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Emeriti Faculty

Marilyn Fabe

Senior Lecturer

PhD, University of California, Berkeley




Marilyn Fabe teaches courses in the history and aesthetics of the silent film (25A), the history and theory of the sound film (25B), the avant-garde film, auteur courses on Alfred Hitchcock, Charles Chaplin, Woody Allen and Howard Hawks (151), the Film Musical and the Musical/Noir (108), and Film 50, Introduction to World Cinema. Her book Closely Watched Films, updated for a tenth anniversary edition, focuses on the accomplishments of fifteen film directors, beginning with D.W. Griffith and ending with James Cameron, illustrating each director’s contribution to narrative film art. Her recent research involves the connection of the director’s life to his or her films. Her essay, “Shooting to Kill: Hitchcock’s Heroines and the Perverse Scenario” will appear in Examining Lives: Self-Reflections in Psychobiography to be published by Oxford University Press in 2015. She is presently at work on a psychobiographical study of Woody Allen.



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 “Shooting to Kill: Hitchcock’s Heroines and the Perverse Scenario,” in William Runyan, Alan C. Elms, and Ramsay Bell Breslin, eds., Examining Lives: Self-Reflections in Psychobiography, Oxford University Press, New York, forthcoming 2015

Closely Watched Films: An Introduction to the Art of Narrative Film Technique, University of California Press, Berkeley, 2004; 10th forthcoming, October, 2014

“Mourning Vertigo,” American Imago: Psychoanalysis and the Human Sciences, 66.3 (Fall 2009); 343-367

“From Crisis to Comedy: Charles Chaplin’s ‘The Adventurer,’” Clio’s Psyche, 8.3 (Dec. 2001): 138-141

“A Psycho-biographical Reading of Citizen Kane: Response to Kathleen Woodward’s “Telling Stories: Aging, Reminiscence and the Life Review,” Doreen B. Townsend Center Occasional Papers, No. 9, 1997: 18-21

“Maya Deren’s Fatal Attraction: A Psychoanalytic Reading of ‘Meshes of the Afternoon’ with a Psychobiographical Afterword,” Women Studies, Vol. 25, 1996: 237-254

“Feminist Polemics Through Film Poetry: Lynn Sachs’ ‘The House of Science: A Museum of False Facts,’ Wide Angle, Vol. 14, nos. 3 & 4, 1992: 140-144

Up Against the Clock: Career Women Speak on the Choice to have Children, Co-Author with Norma Wikler, Random House, 1979; Warner Paperback, 1980; Mikasa Shobo, Ltd., 1985 (Japanese translation)

The Great Primitives: Landmark Films from the First Decade of Motion Picture History, 16mm Compilation Film, Co-creator with Tom Schmidt, 1978

Notes and Analysis: Booklets on Film Style, Macmillan Films, New York, 1976

    Fellini 8 1/2: "The Saraghina Sequence"

    Fellini 8 1/2: "The Steam Bath Sequence"

    The Last Laugh: "The Drunken Dream"

    M: "Searching for a Victim"

    Mother: "The Prison Visit"

    Notorious: "The Key Sequence"

    The Throne of Blood: "The First Meeting with the Spirit"

    Triumph of the Will: "Hitler's Arrival in Nuremberg"

    Way Down East: "Rescue on the Ice"