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Camera Obscura (2019) 34 (2): 1–39.
Published: 01 September 2019
..., even if her star power ultimately eclipsed the message as well as the marginalized artist that she sought to highlight. Beyoncé Latinx Muslim Black Arts Black Feminism Copyright © 2019 Camera Obscura 2019 ...
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Camera Obscura (2013) 28 (1 (82)): 1–35.
Published: 01 May 2013
..., 1976), Dario Argento’s Suspiria (Italy, 1977), and the anime Perfect Blue  (dir. Satoshi Kon, Japan, 1997). How- ever, Aronofsky’s commitment to dance seems less strong than his commitment to film art. As inRed Shoes, many of the cast members of Black Swan are professional dancers, and scenes...
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Camera Obscura (2005) 20 (3 (60)): 159–191.
Published: 01 December 2005
... lives of blacks in America.”48 Black blackface effec- tively reinscribes the black-white dyad in cases where Irish and Jewish immigrants and mulattoes blackened their faces in min- The Art of Screen Passing  •  171 strel shows, thereby obliterating the ethnic...
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Camera Obscura (1996) 13 (3 (39)): 34–51.
Published: 01 September 1996
... sessions. The second, shorter portion of the film jumps ahead a dozen years; it depicts Jennifer's reaction to efforts by the FBI to prosecute John on child pornography charges. Shot in a documentary-like, black and white style that rubs away any trace of skilled performance to expose a bumbling...
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Camera Obscura (2020) 35 (3 (105)): 132–141.
Published: 01 December 2020
..., film studies, and art history have come to Deborah Willis s work to better understand Black visual culture. An artist and scholar, Willis has excavated the images and the history of Black photography from 1840 through the present. Our conversation at Duke University in February 20191 was inspired by...
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Camera Obscura (2013) 28 (2 (83)): 1–43.
Published: 01 September 2013
... Alessandra Raengo What makes “black artblack? What functions have to be per- formed successfully in order to secure that identification? . . . And, what other kinds of work does the positive racial identifi- cation of an artwork permit one to do?  — Darby English, How to See a Work of Art...
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Camera Obscura (1990) 8 (2 (23)): 8–41.
Published: 01 May 1990
...Mary Carbine Copyright © 1990 by The Johns Hopkins University Press 1990 “The Finest Outside the Loop”: Motion Picture Exhibition in Chicago’s Black Metropolis, 1905-1928 Mary Carbine In 1905 the first black-owned movie theater, Motts Pekin Temple, opened in the section...
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Camera Obscura (2020) 35 (2 (104)): 37–61.
Published: 01 September 2020
... their visions and agitate for their sig- nificance. Film scholar Monica White Ndounou s discussion of the Hollywood film industry and black representation prohibits the too- easy assumption that studio- produced films claiming to depict black life may be regarded critically as pure art, unconstrained by...
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Camera Obscura (2013) 28 (2 (83)): 77–107.
Published: 01 September 2013
... article looks at these documentaries to explore black female subjectivity, with the trope of adoption acting as an organizing narrative principle. Adoption is treated as a metaphor of sorts, and one that might dislocate the primacy of traditional moralizing about what it means (not) to be a mother. In...
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Camera Obscura (2004) 19 (1 (55)): 151–179.
Published: 01 May 2004
... demands for social justice and consolidating the racial sta- tus quo.19 That such triangles ultimately prove unstable seems to be the lesson of the growing number of black-white-and-yellow Hollywood action movies, for example, Rising Sun (dir. Philip Kauf- man, US, 1993), The Art of War (dir...
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Camera Obscura (1995) 12 (3 (36)): 12–31.
Published: 01 September 1995
... versus natural hair.” Read- ing Black hair and hairstyling practices through the lens of African and African American art criticism Wilson states that “hair seems to be viewed as an extrusion of the life force” and that it is perceived as a “corporeal measure of physical and...
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Camera Obscura (2014) 29 (3 (87)): 117–147.
Published: 01 December 2014
..., the emergence of the “feminine mystique” in midcentury America. Figure 1. Matriculation: Brad Collins (Robert Ryan) as ex-­comrade and ex-­boyfriend of Christine Norman ( Janis Carter). The Woman on Pier 13 (dir. Robert Stevenson, US, 1950) The Red and the Black: Gender, Genre, and...
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Camera Obscura (2017) 32 (1 (94)): 1–31.
Published: 01 May 2017
... necessary to contend with two major prob- lems. First, The House Is Black is a nonnarrative film and thus out- side Pasolini’s schema (his examples all come from narrative art cinema), and, second, Pasolini conceives the cinema of poetry in purely visual terms — he does not deal with sound. The...
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Camera Obscura (2001) 15 (3 (45)): 227–265.
Published: 01 December 2001
...-White.sh 226-265=40pg 4/18/01 4:05 PM Page 226 Mercedes de Acosta (1934). Courtesy of the Rosenbach Museum & Library. 07-White.sh 226-265=40pg 4/18/01 4:05 PM Page 227 Black and White: Mercedes de Acosta’s...
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Camera Obscura (1995) 12 (3 (36)): 32–48.
Published: 01 September 1995
...Joy James Stephen Rea and Jaye Davidson in The Crying Game (Neil Jordan, 1992) Black Femmes Fatales and Sexual Abuse in Progressive “White” Cinema: Neil Jordan’s Mona Lisa and The Crying Game Joy lames Neil Jordan’s American success story Often in media and film, violence in...
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Camera Obscura (2011) 26 (1 (76)): 65–93.
Published: 01 May 2011
...Ariane Cruz Reading Jimi Hendrix: The Sex Tape and the dialogue surrounding it as a most fecund site for the collaborative laboring of black male sexuality, authenticity, and spectatorship, this article reveals the constitutive relationship between authenticity and spectatorship in the production...
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Camera Obscura (2003) 18 (2 (53)): 27–55.
Published: 01 September 2003
... depicted transformations in the meaning of public, paid work since World War II. Camera Obscura 2003 Samuel L. Jackson and Bruce Willis in Unbreakable (dir. M. Night Shyamalan, US, 2000) Hoodoo Economics: White Men’s Work and Black Men’s Magic in Contemporary American Film Heather J...
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Camera Obscura (2015) 30 (1 (88)): 129–153.
Published: 01 May 2015
...- sion and in film is so scarce that any woman cast in these roles is believed to have the power to stunt the progress black women have made in society. Thus, the burden of expectations placed on black characters is nearly impossible to fulfill. If the assumption is that art imitates life, then...
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Camera Obscura (2020) 35 (2 (104)): 125–157.
Published: 01 September 2020
...Jamie Ann Rogers This article traces the development of Afrocentric feminist aesthetics within the LA Rebellion, a film movement made up primarily of Black film students at UCLA from 1970 to the late 1980s. It argues that these aesthetics are integral to the movement’s heterogeneous but radical...
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Camera Obscura (2009) 24 (1 (70)): 37–65.
Published: 01 May 2009
... race is not a property; it is a relation of public encounter. These relations of encounter were the subject of the art- ist Keith Obadike’s performance and conceptualization of black- ness in his playful and well-known project Keith Obadike’s Blackness (2001), wherein he proposed to sell his...