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Camera Obscura (2004) 19 (3 (57)): 23–55.
Published: 01 December 2004
... analytical explanations for his direc- torial choices in relation to the generic (the woman’s film, the star biopic), authorial (Douglas Sirk, Rainer Werner Fassbinder), and theoretical (theories of narrative, identification, repression) an- tecedents cited in his body of work.1 In other words...
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Camera Obscura (1992) 10 (1 (28)): 292–293.
Published: 01 January 1992
.... Female Spectators: Looking at Film and Television edited by E. Deidre Pribram. Verso, 1988. BioPics: How Hollywood Constructed Public History by George F. Custen. Rutgers University Press, 1992. $14.95. Make Room for TV: Television and the Family Ideal in Postwar America by Lynn Spigel...
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Camera Obscura (2012) 27 (2 (80)): 61–91.
Published: 01 September 2012
... years developing Twentieth Century- Fox’s masculine biopics, were deeply invested in the postwar story of Tom Rath. However, while Tom’s story over- shadows Betsy’s, an analysis of the lm’s production also highlights the consequences of creating a masculine melodrama in a system dependent...
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Camera Obscura (2008) 23 (1 (67)): 69–87.
Published: 01 May 2008
... divas are creatures cre- ated by the circulating images of themselves — by photographs, television specials, films and film biopics, and celebrity magazines. Like the mother’s face, these images are invested with our desire. Ellie Ragland views our obsessive need to fetishize these images...
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Camera Obscura (2017) 32 (3 (96)): 63–91.
Published: 01 December 2017
... to destabilize, in a nostalgic key, the effemiphobia of some forms of contemporary gay culture even as it reinstantiates the presumed whiteness of gay male effeminacy. Copyright © 2017 Camera Obscura 2017 Infamous biopic femininity queer whiteness Figure 1. Truman dances the Twist with his swans...
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Camera Obscura (2014) 29 (1 (85)): 81–109.
Published: 01 May 2014
... white friends mimic the water ballet routines of Koorine’s idol Esther Williams in Million Dollar Mermaid (dir. Mervyn LeRoy, US, 1952), a popular biopic of Australian swimming legend Annette Kellerman. Koorine’s desire to be “just like Esther Williams,” as she says, is an example...
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Camera Obscura (1994) 11-12 (3-1 (33-34)): 146–165.
Published: 01 May 1994
... into its own original programming may have a similar effect of conflating “televisual” with “real” history: for my purposes, the appearance of Dana Delany in Lifetime’s recent original biopic on Margaret Sanger is the salient example. Second, even in relation...
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Camera Obscura (2007) 22 (3 (66)): 1–23.
Published: 01 December 2007
... genres of biblical epic, jungle movies, and sports films, as well as the intensely glamorous display of male faces from Valentino onward).32 He argues that comedy and biopics feature female leads whose activity is neither illusory nor eroticized. Finally, he stresses the nongendered...
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Camera Obscura (2001) 16 (3 (48)): 59–81.
Published: 01 December 2001
... of linear singu- larity not all that different from a classical cinema biopic. Rather, my argument is that the unique formal qualities of the cinema itself—often obscured, but most often highlighted in the silent cinema era—provide us with a model of historical rewriting. To be clear, I propose...
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Camera Obscura (2015) 30 (2 (89)): 29–53.
Published: 01 September 2015
... the event as both original and live. Given the insistence on the perfor- mance’s originality, and given that the cottage industry in post- mortem Shakur releases has embraced the term resurrection  — with a biography, biopic, and accompanying sound track all taking this same title — we should...
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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 (2006) 21 (3 (63)): 103–133.
Published: 01 December 2006
... Living with Our Children (1928), and Lillian’s biography of Frank, The Quest of the One Best Way (1925), as well as the Gilbreth biography she wrote with Edna Yost, Partners for Life (1949). This trope was further immortalized in the popular biopic Cheaper by the Dozen (dir. Wal- ter Lang, US...
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Camera Obscura (2007) 22 (3 (66)): 129–167.
Published: 01 December 2007
..., for hers is, after all, a more ideal- ized version; yet the history that she invents is nonetheless bound by the rules of a historical reproduction rivaled in its nitpicking detail only in the pseudoarchival sequences of considerably better funded Hollywood biopics. In The Man without a World...
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Camera Obscura (2011) 26 (3 (78)): 1–33.
Published: 01 December 2011
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Camera Obscura (2004) 19 (3 (57)): 57–91.
Published: 01 December 2004
...’ domestic and profes- sional dramas with a cast of Barbie-type dolls (and occasionally human body doubles and talking heads) and presents cultural con- text for the group’s fame and Karen’s body issues. In the process, the filmmaker structures the narrative through the generic modes of star biopics...
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Camera Obscura (2013) 28 (1 (82)): 1–35.
Published: 01 May 2013