Essays

Best Film Analysis

"Re-Spectating Bound As Authentic Lesbian Cinema"

by Tucker Mclaran

Class: Winter 2021 Film History III (Instructor: Mark Berrettini)

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Bound (1996) directed by the Wachowski sisters and starring Gina Gershon and Jennifer Tilly, follows two lesbians on a mission to rip off the mob and achieve their freedom. It is a neo-noir crime drama and a queer feminist epic that subverts classic lesbian film tropes and neo-noir genre expectations to bring a new never-before-seen narrative of queer liberation to Hollywood. It has been unfortunately overlooked by serious LGBTQ film scholarship despite its narrative achievements and its significance at the nascency of the New Trans Cinema genre.

First Place

"Something Different (1963) and Daisies (1966): The Aesthetics of Change and Rebellion"

by Jesselynn Amerling

Class: Fall 2020 Film History II (Instructor: Mark Berrettini)

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Runner Up

Vera Chytilova's films Something Different (1963) and Daisies (1966) were significant contributions to the Czech New Wave with their range of formal technique, from quasi-documentary to anarchic experimentalism. These groundbreaking films explore the ambiguous nature of life, freedom, fulfilment, and morality, all while under the watchful eye of State Censorship. Chytilova's films were produced during a time period of fluctuating government ideology, were met with obstacle after obstacle, and even contributed to their director's six year ban from filmmaking. They survive as inspirational and artfully crafted emblems of rebellion, and critical thought.