra’s film It’s a Wonderful Life (1946).2 A joke is being played out here at the expense of many of the common assumptions that are made about the players of computer games – that they are male, immature, are only interested in women in terms of breast-size, and what they mean by ‘better than life’ shows the banality of an imagination stunted by the encounter with computer games rather than somehow nurtured chap6.p65 141 13/02/03, 14:24 142 More than a game by it. The computer game as effective simulation becomes a

in More than a game
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Ian Scott and Henry Thompson

juncture. Arguably, politics has been the worst of all pursuits for filmmakers throughout Hollywood’s history. The triumphant and insightful, not to say commercially successful, films in this genre often are perceived to be few and far between. For every Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) there is a State of the Union (1948); for every The Manchurian Candidate (1962), a Seven Days in May (1964); and for every JFK there is a Nixon. However, each of these combinations are instructive: the first pair were directed by Frank Capra, the second by John Frankenheimer, and the

in The cinema of Oliver Stone
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Pleasantville and the textuality of media memory
Paul Grainge

liberal fairytale about freedom and tolerance in the Frank Capra tradition’. 7 While the visual technique of Pleasantville was central to many favourable reviews, the type and degree of the film’s quotational referencing became a theme of critical concern, if not explicit complaint. The film invokes a gathering of cultural moments and movements under the aegis of a growing expressive creativity in

in Memory and popular film
Ross M. English

closely divided, there is a danger of enough supporters of the measure leaving the Capitol that a vote could be called by the filibustering Senator and the measure may be defeated. These are particular dangers towards the end of the week when Senators are looking to return home to their constituencies. Faced with these problems, the proponents of the measure may choose to withdraw it for another time, or to negotiate. The filibuster was immortalised in Frank Capra’s excellent 1939 film Mr Smith Goes to Washington, where an honest but naive young Senator, Jefferson Smith

in The United States Congress
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Bill Prosser

terrible doodler’, its editors were duped well enough to award him a prize of ten shillings. The contest cashed in on a worldwide craze for doodling in the late 1930s following Frank Capra’s 1936 film Mr Deeds Goes to Town. A comedy, this revolves around Gary Cooper’s amateur musician outsmarting city-slickers set to steal his inherited fortune. Charged that his obsessional tuba-playing is a symptom of insanity he argues that everyone has harmless illogical pastimes, which are even evident here, in the courtroom. The judge, for example, is an ‘O-filler’,15 and the expert

in Beckett and nothing
Acceptance, critique and the bigger picture
Anne B. Ryan

Pursuing a sense of connection along with personal development Both individuality and connectedness are important in challenging the dominant economic and social paradigm. The physicist and philosopher Fritjof Capra has observed that, through self-assertion, the individual maintains diversity and energy, which are essential to the creative potential of the whole. Combining individuality with integration into a group or collectivity makes for a healthy system.33 Modern ways of living emphasise individualism and compartmentalisation. Individuality is different from

in The end of Irish history?
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The cinematic afterlife of an early modern political diva
Elisabeth Bronfen and Barbara Straumann

politician and Frank Capra’s benign figure of paternal authority, the costume melodramas of the late 1930s and early 1940s displace the struggles of male leaders such as Roosevelt and Churchill onto the figure of the Queen and her political adversaries. 9 Part and parcel of this displacement is the manner in which quasi-historical representations serve to support the war effort by moving into an earlier

in The British monarchy on screen
Jenny Edkins

that arose in the early years of the twentieth century take as accepted among other things the impossibility of independent observation, the straightforward existence of objects, or a defined temporality, and this is the picture of the world that makes sense to me. It is also a picture of the world as fundamentally interconnected, a notion expressed perhaps most clearly by Fritjof Capra, whose book, first published in 1975, draws connections between modern physics and Indian and Chinese philosophy.3 As Karen Barad puts it, much later, ‘Existence is EDKINS

in Change and the politics of certainty