Why Classical Hollywood Still Matters (and Why We Should Teach It and Write About It)

Note: I recently attended a seminar at the annual Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference on the subject “Why Study Classical Hollywood Films Today?” The following is the position paper that I wrote for the seminar.

Some time ago, I was chatting with a young queer friend of mine about my introductory film course. When I mentioned that I was going to screen All About Eve, he instantly gushed: “Bette Davis is life in that movie.” Now, given that my companion was a 19-year-old…