Lecturer's Jeff Birkenstein, Anna Froula and Karen Randell

March 18, 2014
Harned Hall, room 110


6:30 p.m. Author discussion

7:15 p.m. Screening (Time Bandits)

9 - 9:30 p.m. (approximate) Post-screening analysis

The Films of Terry Gilliam

Cover of The Cinema of Terry Gilliam: It's a Mad World

Terry Gilliam has been making movies for over forty years. In The Cinema of Terry Gilliam: It’s a Mad World co-writers Jeff Birkenstein, Anna Froula and Karen Randell offer an in-depth critical analysis of a selection of films from his directorial filmography, ranging from his early work with Monty Python to The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnussus.

On March 18, Birkenstein, Froula and Randell will discuss their analysis of the works of Terry Gilliam as well as what is required when working in collaboration.

Please join us for what is sure to be a rousing and informative evening!

Evil: When I have the map, I will be free, and the world will be different, because I have understanding.

Robert: Uh, understanding of what, Master?

Evil: Digital watches. And soon I shall have understanding of video cassette recorders and car telephones. And when I have understanding of them, I shall have understanding of computers. And when I have understanding of computers, I shall be the Supreme Being!

– Excerpt from Time Bandits

About the authors

Jeff Birkenstein is associate professor of English at Saint Martin’s University in Lacey, WA.  He is co-editor of Reframing 9/11:  Film, Pop Culture, and the “War on Terror” (2010) with Anna Froula and Karen Randell.  His research interests lie in the short story, the short story sequence, post-9/11 culture, and “Significant Food” in fiction and culture.

Anna Froula is assistant professor of Film Studies at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC, and associate editor of Cinema Journal. She has published on war trauma and gender in publications including in Changing English, Cinema Journal, and The Journal of War and Culture Studies, and Iraq War Cultures (Peter Lang, 2011).

Karen Randell is professor of  Media Arts at University of Bedfordshire, UK. She is co-editor of five books including The War Body on Screen (2008) and Screening the Dark Side of Love: From Euro-Horror to American Cinema (2012). She is published in Screen and Cinema Journal.

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