Tuesday, January 31, 2012

David E. James on Feb. 3

I would like to announce the first event of the semester for the Philadelphia Cinema and Media Seminar. The event this Friday will be hosted by University of Pennsylvania Cinema Studies, with the support of Bryn Mawr's Program in Film Studies and the Center for Humanities at Temple.

David E. James (Univ. of Southern California)
"Twenty-nine Pictures Like That: The Elvis Movie”

Friday, February 3
5:00 pm

231 Fisher-Bennett Hall
Univ. of Pennsylvania

The talk will overview Elvis Presley’s film career, including its punctuation by television, and examine the changes in its relation to the social meaning of rock'n'roll in the fifties and sixties. It will pay particular attention to the -- usually reviled-- movies he made in the 1960s after his return from the army, approaching them as a distinct genre.

David E. James is on the faculty of the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California. He is the author of Written Within and Without: A Study of Blake's Milton (Frankfurt: Peter Lang, 1977), Allegories of Cinema: American Film in the Sixties (Princeton University Press, 1989), Power Misses: Essays Across (Un)Popular Culture (London: Verso Books, 1996), and The Most Typical Avant-Garde: History and Geography of Minor Cinemas in Los Angeles (University of California Press, 2006), and over 100 articles and reviews in PMLA, October, Social Text, Representations, Film Quarterly, the minnesota review, Grey Room, and other journals and periodicals. His teaching and research interests currently focus on avant-garde cinema, culture in Los Angeles, East-Asian cinema, film and music, and working-class culture. In 2011-2012 he is the Ailsa Mellon Bruce Senior Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.

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