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Camera Obscura (2015) 30 (2 (89)): 125–155.
Published: 01 September 2015
... be visually conjured by a set of physical attributes—the burly southern sheriff or the redneck. By contrast, the trim, handsome, and pacifistic Andy Taylor (Andy Griffith) as sheriff with his comically inept deputy Barney Fife (Don Knotts) presented a new, more tolerant South. With Andy at its helm, Andy...
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Camera Obscura (1991) 9 (1-2 (25-26)): 202–223.
Published: 01 September 1991
...Henry Jenkins Copyright © 1991 by The Johns Hopkins University Press 1991 “Don’t Become Too Intimate With That Terrible Woman Unruly Wives, Female Comic Performance and So Long Letty Henry Ienkins The somber Mr. Davis (Claude Gillingwater) checks into the Ardmore...
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Camera Obscura (2023) 38 (3 (114)): 141–171.
Published: 01 December 2023
... subject was coming into formation, using comic books of this moment to find the user figure and its stories. The DC Comics archive might not seem the most likely place to find answers to these concerns. But superhero origin stories are always about becoming user in late capitalist imaginaries. Superheroes...
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Published: 01 December 2023
Figure 4. Barbara at her computer under the Gotham clock. “A Little Knowledge,” Showcase ’94 , no. 12 (December 1994), DC Comics, 4. Scan provided by the Russel B. Nye Popular Culture Collection at Michigan State University More
Published: 01 December 2023
Figure 3. Barbara typing “tak tak tak” and being interrupted by the “BAM BAM BAM” of someone knocking on the door. “A Little Knowledge,” Showcase94 , no. 12 (December 1994), DC Comics, 1. Scan provided by the Russel B. Nye Popular Culture Collection at Michigan State University More
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Camera Obscura (1996) 13 (3 (39)): 104–125.
Published: 01 September 1996
... culture has become famous for its production of muscular bodies-from Bruce Lee, through the kung fu comics, to Jackie Chan. John Woo's tightly choreographed gunfight sequences are a sheer deployment of virile bodies. In the movies of Tsui Hark and Wong Kar-wai...
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Camera Obscura (2014) 29 (2 (86)): 85–117.
Published: 01 September 2014
... of its own construction. This article posits the comic film actress in early and transitional silent cinema as an unruly figure who is key to understanding this protean period.6 Comediennes’ wayward bodily gestures perform their own historiographic narratives that disrupt a linear idea...
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Camera Obscura (2013) 28 (3 (84)): 103–123.
Published: 01 December 2013
... narrative, Are You My Mother?, explains that reproducing a newspaper page for one of her comic pages exemplifies her storytelling process: “A newspaper is filled with thousands of stories. Every daily paper, every day is filled with all these little glimpses of people’s lives. And so, when I’m...
Published: 01 May 2021
Figure 1. The Young Girls of Rochefort ( Les demoiselles de Rochefort , dir. Jacques Demy, France, 1966) pressbook created by Ciné-Tamaris on the occasion of the DCP restoration of the film in 2013. The booklet contains an explanation of the restoration process, excerpts of the photo comic More
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Camera Obscura (2000) 15 (2 (44)): 151–175.
Published: 01 September 2000
... “an adorable comic fable” but also a formula for understanding and creating racial harmony: This sparkling gem is not just a hilarious and touching account of a friendship that develops between two women of jarringly different...
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Camera Obscura (2011) 26 (3 (78)): 155–165.
Published: 01 December 2011
... studies and gender theory at Hosei, Meijigakuin, Tama Art, and Kyoritsu Women's universities in Tokyo. She also served as visiting curator at the National Film Center, Japan, between 2002 and 2006. Her recent English-language article “Theorizing Comics/Manga Genre as a Productive Forum: Yaoi and Beyond...
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Camera Obscura (1988) 6 (2 (17)): 68–81.
Published: 01 May 1988
... incorporate the mother, her return is experienced by the audience as an unfair intrusion and the men’s inclusion of her in their mhage a generous (if also pragmatic) gesture. Even in some of its small details the film surreally evokes, while comically displacing, paternal anxieties about...
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Camera Obscura (2023) 38 (3 (114)): 107–139.
Published: 01 December 2023
.... This applies to the author-performer television of women, for whom the sitcom was traditionally “the one television genre they had always called their own,” with author-performers from Lucille Ball to Roseanne Barr using the sitcom's generic comic hospitability to tell their stories. 24 Continuing...
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Camera Obscura (2010) 25 (1 (73)): 97–129.
Published: 01 May 2010
... had their roots firmly placed in silent cinema, where each of the comedians had had, if not thriving, at least sustainable careers by appearing in countless movies, as a solo comedian in Laurel’s case and, in Har- dy’s, in supporting roles as usually a comic heavy. In this manner, Laurel...
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Camera Obscura (2002) 17 (3 (51)): 115–147.
Published: 01 December 2002
... of “high” and “low” commingle codependently. With his disorderly body and boisterous lack of “taste,” Ron Jeremy bears an affinity to a long tradition of corpulent, obnoxious male comics, from Fatty Arbuckle to John Belushi to Chris Farley. The “funny fat guy” has always been a contradictory figure...
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Camera Obscura (2007) 22 (1 (64)): 186–193.
Published: 01 May 2007
... for example, could appear alongside Judith Butler’s comically religious presentation of the “excommunicated” Camera Obscura 64, Volume 22, Number 1 doi 10.1215/02705346-2006-025  © 2007 by Camera Obscura Published by Duke University Press 186 The Archive...
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Camera Obscura (2017) 32 (3 (96)): 1–31.
Published: 01 December 2017
... of other comedic forms because “the principal fundamental situation of the situation comedy is that things do not change. No new society occurs at the end.”3 Without cultural rebirth, Grote opines, a soporific, if not deadening, effect is achieved, with any revolutionary flair to the comic form...
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Camera Obscura (2008) 23 (3 (69)): 159–191.
Published: 01 December 2008
... with the man watching (identification — we occupy a position structurally identical to his), and our desire is the same as his (to see what he wants to see, the woman’s body). It is, of course, the inversion of genders in this sequence from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, along with the comical failure...
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Camera Obscura (2003) 18 (2 (53)): 27–55.
Published: 01 September 2003
.... That larger narrative, the central one of the film, is David’s discovery that he possesses superhuman strength. After David walks away from the deadly train wreck unscathed, he is quickly contacted by Elijah, who introduces him to a theory he has devel- oped from his dedicated reading of comic books...
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Camera Obscura (1986) 5 (3 (15)): 6–35.
Published: 01 December 1986
... melodrama plays out an uneasy acceptance of patriarchy’s decline. The mode of the most popular films in the genre tends to be elegiac or comic. On the one hand, 1979 gave us The Great Santini, a film which found the exaggerated authoritarian power of its family patriarch...