113th Annual Conference - Portland, Oregon
Friday, November 6 - Sunday, November 8, 2015

Film Studies III

Session Chair: 
Stephen Parmelee, Pepperdine University
Session 12: Sunday 12:10-1:40pm
Columbia (PMCC)
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  1. Matthew Motyka, University of San Francisco
    The films Soeur Sourire and Ida interrogate the nature of religious vocation. They show the difficulties in accommodating monastic lifestyle to modern culture. Soeur Sourire leaves the convent and tries to pursue an individual singing career. Ida prefers monastic seclusion to the opportunities offered by the secular world.
  2. Eli Turner, University of Arizona
    My paper argues that the conservative drive to return to the state of an idealized pre-war past, complete with the same economic and domestic gender roles along with the same demographic expectations, in part defined the post-war period through the 1950s, and Don Siegel’s 1956 film Invasion of the Body Snatchers critiques this drive towards conservatism by presenting the rural as a conservative threat to the progressive urban space.
  3. Edward Yang, Claremont Graduate University
    The most prominent feature of Mumblecore films is its naturalistic dialogue between the cast of characters: typically, white, upper-middle class young adults. Despite the abundance of dialogue in these films, however, genuine conversation rarely occurs. This paper will explore the lack of authentic interaction ultimately arguing that the films assume a preexisting connection within its cast of characters as well as one with its audience.
  4. Daniel Fineman, Occidental College
    Peirce’s semiotics proposed three basic signs: "self-evident" signs called "icons," causally related signs called "indices," and conventional signs called "symbols." Icons had deductive, apodictic, certainty. Indices had inductive certainty. Symbols had only social habitude. Digital technology has allowed ideological symbolism to dictate to the iconic and indexical aspects of cinema in the Apollonian incarnation of fictional order, the superhero.
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