112th Annual Conference - Riverside Convention Center, California
Friday, October 31 - Sunday, November 2, 2014

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Film Studies III

Session Chair: 
Matthew Snyder, University of California, Riverside
Session 5: Saturday 8:45-10:15am
RCC Meeting Room 6
Topic Area: 


  1. Kai Kang, University of California, Riverside
    By studying Alain Resnais’ Hiroshima mon Amour (1959) and Zero Chou’s Spider Lilies (2007), the paper explores the significance of erotic relationship and bodily communication in representation of history and negotiation of traumatic events. 
  2. Kenneth C. Hough, UC Santa Barbara and Hearst San Simeon State Historical Monument
    In 1964, as Americans recovered from the shocks of the Cuban Missile Crisis and the assassination of President Kennedy, Hollywood produced three classic depictions of a U.S. military gone insane. This paper explores how Seven Days in May, Fail-Safe, and Dr. Strangelove each warned that unrestrained military power threatened the nation's very existence, possibly global annihilation, in an age of computerization, extremism, and Mutually Assured Destruction.
  3. John D. Schwetman, University of Minnesota, Duluth
    One German and one Chinese film came out in 2009 documenting John Rabe’s efforts to establish a safety zone in the midst of a violent Japanese invasion of Nanjing. In different ways, both films portray history as a clash of senseless, primal forces that efface individual acts of heroism.
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