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Camera Obscura (2016) 31 (2 (92)): 27–59.
Published: 01 September 2016
...Rebecca Wanzo Issa Rae's web series The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl (2011–13), initially posted on YouTube, and Lena Dunham's Girls (HBO, 2012–) are examples of the precarious-girl comedy in the new millennium. These sitcoms depict women experiencing a prolonged girlhood produced not only...
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Camera Obscura (2018) 33 (3 (99)): 103–127.
Published: 01 December 2018
... are nonetheless geopolitically and historically specific, consistently focusing on the awkwardness of white, heterosexual, middle-class, professional German women and what Lauren Berlant refers to as the “cruel optimism” that renders their seemingly privileged existence precarious. Ade distinguishes...
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Camera Obscura (2017) 32 (2 (95)): 175–183.
Published: 01 September 2017
... person during a fictional convention called AwesomeCon; during the course of a single playthrough they can become friends, get into heated arguments, or simply have an awkward conversation and leave. In a similar tradition to ideas advanced in feminist film theory such as Kaja Silverman's Subject of...
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Camera Obscura (1979) 1-2 (3-1 (3-4)): 211–215.
Published: 01 May 1979
... these moments, marked by their awkwardness, Anna is increasingly silent. She listens, almost without response, to the two separate mono- logues of the stranger in Essen, to her parents’ friend, to the stranger on the train, to her lover Daniel in Paris. In all of these...
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Camera Obscura (2008) 23 (1 (67)): 160–164.
Published: 01 May 2008
... politically inspiring than sexually threatening. I distinctly remem- 162  •  Camera Obscura ber having a comically awkward discussion with my father after watching your sex scene with Jon Voight in Coming Home (dir. Hal Ashby, US, 1978). My dad tried to explain (unsuccessfully) why Sally...
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Camera Obscura (1996) 13 (3 (39)): 34–51.
Published: 01 September 1996
... determining what "the male eye" might be. There's the scene where Jennifer is having her picture taken naked for 48 the first time, and there's a very awkward zoom into her breast, cutting off her face. People have said to me, "Did an oversexed college sophomore shoot that?" That's asking...
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Camera Obscura (1991) 9 (3 (27)): 166–173.
Published: 01 September 1991
... oppositions put her in the awkward position of defending the fixity of those oppositions: “Wood’s desire to ‘blur’ the lines of gender is the hidden secret of Vietnam narratives: to confuse the categories of gender by asserting the masculine colonization of the territory of...
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Camera Obscura (1988) 6 (2 (17)): 206–214.
Published: 01 May 1988
... to many. First of all, to those who do not so much disagree with what is said as doubt the wisdom of saying it here and now. Secondly but no less emphat- ically, to those like myself who nevertheless choose to speak, though with an awkwardness stemming from the complications of self-division...
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Camera Obscura (2013) 28 (3 (84)): 159–167.
Published: 01 December 2013
... thinking. I often find myself introducing readings to my students with the preface, “The work we are discussing today is by an author who just passed away.” It makes for an awkward intro- duction, to be sure, but I feel compelled to acknowledge the loss, a loss that feels oddly personal. The...
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Camera Obscura (1991) 9 (3 (27)): 148–165.
Published: 01 September 1991
...-century photographer Auguste Salzmann (stressing the specific context of its “production and reception” over its recently celebrated “aesthetic” qualities). This article has its awkward mo- ments, however, as Solomon-Godeau tries simultaneously to claim Salzmann as a...
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Camera Obscura (2014) 29 (2 (86)): 59–83.
Published: 01 September 2014
... fingers twitching in close-­up, while the close-­ups of her face allow us to witness her awkward awareness of the camera’s presence. Again, this vulnerability encourages a sense of compassion for Maria, but one that is complicated by the viewers’ own complicity in her expo- sure. This combination...
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Camera Obscura (1995) 12 (3 (36)): 134–153.
Published: 01 September 1995
... great pains to show Houston sweat and gleam from her musical releases, but any similar signs of emotion for her lovers evaporate when she meets a tempting angel, played by Denzel Washington, or when she reconciles with her husband. Awkward dialogue and settings make the struggle to...
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Camera Obscura (2014) 29 (1 (85)): 111–135.
Published: 01 May 2014
... off the frame to the promise of a landscaped utopia and dreams that never actually materialize, the film leaves its viewer instead with the aesthetics (and arguably the realities) of discomfiting humor and profound awkwardness: an exercise in cinematic wish un-­fulfillment that rends a tear...
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Camera Obscura (2020) 35 (1 (103)): 109–137.
Published: 01 May 2020
..., however, her anxiety gives rise to humor. In Whiskey, the laughs Barker provides for her audience are shaped by the oddities and awkwardness of racist imperiality coupled with the goofiness of (her) whiteness; or perhaps, racist imperiality allows for white stupidity with impunity.45 Will Leitch of the...
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Camera Obscura (1980) 2 (3 (6)): 90–110.
Published: 01 December 1980
... pleasure’s all mine addressed to Rainsford at the begnning of the film), here betrays a certain awkwardness of speech: this impotence is the reflection of his inability to see. 21. Zaroff lowers his bow. The weapon is off-screen-thus it has al- ready been abandoned. You didn’t think a leopard...
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Camera Obscura (2008) 23 (3 (69)): 137–157.
Published: 01 December 2008
... more awkward partner, however. He stands still while Ben, in a virtuosic turn by Stockwell, appears light on his feet. Ben wears lipstick and white makeup (he is a kind of “candy-colored clown sports a comically long cigarette holder, and knows how to hold a light beneath his face in true...
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Camera Obscura (1983) 4 (2 (11)): 72–85.
Published: 01 September 1983
... alone are very awkward -your treatment is quite different. MK: I will never acknowledge another source again in describing my work! It just creates confusion. The film isn't about the book, there is just a small connection. I liked the use of the word "chaos" in the title. It also goes back to...
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Camera Obscura (1988) 6 (1 (16)): 179–190.
Published: 01 January 1988
... apparently quickly sur• mounted, however: My concern about whether I could persuade Dot's customers to elaborate honestly about their motives for reading was unwarranted, for after an initial period of mutually felt awkwardness, we conversed frankly and with...
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Camera Obscura (2007) 22 (2 (65)): 103–123.
Published: 01 September 2007
... forums, “they continuously critique actors’ performances (complaining about phony foreign accents, bad hairstyles, or awkward acting5 Nev- ertheless, the very same viewers are also steadfast champions of their favorite soap opera divas — and they use precisely this term 108  •  Camera...
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Camera Obscura (2008) 23 (1 (67)): 69–87.
Published: 01 May 2008
.... But it does not. The song ends, its energy gradually dis- sipating as a pause stretches out into an awkward, then alarming silence. “Where’s everybody going?” she whimpers — a plea we have heard her repeat throughout the movie — just before her eyes roll back in her head and her body...