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1. Hollywood reconsidered: reflections on the classical American cinema 2. D. W. Griffith and the birth of the movies 3. Judith of Bethulia 4. True heart Griffith 5. The ending of City Lights 6. The Goddess: reflections on melodrama east and west 7. Red Dust: the erotic screen image 8. Virtue and villainy in the face of the camera 9. Pathos and transfiguration in the face of the camera: a reading of Stella Dallas 10. Viewing the world in black and white: race and the melodrama of the unknown woman 11. Howard Hawks and Bringing Up Baby 12. The filmmaker in the film: Octave and the rules of Renoir's game 13. Stagecoach and the quest for selfhood 14. To have and to have not adapted a film from a novel 15. Hollywood and the rise of suburbia 16. Nobody's perfect: Billy Wilder and the postwar American cinema 17. The River 18. Vertigo: the unknown woman in Hitchcock 19. North by Northwest: Hitchcock's monument to the Hitchcock film 20. The villain in Hitchcock 21. Thoughts on Hitchcock's authorship 22. Eternal ve;rite;s: cinema-ve;rite and classical cinema 23. Visconti's Death in Venice 24. Alfred Guzzetti's Family Portrait Sittings 25. The taste for beauty 26. A Tale of Winter: philosophical thought in the films of Eric Rohmer 27. The 'New Latin American Cinema' 28. What is American about American film study.