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Camera Obscura (2004) 19 (1 (55)): 113–149.
Published: 01 May 2004
... on Bernardo Bertolucci, Joseph Conrad, and Paul Bowles, and coedits Bryn Mawr Review of Comparative Literature . American Beauty’s insistence that what the Colonel and film viewers see barely conceals our identifications, repressions, and aggressions. Envisioning the (W)hole World “Behind Things...
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Camera Obscura (2018) 33 (2 (98)): 161–195.
Published: 01 September 2018
...Will Scheibel Famously touted as “the most beautiful woman in movie history” by Darryl F. Zanuck, the chief executive of Twentieth Century Fox, actress Gene Tierney achieved major stardom with Fox’s classic Laura (dir. Otto Preminger, US, 1944) following years of being typecast as an Orientalist...
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Camera Obscura (2010) 25 (1 (73)): 161–195.
Published: 01 May 2010
... BeautifulAgony.com , a site exclusively focusing on the face of orgasm. Using Tom Gunning's research on the gnostic impulse of cinema, or the drive to reveal “new visual knowledge” through technology, I interrogate hard-core representation in the context of visual media and knowledge production. Beautiful Agony's...
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Camera Obscura (2015) 30 (2 (89)): 89–123.
Published: 01 September 2015
...Diana Adesola Mafe This article argues that the 2013 first-person shooter (FPS) video game BioShock Infinite (2K Games) challenges gamers in its representations of race. Launched in 2007, the BioShock franchise has a reputation for thoughtful dystopian narratives, beautiful retro worlds...
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Camera Obscura (2009) 24 (1 (70)): 135–175.
Published: 01 May 2009
... induces another kind of damage, or agnosia: the ability to evaluate facial beauty. “Liking What You See” reflects on the ways in which such a technology might either disrupt or reproduce gender and racial ideologies by altering people's ability to recognize and experience a particular form of visual...
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Camera Obscura (2010) 25 (2 (74)): 119–159.
Published: 01 September 2010
... of mourning, romance, and murder are set in the great outdoors, while the interior sets are cluttered with potted plants that signify the tamed emotions of domestic life. The film establishes a binary in which an “evil” woman—played by Gene Tierney, then known as “the most beautiful woman in the world...
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Camera Obscura (2012) 27 (3 (81)): 69–98.
Published: 01 December 2012
...Jennifer Fleeger This article argues that each new development in sound technology is accompanied by a mismatched woman — a figure with a voice that fails to gel with the image of her body. Because they are famous for having singing voices that startle listeners with their beauty and dexterity...
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Camera Obscura (2020) 35 (3 (105)): 132–141.
Published: 01 December 2020
... began to purposely catalogue such materials. Across projects, she has engaged questions of beauty, citizenship, Black culture, and family history from the nineteenth century to the present by closely examining the camera practices of legendary photographers and the cultural contexts surrounding iconic...
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Camera Obscura (2021) 36 (1 (106)): 41–59.
Published: 01 May 2021
...), but it became its own parallel film. In prioritizing this story and pushing it to feature length, Varda opened it up for imagining with and beyond Birkin. She made it a fairy-tale, a feminist story about what women may imagine and eroticize, about the grief, pathos, damage, and beauty in this. It became a vital...
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Camera Obscura (1995) 12 (3 (36)): 12–31.
Published: 01 September 1995
... dark skin and your kinky/curly hair, are visuaL2 To say that the health and beauty industries have been successful in marketing and manipulating Black consumer desire when it comes to hair would be an understatement. A casual glance through most Black women’s magazines...
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Camera Obscura (2003) 18 (2 (53)): 57–91.
Published: 01 September 2003
.... Joan’s face, previously taken as a direct instantiation of beauty, becomes a synecdochal concentration of an aesthetic totality that can only emerge as the narrative unfolds. Bordwell concludes with a passage redolent of a certain brand of postdeconstructive critical practice that evades decon...
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Camera Obscura (2004) 19 (1 (55)): 1–41.
Published: 01 May 2004
...- ity and, as I will argue later in the essay, about feminism too, which invited the nation to pay attention to the “beautiful” female body for the ultimate purpose of its eradication. As I analyze the styl- ized and purportedly sympathetic photographs of Tucker in the context of the antifeminist...
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Camera Obscura (2019) 34 (3): 1–29.
Published: 01 December 2019
... of Chinese women s literature and cinema in the early post-Mao era. Zhang Nuanxin was a key figure in this movement; her most represented film, Sacrificed Youth, was adapted from the female writer Zhang Manling s autobiographical novella A Beautiful Place Youyige meili de difang, 1982). As economic reform...
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Camera Obscura (2009) 24 (2 (71)): 1–41.
Published: 01 September 2009
... of a surgery performed on the eye of a beautiful woman. Jordá has described the film as a provocation of the audience and the surgery images as an attempt to counter what he terms “aesthetic drowsiness.”1 The shots are certainly arresting, but more striking is Jordá’s contention that a visually...
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Camera Obscura (1995) 12 (3 (36)): 32–48.
Published: 01 September 1995
... dress. Beauty as the beast: The tragic-murderous “mulatta” Adventure or “thrill” in cinema is often linked to violence. The very existence of the “mulatta” suggests and represents sexual violence. Tapping into the multiple meanings of the Euro-American black female...
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Camera Obscura (1992) 10 (1 (28)): 206–237.
Published: 01 January 1992
... patient is promised beauty and re-form in exchange for confession, which is predicated on an admission of a diseased appearance that points to a diseased (powerless) character. A failure to confess, in the clinical setting, is equated with a refusal of health...
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Camera Obscura (2002) 17 (2 (50)): 41–67.
Published: 01 September 2002
...) Courtesy Museum of Modern Art Film Stills Archive Consuming Distractions in Prix de beauté Tracy Cox We annihilate beauty when we link the artistic creation with practical interests and transform the spectator into a selfishly interested bystander. The scenic background of the [photo]play...
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Camera Obscura (2013) 28 (1 (82)): 69–101.
Published: 01 May 2013
...- ture or the anticipation of an absent lover but also the arrival of others just like her to come. One of a series — Minnesota-­based amateur photographer Hoai Nam has released Ao Trang (White Dress) every year since 1996 — the beautiful woman in the lumi- nous ao dai lingers in a melancholic...
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Camera Obscura (2015) 30 (2 (89)): 55–87.
Published: 01 September 2015
..., this essay demonstrates that, however unwittingly, Cukor offers an expansive, fluid notion of the body and being. George Cukor Joan Crawford transgender and disability female masculinity body schema Figure 1. Joan Crawford’s beauty regimen recalls her role as a facially scarred woman in A Woman’s...
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Camera Obscura (1995) 12 (2 (35)): 129–157.
Published: 01 May 1995
... of the psychological strain during the mod- ernization process to the Japanese such sin- cerity was the mark of true beauty in a woman. Perhaps this aesthetic sense is exclusively Japan- ese, for Hara Setsuko appeared most...