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Camera Obscura (2015) 30 (3 (90)): 61–91.
Published: 01 December 2015
... imaginary and constitutes a contemporary horror subcycle wherein the well-worn idiom of trauma is replaced by more abstract and disembodied threats. In dialogue with Jean Comaroff and John L. Comaroff's concept of “occult economies,” this article explores the ways in which the franchise's found-footage...
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Camera Obscura (2003) 18 (1 (52)): 129–155.
Published: 01 May 2003
... the phantoms choose to cross the bridge, to paraphrase an intertitle from F. W. Murnau’s silent film Nosferatu: Eine Symphonie des Grauens [Nosferatu: A symphony of horror] (Germany, 1922), sometimes it is because they long for you. Watching the found ethnographic footage films Bontoc Eulogy (dir. Marlon...
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Camera Obscura (1997) 14 (1-2 (40-41)): 243–274.
Published: 01 May 1997
..., and the In a way which is comparable with the image of the alien in late twentieth-century culture75 the femme fatale expresses a “plethora of anxieties at once [and] . . . is a sign, a figure who crosses discourse boundaries . . . [being] found at the intersection of Western...
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Camera Obscura (2004) 19 (3 (57)): 57–91.
Published: 01 December 2004
...—the invention of video technology has made corporate media more accessible for repurposing. Dara Birnbaum is gener- ally credited as the pioneer of television appropriation in short- form video art with Technology/Transformation: Wonder Woman (US, 1978); subsequently “foundfootage has seen exponential...
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Camera Obscura (2003) 18 (1 (52)): 85–127.
Published: 01 May 2003
... through which AIDS-related structures of feeling around loss come to be articulated. It is, how- ever, manifested in different textual forms. Decodings and Aus der Ferne incorporate found footage from ephemeral and popular cinema, whereas Pensão Globo and Memento Mori appropriate Cin- emaScope...
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Camera Obscura (2022) 37 (2 (110)): 91–117.
Published: 01 September 2022
... and civilians inside Nanjing City. The International Military Tribunal for the Far East, known as the Tokyo Trial (May 1946–November 1948), found that at least two hundred thousand people were killed and approximately twenty thousand Chinese women were raped during the six weeks after the fall of Nanjing...
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Camera Obscura (2012) 27 (2 (80)): 93–133.
Published: 01 September 2012
... on the personal chronology of (a victim’s) belatedness (Nachträglichkeit). That is, the lm follows the course of the subject’s recognition of an earlier trauma, which is also Israel’s founding trauma. In Folman’s imagination, as the quest reveals, the earlier trauma has appropri- ated the later one.10...
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Camera Obscura (1976) 1 (1 (1)): 128–139.
Published: 01 May 1976
..., founded the Hamburg Film Co-op (no longer in existence), an attempt at independent distribution modelled on the American film co-ops. She is one of the remaining major figures of German experimental filmmaking: many of her generation have gone into political work and are no longer making films. Though...
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Camera Obscura (2002) 17 (1 (49)): 107–147.
Published: 01 May 2002
... the important place of the archive in the lesbian popular imaginary. The actual LHA inspires the same devotion that draws Cheryl to Fae Richards. Founded in 1974, the archives were first housed in the cramped quarters of Joan Nestle and Deborah Edel’s Upper West Side apartment, and stories of visits...
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Camera Obscura (1997) 14 (1-2 (40-41)): 75–102.
Published: 01 May 1997
...; the government, as a strange attractor for paranoid fantasies and cynical denials, therefore must appear 60th incompetent, “idiots” on Capitol Hill, and sinister, agen- cies that will stop at nothing to conceal the lies that found our national and individual identities. To be “normal...
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Camera Obscura (1988) 6 (2 (17)): 112–132.
Published: 01 May 1988
..., “of dividing up the flicker of the motion picture by adding blades to the then single bladed shutter. He tried this out and found that by multiplying the flicker in fact he eliminated it in effect. The resulting betterment of projection was extraordinary.” Ramsaye draws the obvious conclusion: “So...
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Camera Obscura (2016) 31 (2 (92)): 119–147.
Published: 01 September 2016
... and faces in reproduced family snapshots, in newspaper clippings, and in graphic news footage of the found bodies. These low-­resolution, grainy, and distorted images that unpredictably but insistently surface throughout the documen- tary appear in varying states of textual decomposition...
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Camera Obscura (2001) 15 (3 (45)): 195–225.
Published: 01 December 2001
...) and alien- (other) focused suspicions. In fact, in a para- noid gesture, any radical externalization of alienation suffices to salve momentarily the discomfort with identity instability, and so the alien may be found conspiratorially within (in governmental...
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Camera Obscura (1977) 1 (2 (2)): 34–49.
Published: 01 September 1977
... of earlier musical 42 thinking, that Schoenberg recalls Brecht's ability to transform historical materials into uncompromisingly modern challenges to entrenched ways of thinking. A kind ofcipher of this 'community of interest' (Brecht, Schoenberg, Straub I Huillet) can be found...
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Camera Obscura (1986) 5 (3 (15)): 86–109.
Published: 01 December 1986
... angst into extravagant scenarios, we have been served up an outerspace ghoulie to match the proper paranoia of the day-A lien! Despite its contemporary iconography, Alien hearkens back to the malignant conception of unearthly life found in fifties science fiction, during another...
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Camera Obscura (2001) 16 (1 (46)): 143–179.
Published: 01 May 2001
... in which it both surpasses and reproduces the narrative themes and ideological effects found in the larger filmic context. Massood writes about the artistic and industrial similarities among such films as Straight Out of Brooklyn (dir. Matty Rich, 1994...
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Camera Obscura (2016) 31 (2 (92)): 61–91.
Published: 01 September 2016
... Charlie McCarthy. Relatedly, in his autobiography, Who’s the Dummy Now? (2008), Terry Fator (or his ghostwriter) writes about how his father found his ventriloquism queer and how he literally closeted his dummy as a result.30 Ventriloquism is too bla- tant a form of triangulation to be normal...
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Camera Obscura (2003) 18 (1 (52)): 157–187.
Published: 01 May 2003
... Welles feeds his guilt, anxiety, and self-hatred by searching out new instances of betrayal, heartbreak, and horror. When Amy Welles asks her husband why he took a job he found distasteful, he explains that “Senator Michaelson has powerful friends.” Welles discovers disagreeable truths for important...
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Camera Obscura (1996) 13 (3 (39)): 52–76.
Published: 01 September 1996
... by avoiding trouble. Ali was different; he found a gospel and he lived by it, whatever the cost to his reputation or to the job he so loved. When We Were Kings recalls a time, not so long ago, when an athlete could be a renegade hero, not of the self, but of the soul Ali was markedly...
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Camera Obscura (2014) 29 (1 (85)): 81–109.
Published: 01 May 2014
... is also inflected with Johnson’s sensibility and speaks to her personal story. Her style involves adopting the adventure-­search narrative and using special effects typically found in the horror/slasher and supernatural genres — the film styles she loved as a child. As a story about a man who has...