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Articles from 15(1)/2016

Hic sunt leones. Exploring the limits of contemporary film and TV storytelling


Nothing New on the Cathode Tube

Doru POP


The main research questions of this paper are based on the need to clarify some major issues concerning the changes induced in television production practices by the new technologies of content transmission. Narrowing down the topic, the central question is if the nature of televisuality, of the way televis... Read More

Keywords: television, televisuality, promiscuous narratives, storytelling habit loops, replay, new technologies, television series, serials, sitcoms.

Primary Features of Popular Culture in Mad Men TV Series



This paper undertakes an analysis of the Mad Men TV series through the lenses of popular culture. Three of the popular culture primary features will be discussed: transmediality, the conservative and mimetic nature through the presence of the recyclable prefabs and of entertainment/ pleasure present in the ... Read More

Keywords: popular culture, transmediality, TV series, advertising, television, intertextuality, product placement, conservative and mimetic character

Sexual monstrosity in contemporary cult TV series: the case of the American Horror Story



Abundant and vivid sex scenes have become a distinct feature of some of the most popular TV series, the phenomena transgressing producers and genres (Benioff and Weiss’s fantasy series Game of Thrones; Michael Hirst’s historical romance The Tudors and Tom Kapino’s comedy ... Read More

Keywords: horror series, AHS, re-writing, memes, hypersexualization, cult television

Shadows and Gigabytes: The History of Fan-Edits of Hollywood Films



. Like the technological-advances of the late nineteenth-century, one similar modern effect of emerging technology on artistic-expression concerns the changing question of film adaptation, given the democratisation of filmmaking via new digital media. With sophisticated and affordable software and interne... Read More

Keywords: fan-edit, film-remix, Hollywood, YouTube, copyright

Blurring the screen: the fragmented self, the database, and the narratives of Satoshi Kon



Dream states, virtual identities, shadow selves, psychological deformations of space and time and many more – these are the cinematic narratives that the Japanese animator Satoshi Kon spectacularly created. When dealing with a permissive medium such as animation, termed by the American theorist Paul W... Read More

Keywords: apanese popular culture, animation, remediation, database fantasyscape, modular narratives

Bemusing the Audience: Probing the Narrative Diversions in Symbol



Japanese cinema, one of the most eminent in the world, has a long history of interesting and distinctive modes of storytelling. Since the early beginnings of film viewing, Japanese audience was accompanied with the figure of benshi – a narrator or group of narrators “explaining” and prov... Read More

Keywords: Symbol, silent comedy, nansensu, mind-game film, puzzle film, meta-narrative

A Subversive Potpourri: Concrete Revolutio or When the Phantasmagoria Turns Political

Luiza-Maria FILIMON


According to Thomas LaMarre (xx-xxi), animation has been for a long time regarded as a lesser art form than cinema while the scholarly interest into animation studies has represented a rather recent development beginning with the 1990s, when it begins to coalesce into a proper field of study. In the case o... Read More

Keywords: anime, Cold War period, mecha, non-linear narrative, posthuman aesthetics, science-fiction, Seiji Mizushima

Media, Trauma, Anamnesis: Norman Manea in René Frölke’s Documentary Portrait Le beau danger (2014)

Cătălina BOTEZ


René Frölke’s Le beau danger takes on the condition of the survivor-writer Norman Manea and enquires into the potential of experimental media to illustrate his life and work, and thus to engage with and perpetuate the memory of affliction. This paper explores the tension between Manea&rsq... Read More

Keywords: Norman Manea, René Frölke, Foucault, Holocaust trauma, child survivor, Communist totalitarianism, exile, anamnesis, transmediality, experimental media, ekphrasis, autofiction, memoir, language, empathy

Through the “Eye of the Machine”: Poetics of the Inhuman in Andrey Zvyagintsev’s fi lms

Călina PĂRĂU


This paper tries to examine the way in which the “work of narrative” and the question of guilt are played out in the construction of postmodern narratives of the Fall. The visual language of a post-Christian guilt articulated inside the structure of biblical narratives will be analyzed in three ... Read More

Keywords: gaze, visual discourse, narrative, inhuman

Into the Woods: The Promised Land of Narrative Hybridization



Review of: John YORKE. Into the Woods. How stories work and why we tell them. London, UK: Penguin Books, 2014.

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Keywords: John YORKE, Penguin Books

Cine-adrenalin @TIFF15

Cosmin POPA


The 15th edition of the Transilvania International Film Festival, one of the largest festivals in Eastern Europe, took place in Cluj-Napoca (Romania) in 27 May-5 June 2016.

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Keywords: Transilvania International Film Festival, TIFF 15