?t get LINGUA FRANCA might want to know that cinema studies has hit the big time . . . the new, march 2000 issue of this *review of academic life* [a quite wonderful mag,, actually] features a cover story on the ongoing 'dispute' [is that the right word?] between david bordwell and the lacanian-althusserian theorists . . . the banner headline announces DAVID BORDWELL FIGHTS THE FILM THEORY BLOB . . . it just arrived in the mail and i haven?t had a chance to do more than glance at it, but similar stories in LINGUA FRANCA in the past have generally been both well informed and relatively fair . . . probably well worth looking at . . . in any case it?s kinda heart warming to know that our area of inquiry has at long last achieved the notoriety than any self-respecting discipline ought not be without mike frank PS . . . by the way, the story refers to "the columbia film seminars, a monthly gathering of cinema scholars" . . . does anybody know anything about these??