- The Oxford Handbook of Film and Media Studies
- Digital Media and the Future of Filmic Narrative
- The Latest Laocoön: Medium Specificity and the History of Film Theory
- Visual Media and the Tyranny of the Real
- Radical Aspirations Historicized: The European Commitment to Political Documentary
- Loss of Light: The Long Shadow of Photography in the Digital Age
- Media Celebrity in the Age of the Image
- Film Genre Theory and Contemporary Media: Description, Interpretation, Intermediality
- <i>Gilda</i>: Textual Analysis, Political Economy, and Ethnography
- Television's First Seventy-five Years: The Interpretive Flexibility of a Medium in Transition
- “The End of TV As We Know It”: Convergence Anxiety, Generic Innovation, and the Case of <i>24</i>
- Screen Practice and Conglomeration: How Reflexivity and Conglomeration Fuel Each Other
- The Chinese Action Image and Postmodernity
- When Cute Becomes Scary: The Young Female in Contemporary Japanese Horror Cinema
- Asian Film and Digital Culture
- Popular Cinema and the “New” Media in India
- Dreaming with Open Eyes: Latin American Media in the Digital Age
- The Globalization of Filmmaking in Latin America and the Middle East
- Computers and Cultural Studies
- Film and Media Studies Pedagogy
- Copyright, Fair Use, and Motion Pictures
- Evolution of Modern-Day Independent Filmmaking
- The Digital Revolution
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This article discusses the proposal that during the period under discussion here media images were more than just an inspiration and an enabler of various events in Europe. It goes beyond the observations of the uniqueness of the politically committed documentary, and tries to determine what happened to the political documentary in Europe during the 1920s and 1930s. The European films mentioned in this article were made before the collapse of the Eastern European dictatorships. The article also explains the use of television and other digital media in the people's revolutions of the former Communist bloc as a modern evolution of the politically committed documentary.
Frances Guerin teaches in the Department of Film at the University of Kent. She is the author of A Culture of Light (2005) and a coeditor of The Image and the Witness (2007). She is currently completing a book on amateur film and photography from Nazi Germany, Through Amateur Eyes.
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