Film Theory: Levi-Strauss–Binary Oppositions

Some theorists have borrowed concepts from the great structural anthropologists, Claude Levi-Strauss, specifically his notion of binary oppositions.

What Men Want: Interview with Director Adam Shenkman

Interview with Director Adam Shenkman Building Atmosphere Specifically I’m looking… this is a sequence towards the end of act… sort of… sort of the act two structure where she’s melting down basically and the purpose of the scene is as we’re leaving her too… as we’re leaving Taraji’s character to the all is lost moment […]

Girl from Mexico, The (1939): Star Vehicle for Lupe Velez, Which Became Film Franchise

Directed by Leslie Goodwins and scripted by Lionel Houser and Joseph Fields, The Girl from Mexico was a low-budget vehicle for the star Lupe Velez, whose career was declining, after a decade in Hollywood.

Laughing Boy (1934): Romantic Melodrma of Culture Collusion, Starring Ramon Novarro and Lupe Velez

Made in 1934, as a star vehicle for Ramon Navarro and Lupe Velez, Laughing Boy was based on the novel of the same name, which won the Pulitzer Prize for 1929.

Kongo (1932): William J. Cowen’s Remake of Tod Browning’s West of Zanzibar

An adaptation of the 1926 Broadway play, which starred Walter Huston, Kongo is also a remake of Tod Browning’s 1928 film West of Zanzibar, starring Lon Chaney and Lionel Barrymore, also based on the same play. Directed by William J. Cowen, Kongo was made in the same year as the scary horror film, Freaks, also […]