Historically, the representation of queer characters in film and onscreen is very poor. They are often one-dimensional stereotypes portrayed through… Read more Queer Christina: The Representation of LGBT Characters in Pre-Code Era Films
Bushra Varachia is a Cinema Studies filmmaking major with a minor in Spanish. After graduation, she hopes to edit videos to help her pay her way through Europe. If she's not at Kresge Library, you can probably find her in her car, driving 2,000 miles to walk around some rocks and sleep on some dirt.
INTRODUCTION Scholarship surrounding Tod Browning’s Freaks (1932) mostly includes discussion about public perception of disability. This discussion is certainly… Read more Real Monsters and Real Disgust: Comparing Reception of Freaks and Frankenstein
Nicole Diroff is a double-major in Cinema Studies and Philosophy, with a minor in Creative Writing. She’s also the editor-in-chief of this edition of Screen Culture, and hopes one day to become a full-fledged professor.
“As soon as you stopped singing and started luring men into the bedroom, that’s when the moral outrage would kick… Read more The “Utterly Impossible” Story of ‘Blonde Venus’
Rachel Sarasin is currently a Cinema Studies student at Oakland University. Rachel hopes to pursue a career in production management in the film industry. Her friends love to take advantage of her passion for planning and organizing, but she doesn’t mind. If you’re one of the lucky people that receives the OUTV channel, you may spot her as the host of “OUt and AbOUt,” a monthly series documenting events happening around Oakland University. She’s also a Yooper, so if you see her around, feel free to ask her about the many mysteries and histories of the Upper Peninsula.
Following the rise of the film industry in the early twentieth century, the Movie Palace became the primary manner in… Read more The Rise of Movie Palaces During the Silent Era
Kristina Cunningham recently graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Oakland University, with a Major in Cinemas Studies and a Minor in Communications. She currently works at Vera Bradley, and is planning to pursue a career in film and television production. Kristina enjoys traveling and hopes to explore Europe and Australia in the coming years. She also loves animals, and if she spots a dog she will drop everything to run and pet it.
Krzysztof Kieslowski’s The Double Life of Veronique is remarkably unique in the way that it flips the power balance between… Read more Scene Analysis: Subversion of Gender Roles in “The Double Life of Veronique”
Kelsie Schueneman is currently a junior at Oakland University from Milford, Michigan. Kelsie is majoring in Cinema Studies and minoring in Creative Writing. She is an editor of Screen Culture. Kelsie is passionate about female representation in film. This essay was written for Prof. Brendan Kredell's "Methods of Cinema Studies" course.
Detroit is an underserved city for film exhibition, specifically first-run theaters. This lack of theaters in Detroit is largely due… Read more Is Detroit a Cinema Desert?
There is a sweetly comic tension running through Frank Borzage’s romantic comedy-melodrama Bad Girl (1931) that arises from trying to… Read more Love, Money, and An Unnamed Procedure: Frank Borzage’s “Bad Girl”
Andrew Sweet is currently a Cinema Studies student at Oakland. He hopes to pursue a career in film production, specifically writing and directing his own features. If his television is on, it's likely that it's on the Turner Classic Movies channel. He thinks the streaming service Filmstruck is too good to be true. His favorite theater is the Redford Theater, where he had his senior year pictures taken. He loves giving film recommendations to friends and family.
Shot Shot Description 00:00 Screenshot 1a CU Opening image. Philip strangles David… Read more Hitchcock: Depicting Homosexuality in “Rope”
Troy Walker is a graduating senior at Oakland University with a major in Creative Writing and a minor in Cinema Studies. Troy is currently working hard on his first feature-length screenplay and hopes to get it financed and produced soon. After graduation, he plans to pursue a career in both the book publishing and filmmaking industries, as well as write his first novel. He is also the proud father of two adorable cats who (when they're not taking long naps) like to watch movies with him.
Hollywood has always been a business, and for most studios in the early 20th century their main profit drivers were… Read more Bette Davis: Commodifying the Feminine
Aimee Ginez is a graduating senior and Cinema Studies major.
Whenever the topic of film musicals is discussed, many famous stars are remembered. The late 1940s to the 1950s was… Read more The Star Image of Gene Kelly
Holly Nellis is a graduating senior and a Cinema Studies major. Holly hopes to further her career in the entertainment industry through writing and producing. Although she loves film, you'll be more likely to see her name on a television show one day! In addition to working on her own writing and video projects over the summer, Holly will begin an internship at Disneyland in Anaheim, California this fall. She hopes to use this opportunity to explore a new area of the country, but also create a long-lasting career with the company.