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Mark Jancovich <[log in to unmask]>
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Call for Papers

Portals: exploring films within films

Scope: an online journal of film is soliciting short pieces for a special
issue of its film review section.  These pieces should explore the
fictitious films that often feature as an element of a film's own diegetic
world.  Entitled "Portals: exploring films within films", the special issue
takes its inspiration from the Coen Brothers' latest film O Brother, Where
Art Thou? which "makes" the socially conscious film that the Hollywood
director John L. Sullivan (Joel McCrea) is planning at the start of Preston
Sturges's 1941 satire Sullivan's Travels.  Examples of such films within
films are numerous, and range from "Helix": Julia Roberts's Sci-Fi movie
within Notting Hill, to Fritz Lang's "The Odyssey" within Jean Luc Godard's
Le Mepris.

While not prescriptive, reviews might consider the ways in which such films
within films offer, however fleetingly, alternative perspectives on such
issues as star image, genre, film history or authorship, and the tantalising
promise of parallel cinematic worlds.  Possible films might include:

*A Star is Born (1937) Dir. William Wellman
*Day for night (1973) Dir. François Truffaut.
*Living in Oblivion (1995) Dir. Tom DiCillo
*Love and Death on Long Island (1997) Dir. Richard Kwietniowski
*Man with a movie camera (1929) Dir. Dziga Vertov
*The Bad and the Beautiful (1952) Dir. Vincente Minnelli
*The Last Action Hero (1993) Dir. John McTiernan
*The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985) Dir. Woody Allen
*The Watermelon Woman (1996) Dir. Cheryl Dunye
*Valley of the Dolls (1967) Dir. Mark Robson

Submissions should be received by 15th July 2000.  Reviews should be between
1000 and 1500 words in length, and prepared in MLA style.  Authors should
submit reviews in Word97/98 (or earlier) or Rich Text Format (RTF), and by
e-mail attachment or by floppy disk.

Address all inquiries and submissions for this special issue to:

James Lyons,
Film Review Editor,
Scope: An online journal of Film Studies
Institute of Film Studies
University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham NG7 2RD
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