Marilyn Fabe
PhD, University of California, Berkeley, Senior Lecturer

Film & Media
6214 Dwinelle Hall
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720



Marilyn Fabe teaches courses in the history and aesthetics of the silent film (25A), the history and theory of the sound film (25 B),¬† the avant-garde film, auteur courses on Alfred Hitchcock, Charles Chaplin, and Woody Allen (151), the film musical¬† (108), the musical/noir ( 108) and Film 50, introduction to world cinema. Her book Closely Watched Films focuses on the accomplishments of fourteen film directors, beginning with D.W. Griffith and ending with Spike Lee and Mike Figgis, 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 and, most recently, the phenomenon of seeing films again and again.

Selected Publications

Closely Watched Films: An Introduction to the Art of Narrative Film Technique, University of California Press, Berkeley, 2004

“Mourning Vertigo,” American Imago, 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 Psychobiographical 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 edition)

Notes and Analysis: Booklets on Film Style Published by Macmillan Films, 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”

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