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TRAUMA, REPETITION AND BLANK CHARACTERISATION IN WES WORLD Throughout a career spanning almost two decades, Wes Anderson has cultivated a reputation …

“SO WE BOTH HAVE DEAD PEOPLE IN OUR FAMILIES“: DEAD PARENTS AND PROCESSING GRIEF When we are presented with any form …

“OF COURSE IT’S DARK, IT’S A SUICIDE NOTE“: PATHOS, PATERNAL NEGLECT AND PERFORMANCES OF MASCULINITY As Wes Anderson moves into the …

“I ALWAYS WISHED I WAS AN ORPHAN. I THINK YOUR LIVES ARE MORE SPECIAL“: TRAUMA, TIME AND TONE The devoted follower …

The fundamental basis of negative criticism directed at Wes Anderson can be summed up in the maxim, “familiarity breeds contempt.” Or …

THE NEW HOLLYWOOD “HERO”

February 28, 2015
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Q. HEY JOHNNY, WHAT’RE YOU REBELLING AGAINST? A. DUNNO REALLY. CONSUMERISM? BIG BUSINESS? OH, AND DADDY NEVER LOVED ME From the …

HIDING IN PLAIN SIGHT: SCORSESE, THE DEPARTED AND THE ASSIMILATED IRISH-AMERICAN IDENTITY The heterogeneous microclimate of Boston has allowed the ethnic …

HITCHCOCK AND THE MACGUFFIN

March 28, 2014
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WHAT’S A MAGUFFIN AND WHY SHOULD WE CARE? A key reason for the enduring appeal of the work of Alfred Hitchcock …

LA NOUVELLE VAGUE

July 24, 2013
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“EVERYONE’S A CRITIC”: THE FRENCH NEW WAVE AND THE LEGACY OF THE AUTEUR THEORY Mention of the Nouvelle Vague to the …

“WHEN IN DOUBT, GO FOR MAXIMUM AMBIGUITY”: DAVID BORDWELL AND ART CINEMA When Geoffrey Nowell-Smith (1996) said that “the heterogeneity of …

The Lady Vanishes (1938) and Rebecca (1940) represent opposite sides of the Atlantic divide between Alfred Hitchcock’s move away from his …

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