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Published: 01 September 2022
Figure 1. The picture of Xia Shuqin taken by John Magee, 1937. Courtesy of Chris Magee More
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Camera Obscura (2021) 36 (1 (106)): 155–185.
Published: 01 May 2021
...Matt St. John Abstract This article explores the Instagram activities of Agnès Varda and her Visages Villages ( Faces Places , France, 2017) codirector JR to consider the role of social media in the film's theatrical release and awards campaign, which led to the film's nomination for Best...
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Camera Obscura (1994) 11-12 (3-1 (33-34)): 42–75.
Published: 01 May 1994
...,” Boxed In: Women and Television, eds. Helen Baehr and Gillian Dyer (London and New York: Pandora Press, 1987) 203-225. 35. As of 1993, men were cited as holding most of the executive positions at Lifetime. See John Dempsey, “Lifetime Cable: Sugar or Spice?” Va- riety 24 May 1993...
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Camera Obscura (2003) 18 (1 (52)): 1–33.
Published: 01 May 2003
..., “On Reading Poetry: Reflections on the Limits and Possibilities of Psychoanalytic Approaches,” in The Purloined Poe: Lacan, Derrida, and Psychoanalytic Reading, ed. John P. Muller and William J. Richardson (Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1988), 133–56. 3. Eve...
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Camera Obscura (2016) 31 (1 (91)): 5–25.
Published: 01 May 2016
...Corinn Columpar This article explores the role of collaboration, embodiment, and performance in John Cameron Mitchell's Shortbus (US, 2006). It takes its cue from a particularly provocative scene in the film in which a former New York City mayor suggests that it is New Yorkers' “permeability...
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Camera Obscura (2018) 33 (2 (98)): 69–103.
Published: 01 September 2018
... in Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman’s song “Sister Suffragette,” highlights some of the most significant and problematic pro-suffrage tactics developed in Britain and the US. It also reveals the characterization of Mrs. Banks (Glynis Johns) to be deeply influenced by misogynistic anti-suffrage...
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Camera Obscura (2020) 35 (1 (103)): 109–137.
Published: 01 May 2020
...Moon Charania This article looks at two controversial war films— Eye in the Sky (dir. Gavin Hood, UK/South Africa, 2015) and Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (dir. Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, US, 2016)—both of which feature white female protagonists as conflicted but central participants in the racialized...
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Camera Obscura (2020) 35 (1 (103)): 139–159.
Published: 01 May 2020
.... Yet within this return to history, there is a contest over allegory. Contrasting neoconservative narratives of films like The Road (dir. John Hillcoat, US, 2009) and the slasher film Hostel (dir. Eli Roth, US/Germany/Czech Republic/Slovakia/Iceland, 2005) suggests that the future has not vanished...
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Camera Obscura (2020) 35 (2 (104)): 95–123.
Published: 01 September 2020
...Serdar Küçük The following article investigates the origins and functions of particular settings in queer films by examining four examples from different national contexts: Shortbus (dir. John Cameron Mitchell, US, 2006), Weekend (dir. Andrew Haigh, UK, 2011), Stranger by the Lake ( L’inconnu du...
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Camera Obscura (2017) 32 (2 (95)): 63–87.
Published: 01 September 2017
...Joy McEntee Charles S. Young and Susan L. Carruthers describe John Frankenheimer's The Manchurian Candidate (US, 1962) as a prisoner-of-war film. This article argues that, as such, it stages the responses of its male protagonists to trauma. Focusing on weeping, the article examines...
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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 (2010) 25 (2 (74)): 119–159.
Published: 01 September 2010
.... This article focuses on one of the most commercially successful Hollywood films of 1946, John M. Stahl's Leave Her to Heaven, arguing that the film's spectacular Technicolor landscapes function as a melodramatic device for mediating ambivalence about the social role of women at that time. In this film, scenes...
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Camera Obscura (2013) 28 (3 (84)): 67–101.
Published: 01 December 2013
...Jill Richards Critics of Berlin Alexanderplatz (WDR, West Germany, 1980) most often focus on the extended love plot between Franz (Günther Lamprecht) and Reinhold (Gottfried John). This focus is not surprising, given that the vexed relationship between Rainer Werner Fassbinder's leading men...
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Camera Obscura (2022) 37 (3 (111)): 115–143.
Published: 01 December 2022
..., to produce discontinuous and immaterial forms of life, and, in so doing, to challenge dominant notions of embodiment and wholeness. Drawing on contemporary work in disability theory as well as the writings of John Berger, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, and Gilles Deleuze, the author offers a reading of these films...
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Published: 01 September 2021
Figure 9. Water Light/Water Needle (1966). St. Mark's Church in-the-Bowery, New York. Photograph by John Weber More
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Camera Obscura (2015) 30 (3 (90)): 1–25.
Published: 01 December 2015
...John Belton This essay looks at the relationship between the two narrative registers of Max Ophüls's Lola Montès (France, 1955)—the staging of circus attractions in the present and the repeated flashbacks to the past—in terms of the way in which the circus exploits Lola's associations...
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Camera Obscura (1993) 11 (1 (31)): 71–95.
Published: 01 May 1993
...John Mowitt Copyright © 1993 by Indiana University Press 1993 Sembene Ousmane’s Xala: Postcoloniality and Foreign Film Languages John Mowitt Though this paper focuses on the textual analysis of a specific film- Sembene’s Xala (“temporary impotence” in Wo1of...
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Camera Obscura (1990) 8 (2 (23)): 132–147.
Published: 01 May 1990
...John Fiske Popular Narrative and Commercial Television John Fiske Let me begin with five instances within my recent, somewhat channel- happy television viewing: 1. On America’s Most Wanted a crime is reconstructed using both actors and the “real” people actually involved...
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Camera Obscura (2011) 26 (2 (77)): 65–89.
Published: 01 September 2011
...Karen Orr Vered; John McConchie Inspired by a review of the political theories of Anthony Giddens, particularly his question of whether or not there can be a Third Way politics of family, this essay examines the TV show Supernanny as an example of what we call “Third Way TV.” Tracing the program's...
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Camera Obscura (2012) 27 (2 (80)): 145–153.
Published: 01 September 2012
...John Greyson This article presents case studies of two recent Toronto actions protesting Israeli apartheid, as seen through queer eyes: the 2009 Toronto Declaration, a petition with thousands of signatures that condemned the Toronto International Film Festival's (TIFF) collaboration...