Jeanine Basinger

Jeanine Basinger appears in the following:

American Icons: The Wizard of Oz

Friday, November 29, 2013

It's been over seventy years since movie audiences first watched The Wizard of Oz. Meet the original man behind the curtain, L. Frank Baum, who had all the vision of Walt Disney, bu...

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Marriage and the Movies

Monday, June 03, 2013

Film historian Jeanine Basinger discusses the history of marriages in movies and what they tell us about ourselves. In I Do and I Don’t she examines the many ways Hollywood has approached the subject, from Blondie and Dagwood to the couple in the Iranian film “A Separation,” and from Tracy and Hepburn to Coach and Tami Taylor in Friday Night Lights.

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Marriage in the Movies

Friday, March 22, 2013

Love in the movies is about the flirtation, the exciting courtship, the comic mismatch, the embarrassing one-night stand — not waking up next to someone every day for the rest of your...

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From Nick and Norah to Coach and Tami: A History of Marriage Onscreen

Friday, February 01, 2013

When author and Wesleyan University professor of film studies Jeanine Basinger decided to write a history of marriage at the movies, she remembered that her friends had been so skepti...

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Preview: The Film Professor Who Taught the Creators of 'Beasts of the Southern Wild'

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Jeanine Basinger is a legend at Wesleyan University, where she's a professor of film. She taught Joss Whedon, creator of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," and Benh Zeitlin, who directed the...
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The Legacy and Lasting Influence of 'Casablanca,' 70 Years Later

Monday, November 26, 2012

On November 26, 1942, in the midst of World War II, a film called "Casablanca" premiered at the Hollywood Theater in New York City. The movie became an American icon, launching Ingmar...

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American Icons: The Wizard of Oz

Friday, October 19, 2012

Kurt Andersen follows the yellow brick road through America’s favorite story and discovers places in the Land of Oz more wonderful, and weirder, than you ever imagined.

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End of War: War Culture

Monday, May 28, 2012

What can representations of war on stage, in film and in popular culture tell us about combat? Denis O'Hare, actor and co-writer of An Iliad, Jeanine Basinger, chair of the film studies department at Wesleyan University, and Clive Thompson, contributor to The New York Times Magazine and columnist for Wired discuss whether these representations can change the culture's view of war. 

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Hollywood’s Star Machine

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

From the 1930s to the 1950s, Hollywood studios worked hard to create their stars. Wesleyan film studies professor Jeanine Basinger explains how the "star machine" selected, groomed, and maintained celebrities like Lana Turner, Errol Flynn, and Tyrone Power – and why that machine no longer works in today’s Hollywood. Basinger’s ...


Like No Other

Saturday, November 19, 2005

The film scholar and Wizard of Oz expert Jeanine Basinger tells Kurt why Oz is so different from other well-known fantasy universes like Narnia or Middle Earth.