The University of Arizona presents:
POINT BLANK: TOUGH GUY FILM & CULTURE
a national conference
The University of Arizona
The "tough guy" persona in film is one that has crossed genre and
generation, leaving a heretofore underappreciated trail of characters,
personalities, and films in its wake. Edward G. Robinson's middle-class
patriarch, the bulldog attack of Lee Marvin, Ida Lupino's street-smart
slap, the hang-dog down and out determination of Warren Oates ... what
role will these characters serve as the history of film plays out?
The University of Arizona Extended University and The University of
Arizona Department of Media Arts present Point Blank: Tough Guy Film &
Culture, a national film conference for academics and the general public,
May 18-20, 2000 in Tucson, Arizona.
The focus of the conference will be films dealing in such "tough guy"
imagery, examining themes of violence, masculinity, and class in cinema.
Areas of interest include the tough guy role in genre-filmmaking, the
B-film, relationships between hard-boiled fiction and "tough guy" film,
gender and sexuality, the tough guy's influence in foreign popular
culture, an appreciation of the role of the character actor in "tough guy"
cinema, and more. The conference will feature a dynamic blend of academic
discourse and unabashed cinephilia, scholarly discussions and screenings,
bringing together some of the creators of the genre with the scholars and
public who appreciate them.
Themes and topics for exploration will include but are by no means
The Role of the Character Actor
Tough Women in a Tough World
Masculinity in Gay Cinema
Japanese Cowboys and French Gangsters: Foreign Interpretations of the
Issues of Race in Tough Guy Film
The Tough Guy in Literature and Pulp Fiction
The Tough Guy in Genre Film
CALL FOR PAPERS AND PRESENTATIONS!
The conference will feature papers, poster sessions, and panel
discussions. Abstracts are being accepted, with a target length of
250-500 words and a deadline of December 15, 1999. Remit abstracts to
Noah Lopez via e-mail at [log in to unmask], or by fax at 520-621-3269.
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