User:Jeremy Butler

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Jeremy Butler in the studios of Alabama Public radio.

I've taught film and television studies at the University of Alabama since 1980 and been a visiting professor at the University of Arizona. I originally studied film at Brown University and then Northwestern University, where my Ph.D. was granted. I became professor emeritus in 2020.

I've been involved in college, alternative and National Public Radio since 1972--currently hosting a show on Alabama Public Radio called All Things Acoustic. Listen to it online or via APR's transmitters, Friday nights 8:00-10:00 pm Central Time.

Favorite American films

  1. Sherlock, Jr. (1924)
    • Buster Keaton is sublimely funny in this silent comedy. His canny use of film techniques to generate humor proves that he was the most "cinematic" of the early comedians.
  2. To Have and Have Not (1944)
    • A perfect mix of humor, romance and adventure. Howard Hawks molded the 19-year-old Lauren Bacall into an archetypal tough woman. And Humphrey Bogart was never more cynical. Plus, Walter Brennan has a great catch phrase: "Was you ever stung by a dead bee?"
  3. Lost in Translation (2003)
    • Sofia Coppola's direction and Scarlett Johansson's performance are amazingly assured considering how young and relatively inexperienced they were. Bill Murray's mostly subdued take on a has-been actor is pitch perfect. (Runner-up Scarlett Johansson film: Ghost World.)
  4. All That Heaven Allows (1955) and Far from Heaven (2002)
    • Although separated by 47 years, they're virtually the same film; and I mean that in a good way. Both films capture the essence of a repressive society where romance must fit within narrow boundaries. Director Douglas Sirk does it for the '50s while Todd Haynes does it for the '00s.
  5. Pulp Fiction (1994)
    • Quentin Tarantino renewed my faith in the cinema at a time (the mid-90s) when it was flagging. Its style is audacious and Uma Thurman in an Anna Karina wig is stupefying.

Major publications

  1. The Sitcom (New York: Routledge, 2019).
  2. Television Style (New York: Routledge, 2010).
  3. Television: Visual Storytelling and Screen Culture (New York: Routledge). Formerly titled, Television: Critical Methods and Applications. [1]
  4. Editor, Star Texts: Image and Performance in Film and Television (Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1991).

Internet projects

  • ScreenLex — an pronunciation guide for film/TV studies.
  • Screenpedia — an encyclopedia for film/TV students and teachers; modeled on Wikipedia. As of 30 July 2016, I've made 2,099 edits on Screenpedia. Click here for the current total.
    • Featured at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference 2006.
  • ScreenSite — a resource for film/TV students and teachers
  • — the companion Website for the book, Television: Critical Methods and Applications
  • My official homepage
  • The TCF Department (deprecated)
  • I've been participating in Wikipedia since 17:36, 23 March 2005 — starting out as JButler and switching to Jeremy Butler on 27 August 2005. I'm mostly interested in articles dealing with folk music and film and television studies.

Things to remember when wikiing

Stuff I constantly have to look up.