Chris Robé

Chris Robé is an associate professor of film and media studies. His articles on media activism have appeared within various journals such as Jump Cut, Cinema Journal, and Journal of Film and Video. His article, "'Because I Hate Fathers, and I Never Wanted to Be One': Wes Anderson, Entitled Masculinity, and the 'Crisis' of the Patriarch" appears within the anthology Millennial Masculinity: Men in Contemporary Cinema. Two most recent articles are: "When Cultures Collide: Third Cinema Meets the Spaghetti Western" in the Journal of Popular Film and Television and "Anarchist Aesthetics and U.S. Video Activism" for Jump Cut. He has written two books: Left of Hollywood: Cinema, Modernism, and the Emergence of U.S. Left Film Cutlure (2010) and Breaking the Spell: A History of Anarchist Filmmakers, Videotape Guerrillas, and Digital Ninjas. In his spare time he agitates for his friendly faculty union. None of his views reflect that of his employer.

Features // 12 Articles
Columns // 9 Articles
Reviews // 36 Articles
//Features

'The Watermelon Woman', or, Whatever Happened to New Queer Cinema? | 6 Feb 2017 // 9:00 PM

A disturbing trend is arising; if you want your film to be nominated for the Academy Awards, it cannot potentially offend the sensibilities of the most narrow-minded “gay friendly” viewer.

Documenting the Little Abuses: Copwatching, Community Organizing, and Video Activism | 16 Jan 2017 // 3:16 AM

The ascent of affordable video technology assists in propelling movements for self-determination and self-respect.

//Columns

Brush Up on Your Film Studies With 'Martin Scorsese's World Cinema Project No. 2' | 17 Jul 2017 // 10:00 PM

Scorsese and the World Cinema Project are not only opening up international filmmaking to Western audiences but providing immaculate film quality and history, too.

'Disruptive Film' Creates a Constellation Where the Past and Present Meet | 13 Apr 2016 // 10:00 PM

One should approach this collection not unlike how Walter Benjamin approached collecting books: ".... not as dry, isolated facts, but as a harmonious whole..."

//Reviews

Enterprising Women and the Femme Fatale of Film Noir | 10 May 2016 // 9:45 PM

'Too Late for Tears' and 'Woman on the Run' remind us that today's financial and gender anxieties have long histories.

Pathological Visions: Desire and Alienation in the Films of the Quay Brothers | 3 Dec 2015 // 9:10 PM

Like writers Kafka and Schultz and graphic artists Lem and Borowczyk, the Quays translate the mechanized wonders of modernity as a world of unmitigated absurdity and failure.

//Mixed media
//Blogs

'The Female Animal' Is Better Than She Seems

// Short Ends and Leader

"Independent producer Albert Zugsmith specialized in what were regarded as trashy exploitation pictures during the '50s and '60s, yet he managed to…

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