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Camera Obscura (2014) 29 (2 (86)): 149–183.
Published: 01 September 2014
...Nick Davis This article yields three new and interlocking readings of Julie Dash's Illusions (US, 1982), a classic of black feminist cinema frequently analyzed from the intersectional standpoint of gendered and racial representation. First, I explore Dash's potent use of close-ups at key points...
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Camera Obscura (2019) 34 (3): 31–61.
Published: 01 December 2019
...Josie Torres Barth This article makes a case for formal analysis of historical TV through close readings that demonstrate the ways in which postwar television unsettled the domestic sphere. While scholars of historical television have dismissed formal criticism for its ignorance of contexts...
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Camera Obscura (2015) 30 (3 (90)): 93–127.
Published: 01 December 2015
...Seth Watter This article examines the simultaneous gendering and pathologization of screen space in two films directed by Anatole Litvak, The Snake Pit and Sorry, Wrong Number (US, 1948), released within months of each other. It focuses on two formal phenomena: the morbid close-up and the curlicue...
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Camera Obscura (2003) 18 (2 (53)): 1–25.
Published: 01 September 2003
...) Too Close, Too Far: Cultural Composition in Straub and Huillet’s Too Early, Too Late Burlin Barr At every instant, there is more than the eye can see, more than the ear can hear, a setting or a view waiting to be explored. . . . Most often, our perception of the city...
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Camera Obscura (1977) 1 (2 (2)): 50–66.
Published: 01 September 1977
...Thierry Kuntzel; Bertrand Augst © 1977 by Camera Obscura 1977 Le Defilement: A View In Close Up Thierry Kuntzel FILM: 'Strip offilm used in a movie camera', 'film projected in a movie theater. '1 It is the relationship between these two films which will be discussed here...
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Published: 01 December 2023
Figure 1. “This was her friends [ sic ] name . . . ” Close-up of Hito Steyerl's bondage pictures. Lovely Andrea (dir. Hito Steyerl, Japan/Austria/Germany, 2007). Courtesy of the artist More
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Published: 01 May 2021
Figure 14. A close-up of a mosaic by Jean Varda in Uncle Yanco (US/France, 1967) More
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Camera Obscura (2019) 34 (3): 63–95.
Published: 01 December 2019
...Jenelle Troxell This article examines the origin myth of the feminist film journal Close Up , namely, an excursion by its founders Bryher and H.D. to see G. W. Pabst’s Die freudlose Gasse ( The Joyless Street , 1925) in a small cinema in Montreux, Switzerland. Throughout the essay, I use Joyless...
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Camera Obscura (2013) 28 (2 (83)): 1–43.
Published: 01 September 2013
..., be attached to skin pigmentation but indicates instead the body's extension beyond itself into the social sphere. With a close analysis of a variety of visual texts, ranging from the shadow of a lynched body in a 1930s NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) photograph...
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Camera Obscura (2014) 29 (2 (86)): 1–33.
Published: 01 September 2014
... a director humiliates her at an audition by demanding the right to inspect her body, she begins disembodied phone sex work. Most critics of the film either emphasize the main character's growth or observe that her interiority remains unavailable to viewers despite the film's extensive use of close-ups...
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Camera Obscura (2009) 24 (3 (72)): 73–109.
Published: 01 December 2009
...Zahid R. Chaudhary This article aims for an account of materiality that helps apprehend race as a material reality while attending to its semiotic, aesthetic, and cultural signification. Through a close reading of Alfonso Cuarón's film, Children of Men (UK, 2006), the author argues that allegory...
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Camera Obscura (2010) 25 (1 (73)): 161–195.
Published: 01 May 2010
...Anna E. Ward As faces become ubiquitous on the Web through social networking sites and YouTube, it is perhaps no surprise that an adult, subscription-based Web site has emerged seeking to capitalize on investing faces with sexual meaning. This article engages in a close examination of the Web site...
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Camera Obscura (2011) 26 (1 (76)): 1–37.
Published: 01 May 2011
...Minh-Ha T. Pham This essay closely considers the political limits and possibilities of fashion-themed blogs. Specifically, the author examines the ways in which such blogs are everyday cultural sites that are framed by and can potentially reframe neoliberal relations of culture, technology...
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Camera Obscura (2011) 25 (3 (75)): 143–177.
Published: 01 December 2011
... is a reading of Born into Brothels , an award-winning film documenting the codirector and photojournalist Zana Briski's humanitarian project to emancipate the children of prostitutes in India by training them in photography and creating avenues for them to sell their own photographs of brothel life. A close...
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Camera Obscura (2010) 25 (2 (74)): 173–181.
Published: 01 September 2010
... Carmen Durán and Lourdes Luján who challenge the power of corporate globalization as they struggle to ameliorate its affects and rebuild their lives and their communities. In this interview, Funari and de la Torre discuss their close collaboration with maquiladora workers/community activists, some...
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Camera Obscura (2010) 25 (2 (74)): 183–195.
Published: 01 September 2010
... of governmentality. Shot in real time between 2002 and 2007, And I Do Survive takes as its subject the HIV-positive bisexual activist Michelle Lopez. Born in Trinidad, Lopez has been in the US for close to two decades now but has been unable to acquire citizenship because of a legal ban on HIV-positive immigrants...
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Camera Obscura (2011) 26 (1 (76)): 131–157.
Published: 01 May 2011
..., there is a danger of underplaying, reifying, or of just not looking at the spaces of belonging and inhabitance that are also characteristic of an era of transnational migration. As a result, theories of transnational and diasporic cinema run the risk of closing down spaces for considering the complexities...
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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 (2012) 27 (1 (79)): 31–67.
Published: 01 May 2012
... unapproachable, sexually undefined (e.g., Is he straight? Is he gay? Or does it matter?), or even potentially dangerous. The article develops this idea via a close analysis of the films and seeks to extend this idea to an understanding of how Hollywood and the international market form a similar pattern...
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Camera Obscura (2012) 27 (2 (80)): 25–59.
Published: 01 September 2012
.... Therefore, through a close reading of Socrate Safo's four-part video-film Jezebel , I examine the ways in which women embody extremes, perversions, and private pleasures that are not confined to earthly realities and to the immediately visible world. Lindsey Green-Simms is assistant professor...