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Camera Obscura (2008) 23 (3 (69)): 137–157.
Published: 01 December 2008
...David Copenhafer In David Lynch's Blue Velvet , music is a key component of the film's intricate staging of gender and sexuality. “Mourning and Music” interprets four scenes in which characters either sing songs or imitate singing. It argues that the unsettling appearance of gender and sexuality...
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Camera Obscura (1992) 10 (3 (30)): 76–91.
Published: 01 May 1992
...Lesley Stern Copyright © 1992 by Indiana University Press 1992 Blue Velvet (David Lynch, 1986) The Oblivious Transfer: Analyzing Blue Velvet Lesley Stern 1. Me Jane Before I begin there is something I want you to remember. Whatever I have to say, today, about Blue Velvet, I say...
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Camera Obscura (2011) 26 (2 (77)): 33–63.
Published: 01 September 2011
... liminal. Through close readings of The Seven Year Itch, Blue Velvet, Three Little Pigs , and The Empire Strikes Back , I track the range of meaning found in cinematic breathing, from the figurative presence of erotic breath in pornography to the literal associations of air and environment in animation...
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Camera Obscura (1979) 1-2 (3-1 (3-4)): 216–218.
Published: 01 May 1979
.... To this are added certain significant accents and varia- tions. The two colors that dominate these interior sequences are red- dish-brown and a range of blue-green-gray. The latter functions as one color, whose seeming variation is often a result of difference in lighting. It is not only the decor...
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Camera Obscura (1990) 8 (2 (23)): 8–41.
Published: 01 May 1990
....” However, the emphasis on European immigrants presumes that the most significant shift in turn- of-the-century urban populations resulted from the second wave of Bessie Smith, blues vocalist (courtesy of Michael Ochs Archives) 10 European immigration. In fact, the nickelodeon era and the rise...
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Camera Obscura (2007) 22 (3 (66)): 61–91.
Published: 01 December 2007
...) is red; his blaster shoots in red; and yet here, midway through the third film, his belly glows green. A seemingly trivial shift, it is true, but shocking in the red-and-blue-illuminated world that James Cameron created, a color schema so strong that one can read the relative position- ing...
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Camera Obscura (1990) 8 (3 (24)): 162–167.
Published: 01 September 1990
... the image waver at varying speeds), the time of inscription and erasure (follow spotlights are used like light-bearing paintbrushes), the time of color variations (where the color literally “passes” from white to blue, from blue to black, from black to blue, from blue...
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Camera Obscura (2008) 23 (1 (67)): 11–45.
Published: 01 May 2008
... women’s performance dominated by the sexual and racial politics of the blues lyric and sound.4 The woman blues singer is positioned by these scholars as a figure and agent of an African American modernism and working-class feminism, one who tells a tale of emancipation, self-formation, migration...
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Camera Obscura (1983) 4 (2 (11)): 28–59.
Published: 01 September 1983
.... For example, at the beginning of Nostos 1, on the screen which has changed imperceptibly from blue to white, a form appears, hardly visible, indistinct, and moves upward, disappearing and reappearing all the 35 while, like the beating of a wing perceived, then lost against the sky: soon we realize...
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Camera Obscura (2017) 32 (2 (95)): 29–61.
Published: 01 September 2017
... film- making in order to revise the gender, sexual, and racial represen- tational politics of conventional adult video. “Girls with Tattoos”: A Brief History of Alt Alt-­porn originated as a series of softcore DIY ventures “draw- ing on [print] magazines such as the Goth-­themed Blue Blood...
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Camera Obscura (2023) 38 (3 (114)): 35–75.
Published: 01 December 2023
..., punctuated by the decorator's affirmative “yeses” and nods. Her monologue is worth reproducing in its entirety: Now, let's talk about the painting. I had some samples. Ah, here we are. Now, first, the living room. I want it to be a soft green. Not as blue-green as a robin's egg. But not as yellow-green...
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Camera Obscura (1990) 8 (1 (22)): 159–166.
Published: 01 January 1990
...- style blues songs. One of the women croons, “I’m too black and that’s a historical fact The film closes with both women appropriating the language of popular self-help psychology and staring into the camera while kissing their forearms and exclaiming, “I love myself. . . We...
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Camera Obscura (2017) 32 (2 (95)): 89–115.
Published: 01 September 2017
... that there is “something sick, wrong, or ‘creepy’ about the way that Bronies subvert expectations sur- rounding gender, age, and the consumption of media.” Bronies are considered at best “silly” or “facetious” and at worst “pathologi- cal.”2 Responding to this negative attention, blogger Jed A. Blue defends...
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Camera Obscura (2011) 26 (3 (78)): 95–135.
Published: 01 December 2011
... in generic recognition the film encour- ages. The viewer is introduced to Mark ( Jared Sanford) and Sheila (Bridget Brno), Barbi’s neighbors, who are lolling by their sparkling blue pool in the early afternoon, their polyester costuming comple- menting the color-­coordinated palette of yellow and white...
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Camera Obscura (2021) 36 (1 (106)): 9–39.
Published: 01 May 2021
... on extradiegetic: in Le bonheur she inventively fades to monochromes of blue or red rather than to black or white, and in Uncle Yanco , too, there is a sense that color assumes a life of its own, independent of the objects that serve as its canvas, producing what Gilles Deleuze calls an absorbent “color-image...
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Camera Obscura (2022) 37 (3 (111)): 145–177.
Published: 01 December 2022
... of the memoir Stone Butch Blues to hint at how the (visual) politics of the past haunt the queer present. 10 By using Hemmings's work as the theoretical framing of my analysis of queer feminism's norms and Akhavan's representation of them, in this article I explore how Akhavan negotiates and exploits...
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Camera Obscura (2007) 22 (2 (65)): 140–143.
Published: 01 September 2007
..., unapologetically flaming man-diva influenced primarily by church women, black blues singers, drag queens, hippies, and homos. Like very few before him, and quite a few after, Sylvester rode his marginality right into the mainstream: a star not despite the boundaries of race, gender, and sexuality he...
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Camera Obscura (2011) 26 (2 (77)): 131–138.
Published: 01 September 2011
... her message out. In 2010, “Vogue” disappeared again, along with “Subterranean Homesick Blues,” an XFiles vid made with tzikeh that explores the charac- ter of Agent Fox Mulder through Bob Dylan’s paranoid lyrics. As YouTube becomes more congruent with the economic interests of large media...
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Camera Obscura (2008) 23 (2 (68)): 69–101.
Published: 01 September 2008
... suicide: “As I was about to jump, the moonlight glinted off the railroad tracks. The light was pale blue and ghostly, I somehow recall. A pale blue light like lightning shone right into my eyes. Before I knew it, the train was gone. Standing there, dazed, the images that came to me were my...
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Camera Obscura (1994) 11-12 (3-1 (33-34)): 76–101.
Published: 01 May 1994
..., the furbishings of a “Negro” bar. In this passage from Double Indemnity, the fetish in its traditional role as “veil” is invoked: “Under those blue pajamas was a shape to set a man nuts, and how good I was going to sound when I started explaining the high ethics of the insurance...