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Dirk Eitzen

There is no question that violent entertainments shape popular attitudes toward violence. But do they really make the culture as a whole more violent? Can they work to make it less violent? This article considers shortcomings of conventional scholarly approaches to these questions. It outlines an alternative “ecological“ approach and tests it by examining two movies that treat violence in strikingly different fashions: The Dark Knight (2008) and Saving Private Ryan (1998). It tests empirically whether and how Saving Private Ryan actually changes college students' attitudes toward violence, and summarizes the best current psychological models of the causal connection between violent thoughts and violent behavior. The article concludes that while violent movies do indeed prompt violent ideas and impulses, these are not necessarily antisocial and can, in fact, be prosocial. The critical factor is not what they show or how they show it; it is how they are used.

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Jason Gendler

there just waiting to be (re)read. I met Ed in December 2007, when I was in the first year of my PhD at the University of California, Los Angeles, during a graduate student conference. I remember being eager to speak with him because we shared a

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Ted Nannicelli

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Ted Nannicelli

into sharp relief with a couple of specific examples that have left me troubled. First, a pedagogical example to which most teachers of film can relate. Many of us frequently tell our students that attending set screenings is mandatory; it will just not

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Putting the Culture into Bioculturalism

A Naturalized Aesthetics and the Challenge of Modernism

Dominic Topp

advocate of free love who was murdered along with his mistress, Noe Itō, and his nephew by the military police; the other is set in the present (1969) and concerns a female student, Eiko, who is investigating Itō’s relationship with Ōsugi. Soon after the

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Murray Smith

that viewers just can't stop themselves from looking for narrative—representational or expressive—relevance. 6 (Anyone who's taught this question will have a large dataset comprising student testimony on the narrative interpretability of anything and

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Ivan Mozzhukhin’s Acting Style

Beyond the Kuleshov Effect

Johannes Riis

recollection, he “alternated the same shot of Mozzhukhin with various other shots (a plate of soup, a girl, a child’s coffin), and these shots acquired a different meaning” (1974: 200). According to his student and possible collaborator, Vsevolod Pudovkin, who

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Jonathan Frome

false positives. Returning to the caffeine example, two researchers observing a caffeinated student might agree that caffeine made the student smarter, but this agreement might be a false positive if one researcher thought the student was smarter because

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Erin Ash

design in which each participant was randomly assigned to view a white savior film, a black savior film, or a control film. Participants were students from undergraduate communications courses at a large northeastern university ( N = 204). Because this

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Pascal Wallisch and Jake Alden Whritner

consider recommendations from movie critics in their choice to see a movie. This survey was deployed online, on surveymonkey.com. Participants Participants included a diverse range of undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Chicago and New