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“Kathryn Bigelow: A Visionary Director” Special Issue 19.3 (Fall 2021)

Guest editor Frances Pheasant-Kelly

Excerpt (Intro): Until April 2021, when Chloé Zhao became only the second woman to achieve Best Director in the estimation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the mantle had been held for eleven years by Kathryn Bigelow. Winning the Oscar at the 82nd Academy Awards in 2010 was a pivotal moment in cinema history for which Bigelow is widely acknowledged. What also caught the headlines in 2010 was the fact that she achieved the award for The Hurt Locker (Bigelow 2008), a film that had only modest box office success at the time of its release in comparison to its main rival, Avatar (Cameron 2009).


Delinquent daughters: Hollywood’s war effort and the ‘juvenile delinquency picture’ cycle

By Tim Snelson

Stanley Kubrick and the internationalisation of post-war Hollywood

By Peter Krämer

Eye candy for the blind: re-introducing Lyotard’s Acinema into discourses on excess, motion, and spectacle in contemporary Hollywood

By Simone Knox

Performance anxiety: the competitive self and Hollywood’s post-crash films of cruelty

By Louis Bayman

‘A process to learn something’: Pearl Harbor and the Producer’s Game in contemporary Hollywood

By Jim Whalley

Realism, revisionism and visual style: The French Connection and the New Hollywood policier

By Paul Ramaeker

Redford and Streisand: The Shifting Star Persona in 1970s Hollywood

By David Stevens

Revisiting Brokeback Mountain – how mountains matter, or: melodrama, melancholy, (im-)mobility

By Sabine Sielke

Brooklyn: gendered Irish migration to the United States

By Carolina Rocha

‘Humanity rising from the depths of brine’: an oceanic politics in Disney’s Moana

By Kevin Chew

Complicating the theory of the male gaze: Hitchcock’s leading men

By Colleen Glenn

Before Industrial Light and Magic: the independent Hollywood special effects business, 1968–75

By Julie Turnock


By Yannis Tzioumakis

Say ‘Pulp Fiction’ One More Goddamn Time: quotation culture and an Internet-age classic

By Michael Z. Newman

Institutions, identity and insanity: abject spaces in Shutter Island

By F.E. Pheasant-Kelly

Book Reviews

Shyon Baumann’s Hollywood Highbrow

Reviewed by Jeff Scheible

The superhero symbol: media, culture & politics


Reviewed by Vinodh Venkatesh

Blog Features

“His favorite & his best film”: A Conversation between Hamilton Carroll & Diane Negra on Shadow of a Doubt

The Politics of Casting and Media Fandom: A Conversation between Kristen Warner and James Rendell

Diana W. Anselmo and Maggie Hennefeld on A Queer Way of Feeling: Girl Fans and Personal Archives of Early Hollywood (UC Press, 2023)