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Camera Obscura (2022) 37 (3 (111)): 31–57.
Published: 01 December 2022
... ethnographic cinema experimental film historiography and cinema Figure 1. Carmelita in Mosori Monika (dir. Chick Strand, US, 1970) Figure 1. Carmelita in Mosori Monika (dir. Chick Strand, US, 1970) “Psychedelic ethnographer and Canyon cofounder Chick Strand was years ahead of her time...
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Camera Obscura (2022) 37 (2 (110)): 59–89.
Published: 01 September 2022
... signature emerges in her struggle against category, especially Weird Wave and “women's cinema” labels. In diegetic and extradiegetic negotiations of belonging, Tsangari's auteurism emerges. 62. In episode 2 of Trigonometry (2020), which Tsangari directed, Labed reenacts this scene. Labed sits...
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Camera Obscura (2006) 21 (2 (62)): 184–191.
Published: 01 September 2006
... critical writing remains largely untouched by feminism in the UK, Laura Mulvey notwithstanding. Critical writing on experimental cinema has been comparatively sparse; an emphasis on medium in the modernist sense and debates on language and abstraction have become historical orthodoxies...
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Camera Obscura (2021) 36 (3 (108)): 89–103.
Published: 01 December 2021
... dubbed the “mother of the American avant-garde” for her pioneering role within the development of American experimental cinema in the middle of the twentieth century. Among her many contributions, in addition to the relatively small number of films she completed, Deren wrote, spoke, and lectured about...
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Camera Obscura (2017) 32 (1 (94)): 1–31.
Published: 01 May 2017
... and the free-­form associative experimentation of The House Is Black, combined with the film’s ostensible subject matter (leprosy), helps to explain the paradox of the film’s central/marginalized position in histories of Iranian cinema. The critical uneasiness regarding the film’s style and genre has...
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Camera Obscura (2005) 20 (3 (60)): 57–89.
Published: 01 December 2005
...Catherine Russell Camera Obscura 2005 Catherine Russell is a professor of film studies at Concordia University in Montreal and the director of the PhD in Humanities Program. She is the author of Narrative Mortality: Death, Closure and New Wave Cinemas (1985) and of Experimental...
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Camera Obscura (2011) 26 (2 (77)): 1–31.
Published: 01 September 2011
.... For example, MIX NYC, which bills itself as “the longestrunning lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender film festival in New York City and one of the foremost venues for experimental cinema in the world,” screened the film in 1990 as part of a program organized around black gay representation.30...
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Camera Obscura (2011) 25 (3 (75)): 143–177.
Published: 01 December 2011
... This paradigm of the “self as journey” — ­also adopted recently by the cinema scholar Catherine Russell — ­emphasizes the culturally constituted selfhood of the ethnographer as a site for critical reflection.14 However, the predominant understanding of autoethnography builds on Mary Louise Pratt’s use...
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Camera Obscura (1996) 13 (3 (39)): 4–33.
Published: 01 September 1996
... surgeries in Africa, creating conventional subjects of an anthropological gaze already well-known to Western viewers through ethnographic and documentary cinema and their popular and mainstream counterparts. Ethnography, as Claude Levi-Strauss defined it, represents "societies other than the one...
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Camera Obscura (2016) 31 (1 (91)): 175–185.
Published: 01 May 2016
... Project demonstrates the profound impact of digital production on the filming subjects as well as its sociopolitical implications. It asks for a paradigm shift in our theoretical understanding of digital cinema, moving from a focus on the indexicality of the image to a consideration of the plurality...
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Camera Obscura (1995) 12 (2 (35)): 129–157.
Published: 01 May 1995
... of subjectivity.V 136 Melodrama, in other words, may help to shift the discussion of Jap- anese cinema away from ethnographic essences, and onto a more properly historical plane in which ideological formations and tensions can be identified. Within the "chronopolitical" debates on premodern...
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Camera Obscura (2003) 18 (3 (54)): 119–129.
Published: 01 December 2003
...Eve Oishi Camera Obscura 2003 Eve Oishi is associate professor of women's studies at California State University, Long Beach. Her research is on Asian American, experimental, and queer film/video and literature. She is working on a book titled The Memory Village: Fakeness and the Family...
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Camera Obscura (2009) 24 (3 (72)): 111–151.
Published: 01 December 2009
.... These filmmakers became directors in art, documentary, ethnographic, experimental, and industrial cinema. Unlike their predecessors’, this postwar generation’s birth coincided with the birth and rise of auteurism, the resurgence of art and national cine- mas in Euro-American and other Westernized...
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Camera Obscura (2003) 18 (3 (54)): 71–97.
Published: 01 December 2003
... Edgar Anstey, quoted in Winston, Claiming the Real, 44. 13. See Fatimah Tobing Rony, The Third Eye: Race, Cinema, and Ethnographic Spectacle (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 1996). 14. Winston, Claiming the Real, 20. 15. Nancy Lutkehaus and Jenny Cool, “Paradigms Lost and Found...
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Camera Obscura (1992) 10 (1 (28)): 134–151.
Published: 01 January 1992
... representation. For ex- ample, in his 1975 article “Beyond Observational Cinema,” David MacDougall calls for an ethnographic film practice that is “a process of collaboration-the filmmaker combining the skills and sensibilities of the subjects with his [sic] own...
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Camera Obscura (2016) 31 (2 (92)): 61–91.
Published: 01 September 2016
...Sarah Kessler As an audiovisual medium rooted in processes of synchronization, film has sometimes been metaphorized as ventriloquism. At the levels of film genre and form, documentary cinema in particular has also been called ventriloquial, owing to its frequent emphasis on giving voice...
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Camera Obscura (2020) 35 (2 (104)): 125–157.
Published: 01 September 2020
... of cinema and white Western value systems, as LA Rebellion filmmaker Ben Caldwell described in a 2010 oral history interview published in the 2015 anthology L.A. Rebellion: Creating a New Black Cinema.2 The chal- lenge to conventional filmmaking and dominant value systems posed by this group of filmmakers...
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Camera Obscura (2014) 29 (1 (85)): 81–109.
Published: 01 May 2014
...Therese Davis The article looks at the contributions of writer and director Darlene Johnson to an emerging Australian Indigenous cinema. It discusses the ways in which Johnson draws on her experience as a young, urban Indigenous woman and her knowledge of Aboriginal culture to explore...
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Camera Obscura (2006) 21 (1 (61)): 1–25.
Published: 01 May 2006
... beyond a consideration of cinema alone to other media formations and institutions (television, music, photography, medical imaging, digital productions, and so on), both in relation to and in distinction from those of film. However, despite these changes and the varied political, theoretical...
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Camera Obscura (2009) 24 (2 (71)): 1–41.
Published: 01 September 2009
... Oriental sets. This aesthetic hierarchy repeats and abstracts the more explicit racial discourse of ethnographic spectacle, in which the fashion for non-European bodies in early cinema etched racist models of vision into the real- ist aesthetics of the everyday. Today, the same model...