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Camera Obscura (2011) 26 (2 (77)): 33–63.
Published: 01 September 2011
... “Engaging the Eighties.” © 2011 by Camera Obscura 2011 Darth Vader and Marilyn Monroe: icons of air. Courtesy of PhotoFest Panting in the Dark: The Ambivalence of Air in Cinema Kevin L. Ferguson Here is a strange riddle, almost the start of a bad joke: What do Darth Vader...
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Camera Obscura (2022) 37 (3 (111)): 145–177.
Published: 01 December 2022
... wrestle with the need for social justice while questioning the “appropriate behaviors” demanded by serious commitments to the cause. Her work reveals the ambivalence of feminist attachments. This article reads the queer feminist politics of Akhavan's work, with a particular focus on her debut feature...
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Camera Obscura (2007) 22 (2 (65)): 103–123.
Published: 01 September 2007
...” and “Gossip's Stages: Theatre, Scandal, and Sexuality.” Publicity still of Joan Van Ark On the Bubble: The Soap Opera Diva’s Ambivalent Orbit Nick Salvato “To Be Fabulous” In a 2006 phone interview with two of her fans, the actress Joan Van Ark gestured, quite unintentionally, toward...
Published: 01 May 2022
Figure 2. Joséphine and Noé dance ambivalently in 35 Shots of Rum ( 35 Rhums , dir. Claire Denis, France/Germany, 2009). More
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Camera Obscura (2019) 34 (3): 97–125.
Published: 01 December 2019
... heart is an established couple whose seemingly secure erotic bond is marked by deep ambivalence. This bond is stretched beyond recognition as it bends to the presence of the sexual outsider, who is first incorporated into, then ejected from, the pseudofamilial world. Though irreparably altered...
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Camera Obscura (2010) 25 (2 (74)): 119–159.
Published: 01 September 2010
.... This article focuses on one of the most commercially successful Hollywood films of 1946, John M. Stahl's Leave Her to Heaven, arguing that the film's spectacular Technicolor landscapes function as a melodramatic device for mediating ambivalence about the social role of women at that time. In this film, scenes...
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Camera Obscura (2017) 32 (1 (94)): 129–165.
Published: 01 May 2017
... to the implementation of Hollywood's star system. This article also analyzes the ambivalent modes of representation and address journalists directed at girl spectators and how such modes evidenced the film industry's growing dependence on young female audiences, as well as the broader patriarchal anxiety over girls...
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Camera Obscura (2017) 32 (2 (95)): 117–151.
Published: 01 September 2017
... misunderstood, Gelley contends, not primarily because of the transgressive nature of their subject matter but, more importantly, for the negativity and ambivalence of their critique and the way in which they reinvent the conventional cinematic language of heterosexual intimacy. Fat Girl is one instance...
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Camera Obscura (2008) 23 (1 (67)): 69–87.
Published: 01 May 2008
...Melissa Bradshaw “Devouring the Diva” explores the drives that push us to pursue, consume, and destroy the diva, arguing for a reading of the diva as a figure of feminine gendering and as a stand-in for the fetishized mother whom we ambivalently adore, mourn, and hate. Through an analysis...
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Camera Obscura (2015) 30 (1 (88)): 11–39.
Published: 01 May 2015
... and dispersed in ambivalent representations and interpretations across the mediascape. Due to its combinatory nature and gendered valences, we call this concept the transmediated grotesque . We build this discussion around three reality celebrity case studies: Kate Gosselin, star of TLC's Jon and Kate Plus 8...
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Camera Obscura (2012) 27 (1 (79)): 69–95.
Published: 01 May 2012
... argues that Ma's videos explore the Chinese diaspora as a space where desire and estrangement from landscape are articulated in narrative form. Since queer sexuality problematizes nationalistic identification, queer diasporic narratives express a profound ambivalence toward space. Feng concludes...
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Camera Obscura (2013) 28 (1 (82)): 37–67.
Published: 01 May 2013
...), Savage Grace (dir. Tom Kalin, Spain/US/France, 2007), and A Single Man (dir. Tom Ford, US, 2009). Released at a historical conjuncture when queer debates about marriage and conjugal life are deeply polarized, these works share an ambivalent and stylized fascination with the white bourgeois family...
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Camera Obscura (2013) 28 (3 (84)): 1–31.
Published: 01 December 2013
... in a contradictory manner throughout her lifetime — from poet, to political activist, to filmmaker, to anthropologist, and so on. Third, it investigates Deren's ethnicity — her status as a Russian immigrant Jew, a characterization about which she had great ambivalence. Fourth, it examines her early writings...
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Camera Obscura (2018) 33 (1 (97)): 113–137.
Published: 01 May 2018
... a visibility of what Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri term “the flesh of the multitude” that offers opportunities for new forms of recognition and political alliance. Sleep Dealer provides an ambivalent theory of visibility and the production of collective memory within a neoliberal frame that sheds light...
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Camera Obscura (2018) 33 (2 (98)): 69–103.
Published: 01 September 2018
.... Banks and the Mary Poppins suffrage subplot might be more productively understood as offering an ambivalent—even anti-suffrage—representation of the Anglo-American suffragette. Copyright © 2018 Camera Obscura 2018 Mary Poppins transatlantic suffrage film postcards feminism women’s...
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Camera Obscura (2021) 36 (2 (107)): 33–63.
Published: 01 September 2021
... of ethnicity, gender, and nation, it argues that the lesbian sex scenes encode and eroticize latent anxieties and tensions surrounding Japan-Korea relations, making explicit the ambivalent longing and lingering identification shared between the colonizers and the colonized. Furthermore, through intertextual...
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Camera Obscura (2021) 36 (2 (107)): 175–183.
Published: 01 September 2021
... of ambivalence on terms of sexual difference, especially for father figures perceived as models of artistic expressivity, and the mothering body as a body of prohibition, labor, illness, and death. Examining the negation of the body, the role of aggression and violence, and the critique of the bind of “male...
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Camera Obscura (2022) 37 (2 (110)): 59–89.
Published: 01 September 2022
... Frames per Century (Italy, 2013), Chevalier (Greece, 2015), and Trigonometry (BBC, 2020), reveals Tsangari's authorial signature and how Tsangari's films ambivalently bene fit from “wave” marketing even as their reception bears out the costs of that uncomfortable fit. Paradoxically, Tsangari's auteur...
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Camera Obscura (2018) 33 (2 (98)): 1–39.
Published: 01 September 2018
... abandoning the importance of its ambitions in today’s increasingly demanding political climate. Copyright © 2018 Camera Obscura 2018 love cosmopolitanism Sally Potter idealization ambivalence ...
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Camera Obscura (1982) 3-4 (2-3-1 (8-9-10)): 7–11.
Published: 01 December 1982
... paradoxically, along the two parallel tracks of difference and language which meet in this film in a peculiarly ambivalent notion ofpavole defemme. Sauve quipeut (la vie) opens with a shot of Denise riding her bicycle in the country. This image and those associated with it-writing at the window-seat...