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Camera Obscura (2006) 21 (2 (62)): 1–31.
Published: 01 September 2006
... in Postwar America and Homosexuality in Cold War America: Resistance and the Crisis of Masculinity . He is also the editor, with Stephen Valocchi, of Queer Studies: An Interdisciplinary Reader . He is currently writing a book about gender and sexual mobility in Cold War Hollywood cinema. Joan Crawford...
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Camera Obscura (2015) 30 (2 (89)): 55–87.
Published: 01 September 2015
...Vincent Hausmann This essay focuses on George Cukor's A Woman's Face (US, 1941), a film that complicates a dominant narrative in studies of Joan Crawford's work that locates Mildred Pierce (dir. Michael Curtiz, US, 1945) as inaugurating the star's pronounced, albeit disparaged, iterations...
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Camera Obscura (2007) 22 (2 (65)): 11–37.
Published: 01 September 2007
... release title the chapter in which Lans- bury seduces/hypnotizes her son “Commie Dearest.” The gravity of the film thus attracts the faint whiff of absurdity that attaches to the famously awful and wonderful biopic of Joan Crawford, Mommie Dearest — the most traumatizing mother of them all...
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Camera Obscura (2008) 23 (1 (67)): 160–164.
Published: 01 May 2008
... an implication of artifice in the term that leaves me unsettled. Gay men have historically been attracted to classical Hollywood divas like Joan Crawford because of the ways that these women chal- lenge and expose the artificiality of gender itself — a queer project if there ever was one. Divas like Judy...
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Camera Obscura (1988) 6 (3 (18)): 146–154.
Published: 01 September 1988
... in the chapter on social film history and, particularly, in the case study on Joan Crawford that ends the chapter. Social film history proves the most unwieldy of the four types of history Allen and Gomery deal with, in part because it includes a number of very different kinds of inquiry. Allen...
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Camera Obscura (2001) 16 (3 (48)): 1–7.
Published: 01 December 2001
..., 1996). 3. Robert C. Allen, “The Role of the Star in Film History (Joan Crawford in Film Theory and Criticism, 5th ed., ed. Leo Braudy and Marshall Cohen (New York: Oxford University Press, 1999), 560. 4. See Mary Flanagan, “Mobile Identities, Digital Stars, and Post-Cinematic...
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Camera Obscura (2013) 28 (1 (82)): 1–35.
Published: 01 May 2013
... taken is the public with the intense and personal access we have to stars. It is difficult to imagine contemporary starlets making a claim like Joan Crawford’s: “I never go outside unless I look like Joan Craw- ford the movie star. If you want to see the girl next door, go next door...
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Camera Obscura (1991) 9 (3 (27)): 4–35.
Published: 01 September 1991
... Starling (Jodie Foster) being summoned by her academic mentor, Dr. Jack Crawford (Scott Glenn), to help him in his investigation of the crimes of a serial killer (Ted Levine), whose tabloid nickname, “Buffalo Bill,” comes from his habit of “skinning his humps,” or flaying the skin...
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Camera Obscura (1993) 11 (2 (32)): 102–123.
Published: 01 September 1993
... the way to reading the relationship of Mary Jo and Julia as more than “just friends” particularly when they dance together made up as Joan Crawford and Bette Davis (in their Baby Jane roles). Certainly, the relationships between the women are tinged...
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Camera Obscura (2010) 25 (2 (74)): 119–159.
Published: 01 September 2010
.... 28. Jack D. Grant, “Leave Her to Heaven  Fine, Powerful, Emotional Pic,” Hollywood Reporter, 20 December 1945. 29. Gene Tierney, with Mickey Herskowitz, Self-­Portrait (New York: Wyden Books, 1979), 137. Tierney was nominated for an Oscar for this role but lost to Joan Crawford...
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Camera Obscura (2015) 30 (3 (90)): 93–127.
Published: 01 December 2015
... the most salient precursor to The Snake Pit is Pos- sessed (dir. Curtis Bernhardt, US, 1947), in which these techniques are widely and consistently used to suture the viewer into Louise’s ( Joan Crawford) world of morbid jealousy. Even if the film did...
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Camera Obscura (2005) 20 (2 (59)): 165–195.
Published: 01 September 2005
... a film starring Joan Crawford,” he laments, “let alone relished the magnificent biographical ironies of A Star Is Born or seen Bette Davis’s hair fall out in Mrs. Skeffington or Rita Hayworth dance in Gilda” (32). Possibly true, but many of them will have thrilled to Madonna...
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Camera Obscura (2000) 15 (1 (43)): 123–161.
Published: 01 May 2000
... elaborate, stand-ins were required to duplicate the appear- ance of particular stars rather closely. In this vein, Sylvia Lamar, a stand-in for Heddy Lamar and Joan Crawford, has recalled her duties as follows: “In the old days . . . we rehearsed the star’s dia...
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Camera Obscura (1988) 6 (1 (16)): 203–225.
Published: 01 January 1988
... Desilu Company. UCLA: 17 episodes; 1951-1954; some with commercials. MOB : 9 episodes; 1951 (premiere)-1958; one with commercials. WC : 1 episode; 1955. I Married Joan . NBC; 1952-1955. This domestic sit-com stars Joan Davis as Joan Stevens and Jim Backus as her...
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Camera Obscura (1988) 6 (1 (16)): 47–77.
Published: 01 January 1988
... returned her rented sable to the furrier after every party [while] Joan Crawford was described as a homebody who preferred listening to Bing Crosby or Dinah Shore to listening to opera.Y" Radio (and later television) stars such as Bing Crosby and Dinah Shore came to embody...
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Camera Obscura (1990) 8 (3 (24)): 46–63.
Published: 01 September 1990
... railway carriage has kept us away after the first visit. Let’s not forget that in Letter From an Unknown Woman,Joan Fontaine makes a first-and last-visit to a version of Hale’s Tours. As expected, no one gets anywhere. Virgin, fucked woman, mother, madonna- Jourdan pushed her...