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, Framework, and Culture, Theory and Critique. His monograph Left of Hollywood: Cinema, Modernism, and the Emergence of U.S. Left Film Culture was published by University of Texas Press. 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 recently completed a new book, Breaking the Spell: Video Activism and the New Anarchism, which will be forthcoming in fall 2016. In his spare time he agitates for his friendly faculty union. None of his views reflect that of his employer.

Features // 10 Articles
Columns // 7 Articles
Reviews // 35 Articles
//Features

Jean-Luc Godard: A Montage of Attractions | 22 Jun 2015 // 8:02 PM

The montage approach that Jean-Luc Godard celebrates in his films would become the driving force behind Historie(s) du cinéma.

Outsiders Looking in at the Republican National Convention 2012 | 9 Sep 2012 // 5:10 PM

In spite of all the rhetoric coming from Chief of Police Jane Castor in the days before the RNC about reserving extra jail space for the thousands they expected to arrest, as of Wednesday morning only three protestors had been arrested: one for wearing a mask, and another two who started a fight with each other at Romneyville.

//Columns

Laughing Through the Great Depression With 'Sullivan's Travels' | 15 Apr 2015 // 8:30 PM

The real charm of Sullivan’s Travels is the way it exposes Hollywood’s mediation of the Depression and the trauma it inflicted.

'Boyhood' and the Transcendence of the Everyday | 6 Jan 2015 // 8:30 PM

Boyhood returns to the view that originated with Italian Neorealism: documenting everyday life is the biggest spectacle one could capture on film.

//Reviews

Pathological Visions: Desire and Alienation in the Films of the Quay Brothers | 3 Dec 2015 // 8:10 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.

The Dardennes' Laboring Body in 'Two Days, One Night' | 9 Oct 2015 // 1:30 AM

Although one might hesitate to call this a propaganda film for labor, it nonetheless expresses concern for those who labor by exploring how precarious working conditions affect one’s daily lives.

//Mixed media
//Blogs

Double Take: 'Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid' (1969)

// Short Ends and Leader

"The two Steves at Double Take are often mistaken for Paul Newman and Robert Redford; so it's appropriate that they shoot it out over Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

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