Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Framing Media #3 - Eleni Palis on Rethinking Film Quotations Through Race

Today's episode features Eleni Palis, an assistant professor of English and Cinema Studies at the University of Tennessee, who researches the intersections between classical and post-classical American cinema. We discuss her article, "Race, Authorship and Film Quotation in Post-Classical Cinema” published in Screen. Palis transforms our idea of the film quotation from a practice of canonization used by the directors of New Hollywood by looking at innovative practices by three African American filmmakers: Julie Dash, Cheryl Dunye, and Spike Lee. In her reading of their films, and particularly the use of manufactured and "fake"quotations, Palis demonstrates an alternative use to the practice that interrogates our own relationship to film histories, both real and imagined. Trough a generation of filmmakers who cannot necessarily look to the past for the same kind of inspiration, her article allows us to rethink our own relationship to Hollywood's own history.

Notes and Links to the Conversation
—Learn more about Eleni Palis and her research.
The Watermelon Woman is on Kanopy and the Criterion Channel, Illusions is on Kanopy, Bamboozled was recently released by Criterion
—For more on the "turn to the library," See Eric Hoyt's Hollywood Vault: Film Libraries Before Home Video
—Alexandra Juhasz's text is F is for Phony
—For more on film restoration as a new form of copyright, See this article
—Michel Chion's text is Sound: An Acoulogical Treatise
—The Faye Richard Photo Archive, as created by Zoe Leonard
—Frank Capra's autobiography, The Name Above the Title

Theme Music: "Hot Pink" by Chad Crouch

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