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Prof Steven P Hill <[log in to unmask]>
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Thu, 3 Aug 2006 02:32:18 -0500
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Dear colleagues & Prof Thompson:

"Male Animal" (Warners 1942, with Henry Fonda) is an excellent comedy-drama 
about a fictional college professor of English literature (not yet tenured), who 
along with his English Dept.  colleagues gets involved in a political controversy.  
Extremely interesting is the professor's attempt to use RHETORIC itself in that 

"Confessions of a Nazi Spy" (Warners 1939, with Edward G Robinson) is a striking 
early semi-documentary about  Nazi propagandists' attempts to promote Hitler's
ideology in the USA, and US counter-spies'  attempts to infiltrate the 
propagandists' German-American organizations and to put a stop to their Nazi 
propaganda.  Much political rhetoric, i.e., "propaganda," is presented and 
dissected in the film, recreated by professional actors as if they were real people.

"Citizen Kane" (RKO 1941, by & with Orson Welles) hardly needs commentary.  
The life of a fictional publisher (inspired by a real publisher) who became a master 
and abuser of rhetoric (information and dis-information) in his own journalistic 

"Deadline USA" (MGM '52, with Humphrey Bogart) is the story of an old New 
York daily newspaper attempting to mainstain high journalistic standards in 
increasingly difficult competition with more commercially-oriented, less 
idealistic newspapers. 
P.S.  Does anyone know why some postings on list-servers, like this one, 
mess up the text by sticking in "20" and/or " -- " at the end of many lines?  
Are those "insertions" really necessary?

Best wishes to all,
Steven P Hill,
University of Illinois.
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Date: Thu, 3 Aug 2006 00:00:14 
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Subject: SCREEN-L Digest - 1 Aug 2006 to 2 Aug 2006 (#2006-129) 
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Date:    Tue, 1 Aug 2006 17:16:17 -0500 
From:    Lou Thompson <[log in to unmask]> 
Subject: Suggestions for rhetoric of/and film class 

Hello all, 
I am teaching a graduate course called Rhetoric of/and Film this fall.  = 
I'm looking for some suggestions for films.  I'd like to cover about ten = 
or so, at least half documentary.  I'm so overwhelmed with the sheer = 
number of options right now I'm having trouble settling on something, so = 
I thought I'd send a request for any suggestions, ideas, etc.  I'm = 
looking for a variety of films that will offer us the opportunity to = 
examine ideology and how it is presented in varying methods and degrees. = 

There are a few restrictions:]
The students are graduate students in English and/or rhetoric, not film = 
students.  Some of them will have had other film classes with me, but = 
most will not have.  Though the list below may seem like films everyone = 
has seen, the sad truth is that most of my students will have seen maybe = 
one or two of them.  Only one student will have seen them all, but she's = 
one of my Netflix buddies.  
The class is an online class, so the films will have to be obtained  
through means such as Netflix or GreenCine.  So no Nanook.  

Here's what I have so far:(very tentative): 
Documentaries: Triumph of the Will (Netflix), Fog of War, Bowling for Columbine 
Features: Rashomon,Philadelphia,Quiet American,The New World,3Kings,Crash. 

Dr. Lou Ann Thompson, Department of English, Speech,  and Foreign Languages 
Texas Woman's University, Denton, TX 76204.
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Date:    Wed, 2 Aug 2006 15:02:25 +0300 
From:    Naomi Tirosh <[log in to unmask]> 
Subject: Re: Suggestions for rhetoric of/and film class 

Mr. Smith goes to Washington 1939 

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