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Camera Obscura (2014) 29 (2 (86)): 85–117.
Published: 01 September 2014
...Maggie Hennefeld This article rethinks the emergence of narrative film syntax through the comedy genre, focusing on slapstick films that depict female unruliness. I discuss films featuring Mabel Normand, Florence Turner, Marie Dressler, Sarah Duhamel, and other forgotten silent comediennes, arguing...
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Camera Obscura (2016) 31 (1 (91)): 153–163.
Published: 01 May 2016
... political action has a key analogue in its development of an aesthetic of collectivity. This aesthetic helps constitute the political “discussion film” and is coevolving in compelling, interactive ways with New Day's embrace of new technologies for noncommercial distribution. Elizabeth Coffman...
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Camera Obscura (2008) 23 (2 (68)): 41–66.
Published: 01 September 2008
... of these discussions and explore their interrelations, by looking at the film through a history and analysis of cinematic reflexivity. As a metacinematic work both by and about an African American lesbian director, the film has much to say about the means of its own production and, even further, about the way...
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Camera Obscura (2014) 29 (1 (85)): 5–31.
Published: 01 May 2014
... in the contemporary global terrain of film festivals and criticism. Bier's recent work demonstrates properties of both art cinema and popular European genre cinema; as a result, estimations of her films' critical and cultural worth have frequently been divergent and arguably gendered. The discussion focuses on three...
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Camera Obscura (2023) 38 (3 (114)): 173–201.
Published: 01 December 2023
... points in the film, this article pairs close analyses with a discussion of Steyerl's own references to philosophy (Hegel) and film theory (Harun Farocki) within and peripherally to Lovely Andrea , demonstrating how the bondage practice of self‐suspension so central to this film performs a dialectical...
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Camera Obscura (2012) 27 (2 (80)): 135–143.
Published: 01 September 2012
... Strategies in Palestinian Queer and Women's Filmmaking” uniquely focused on questions of queerness and Palestine through a program of eight new Palestinian visual productions. The program brought together Palestinian film scholars, filmmakers, visual artists, and curators for a discussion of queer...
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Camera Obscura (2021) 36 (3 (108)): 129–135.
Published: 01 December 2021
... in New York City. Sachs initially discusses her experiences making Carolee, Barbara and Gunvor (US, 2018), which includes Hammer, the conceptual and performance artist Carolee Schneemann, and the experimental filmmaker Gunvor Nelson. She then discusses her 2019 film, A Month of Single Frames , which uses...
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Camera Obscura (2012) 27 (3 (81)): 149–157.
Published: 01 December 2012
... Film Festival, this article gestures to a waxing movement of independent filmmaking that is steadily eroding the hegemony of mainstream film culture. Films discussed include Ava DuVernay's Middle of Nowhere and Nadine Labaki's Where Do We Go Now? Significant shifts in the field of independent film...
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Camera Obscura (2018) 33 (1 (97)): 1–27.
Published: 01 May 2018
... investigates how Turkish sex films identify and discuss the social oppositions upon which desire is manufactured. It also engages these films’ repercussions, whether in terms of cinematic and social influence or how they affected moral codes regarding female sexuality. Moving from Alan Soble’s Marxist analysis...
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Camera Obscura (2011) 26 (3 (78)): 155–165.
Published: 01 December 2011
... herself as a benshi. Unlike other traditional performing arts, creating one's original style based on one's interpretation of the film has always been more valued than copying the predecessors' styles. Sawato also discusses the complex ways in which she, a contemporary woman with a clear feminist agenda...
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Camera Obscura (2013) 28 (1 (82)): 1–35.
Published: 01 May 2013
... celebrities, contemporary directors clear ground for the artistic merit of their films against the other art forms embodied by the films’ stars. The Actress Experience  • 5 In discussing celebrity and cruelty in this essay, I am inter- ested in the excess...
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Camera Obscura (2017) 32 (1 (94)): 1–31.
Published: 01 May 2017
... as a model for collectivity is analyzed in tandem with a reading of Pier Paolo Pasolini's 1965 essay “The Cinema of Poetry.” The article examines several of the film's formal strategies, such as the mobilization of the female authorial voice, in discussing how the film engages with and expands on the notion...
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Camera Obscura (2012) 27 (2 (80)): 25–59.
Published: 01 September 2012
...Lindsey Green-Simms This essay examines the aesthetic dimensions of the “occult melodramas” of West African video-films by discussing how filmmakers use the technology of video to recreate the sensuous impact of daily rumors that speak to spiritual and socioeconomic anxieties. Given...
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Camera Obscura (2022) 37 (2 (110)): 149–159.
Published: 01 September 2022
... in the twenty‐first century. By looking at a specific screening of The Craft (dir. Andrew Fleming, US, 1996), this article illustrates how DFF indexes the potential of engaging mainstream films while also engaging in feminist conversations about them. Problematic narrative aspects are discussed in real time...
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Camera Obscura (2017) 32 (1 (94)): 179–186.
Published: 01 May 2017
...-wave exploitation filmmaking. Despite her success, she remains largely obscure to academic and popular film communities. Grounding the discussion in a series of interviews conducted with the director, the author examines Rothman's role as the rare woman director working in second-wave exploitation...
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Camera Obscura (2008) 23 (2 (68)): 103–139.
Published: 01 September 2008
... speech, that the surge of weeping men in recent Israeli films–men who discuss their inability to cry or to stop crying, who parade their tears–might be read as an attempt by Israeli mainstream entertainment to deal with Israeli society's infatuation with victimhood and its tendency to conflate identity...
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Camera Obscura (2011) 25 (3 (75)): 1–27.
Published: 01 December 2011
...David Alderson Most discussions of Billy Elliot have either taken for granted an understanding of the historical event that it treats or failed to engage with that context completely. Written during the twenty-fifth anniversary of the 1984–85 miners' strike, this article considers the film...
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Camera Obscura (2011) 26 (2 (77)): 123–130.
Published: 01 September 2011
...Francesca Coppa Vidding is a thirty-year-old remix practice in which predominantly female media fans reedit television or film into music videos. Vidding is important not only as an art form in its own right but also as a subcultural — and often feminist — reinterpretation of and confrontation...
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Camera Obscura (2011) 26 (2 (77)): 131–138.
Published: 01 September 2011
...Francesca Coppa; Rebecca Tushnet Vidding is a thirty-year-old remix practice in which predominantly female media fans reedit television or film into music videos. Vidding is important not only as an art form in its own right but also as a subcultural — and often feminist — reinterpretation...
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Camera Obscura (2011) 26 (2 (77)): 139–146.
Published: 01 September 2011
...Kristina Busse; Alexis Lothian Vidding is a thirty-year-old remix practice in which predominantly female media fans reedit television or film into music videos. Vidding is important not only as an art form in its own right but also as a subcultural — and often feminist — reinterpretation...