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Camera Obscura (2021) 36 (3 (108)): 61–83.
Published: 01 December 2021
..., which is undoubtedly, given the evolution of women's position in today's society, different from the femininity of . . . a damsel from a remote, quiet country manor.” 18 Smosarska's role in Prosecutor Alicja Horn can be compared to the female figures in early Hollywood productions, which...
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Camera Obscura (1984) 4 (3 (12)): 66–85.
Published: 01 December 1984
...Dana Polan © 1984 by Camera Obscura 1984 ‘ ‘Desire Shifts the DZferance’’ : Figural Poetics and Figural Politics in the Film Theory of Marie-Claire Ropars Dana Polan Polymorphous and perverse the cinema explodes the sign...
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Camera Obscura (1990) 8 (3 (24)): 11–45.
Published: 01 September 1990
...D.N. Rodowick Copyright © 1991 by The Johns Hopkins University Press 1990 Reading the Figural D .N.Rodowick A day will come when, by means of similitude relayed indefinitely along the length of a series, the image...
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Camera Obscura (1984) 4 (3 (12)): 130–143.
Published: 01 December 1984
...Lynne Kirby Linda Williams (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1981) © 1984 by Camera Obscura 1984 L'Age d'Or (Luis Bunuel, 1930) Book Reviews Figures of Desire: A Theory and Analysis of Surrealist Film by Linda WiUzams (Urbana: University of Iiiinois Press, 1981) Lynne...
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Camera Obscura (2022) 37 (1 (109)): 115–147.
Published: 01 May 2022
... enjoyment. On the narrative level, the capitalist‐patriarchal discourse is incarnated in double complementary figures, both male and female. The male couple consists of a traditional fatherly moralizing figure and a modern mute solipsist, who is also a sexual predator. The female one is constructed out...
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Camera Obscura (2009) 24 (3 (72)): 73–109.
Published: 01 December 2009
... is a figure for recasting the problematic of racial alterity as a materialist concern. Relying on Walter Benjamin's formulations on allegory as a privileged mode of representation under conditions of modernity, the author argues that alterity straddles the boundary between the corporeal and the ideational...
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Camera Obscura (2010) 25 (1 (73)): 29–67.
Published: 01 May 2010
... of the infamous photos of Abu Ghraib, investigates the frame that creates the figure of the “cluster fuck”—a hopeless entanglement of sexualized yet inept forces—that proves the most eloquent figure of the American entanglement in Iraq. Morris's film can help us discover the difference between a frame...
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Camera Obscura (2011) 26 (2 (77)): 33–63.
Published: 01 September 2011
...Kevin L. Ferguson Connecting the two unlikely figures of Marilyn Monroe and Darth Vader, this article argues that air might offer a previously ignored alternative to the chthonic narratives of sexual reproduction that are especially popular in the psychoanalytic imagination. Borrowing from Luce...
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Camera Obscura (2012) 27 (1 (79)): 97–125.
Published: 01 May 2012
... policy governing cinematic nudity. Long thought to be lost (and the only one of her four films currently extant), the film features Munson in a dual role as the allegorical figure of “Virtue” and as a young woman who becomes an artists' model. She poses nude in scenes throughout the film. Accordingly...
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Camera Obscura (2012) 27 (1 (79)): 157–191.
Published: 01 May 2012
... overlooked, the controversial 1991 film María Antonia (Cuba), by Afro-Cuban filmmaker Sergio Giral. In this article, I first follow the transatlantic figure of Carmen from Spain to Spanish America, sharing unexpected Creole connections between Cuba and the original works of Carmen that emerged in the course...
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Camera Obscura (2014) 29 (3 (87)): 1–31.
Published: 01 December 2014
... Wen], Hong Kong, 1957), which introduced to Chinese-language cinema the figure of the carefree singing and dancing teenager. The figure she cuts in the film, and in many other of her vehicles, is sunny to the point of relentlessness and wholesome and upright to the point of unbelievability...
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Camera Obscura (2019) 34 (2): 103–131.
Published: 01 September 2019
... ago. This article discusses why Arendt remains such a divisive figure and why her intellectual legacy is still so unsettling, particularly for Zionists. The essay examines how these issues are represented, negotiated, and problematized in Margarethe von Trotta’s film Hannah Arendt (Germany/ Luxembourg...
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Camera Obscura (2020) 35 (2 (104)): 63–93.
Published: 01 September 2020
...Liam Mitchell Female figures routinely appear in popular fiction as ostensibly critical correctives to masculinity who can inadvertently retrench problematic divisions between “Woman” and “Man.” In video games, these figures are often aural rather than visual; whether they are off-screen narrators...
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Camera Obscura (2023) 38 (1 (112)): 31–53.
Published: 01 May 2023
... of cinephilia; Akerman's complex relation to her own cinematic becoming and cinema's historiography; and the distinct temporality and duration of cinema produced by and for the figure of the girl. The article demonstrates that in Akerman's filmmaking, the figure of girl as cinéfille is not a position...
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Camera Obscura (2023) 38 (2 (113)): 119–143.
Published: 01 September 2023
...Nandini Sikand Abstract This essay links the historical figure of Phoolan Devi, infamously known as the “Bandit Queen,” a vigilante and the subject of several articles, news stories, books, and a biopic, with the more recent figure of Jyoti Singh Pandey, the victim of a brutal gang rape in 2012...
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Camera Obscura (2015) 30 (3 (90)): 93–127.
Published: 01 December 2015
... and brings it closer to the subject, who experiences its closeness as enigmatic or distressing. By bringing things closer, however, it also brings them closer together, compacting them into strange and novel figures. Magnification has its cinematic analogue in the close-up, while compaction can be visually...
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Camera Obscura (2008) 23 (1 (67)): 47–67.
Published: 01 May 2008
...Michael DeAngelis With Russell Crowe character attributes that might code the star as a narcissistic diva are recontextualized, constructing an authentic figure whose occasional acting out enhances his masculinity rather than feminizing him. This article contrasts the notion of the performer...
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Camera Obscura (2023) 38 (3 (114)): 141–171.
Published: 01 December 2023
...Zara Dinnen Abstract This essay considers the figure of the “user” as an emergent subject of late twentieth‐century US culture, in relation to the World Wide Web and the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act. The user is a subject position that is historical in the sense that use relations have...
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Camera Obscura (2011) 25 (3 (75)): 29–67.
Published: 01 December 2011
...,” viewers and critics are unaware of the extent to which the film draws on Bollywood's affective economy, generic idioms, and performance traditions. Few would recognize that the heroine Satine's transformation from conniving showgirl to tragic heroine recalls the tawaif (courtesan) figure in popular Hindi...
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Camera Obscura (2011) 25 (3 (75)): 143–177.
Published: 01 December 2011
.... The article concludes by arguing that Born into Brothels puts to work the immaterial or affective labor of children in the production of cultural commodities as a humane and “empowering” alternative to coerced sex work. This move to mobilize the child as a new figure of economic promise indicates the vexed...