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Camera Obscura (2017) 32 (3 (96)): 93–119.
Published: 01 December 2017
... Pictures/Photofest The Many Lives of Mr. Yunioshi: Yellowface and the Queer Buzz of Breakfast at Tiffany’s Melissa Phruksachart Much like its female protagonist Holly Golightly, Truman Capote’s 1958 novella Breakfast at Tiffany’s has led a chameleonic life. The narrative about...
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Published: 01 December 2021
Figure 1. Still from So Many Ideas Impossible to Do All (dir. Mark Street and Barbara Hammer, US, 2019) More
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Camera Obscura (2011) 25 (3 (75)): 101–141.
Published: 01 December 2011
.... The author argues that Vertigo is potentially many films, possibly about many of the issues attributed to it, but one that does not simply represent theoretical and philosophical points. It is a film that both transforms with new theoretical readings or filmic offshoots and questions these readings...
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Camera Obscura (2019) 34 (1 (100)): 113–137.
Published: 01 May 2019
...Brenda Longfellow Chantal Akerman’s last film, No Home Movie (Belgium/ France, 2015), a film that is now impossibly freighted with the news of her suicide, provides a poignant reflection on many of the themes and formal strategies that Akerman has employed throughout her storied career. Shot...
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Camera Obscura (2016) 31 (3 (93)): 1–2.
Published: 01 December 2016
...the Camera Obscura collective In honor of the journal's fortieth anniversary, this special issue of Camera Obscura considers theories and practices of collectivity. Camera Obscura has operated through a feminist editorial collective since its beginnings in the 1970s, a time when many forms...
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Camera Obscura (2016) 31 (1 (91)): 1–2.
Published: 01 May 2016
...the Camera Obscura collective In honor of the journal's fortieth anniversary, this special issue of Camera Obscura considers theories and practices of collectivity. Camera Obscura has operated through a feminist editorial collective since its beginnings in the 1970s, a time when many forms...
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Camera Obscura (2023) 38 (3 (114)): 203–212.
Published: 01 December 2023
... of so many provinces. They have massacred our people, they kidnapped many children, they sold girls as child brides to their men, they murdered a woman for her attire. . . . It is a humanitarian crisis, and yet the world is silent. . . . We need your voice. The media, governments, and the world...
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Camera Obscura (2010) 25 (1 (73)): 69–95.
Published: 01 May 2010
... of the analysis Blade Runner still deserves the qualifier canonical —as so many university courses presently attest—it will have less to do with the film's ability to be explained through the artifact of postmodern theory than it will with the film's serving as an index of the demise of the Oedipal relation...
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Camera Obscura (2010) 25 (1 (73)): 97–129.
Published: 01 May 2010
... masculine performance space was challenged both by the development of a clearer heterosexual/homosexual cultural binary and by the instability of patriarchal structures during the first half of the twentieth century. As such, a queering of fraternity materializes in many Laurel and Hardy films...
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Camera Obscura (2010) 25 (2 (74)): 1–39.
Published: 01 September 2010
...Mary Celeste Kearney Despite feminists' criticisms of “girl games'” gender essentialism in the 1990s, many contemporary manufacturers of children's goods are still relying on traditional gender norms to reach female youth. In an effort to better understand this phenomenon, this article focuses...
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Camera Obscura (2011) 25 (3 (75)): 29–67.
Published: 01 December 2011
.... Consequently, many aspects of this supposedly new aesthetic resemble cultural appropriation and cannibalization strategies that have been identified with colonial formations. Spectacular, Spectacular, Moulin Rouge! (dir. Baz Luhrmann, US/Australia, 2001) Bollywood in Drag: Moulin Rouge...
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Camera Obscura (2012) 27 (3 (81)): 169–179.
Published: 01 December 2012
..., that there are different bourgeoisies and different undergrounds and they can clash in many ways. Just as we still live with the heritage of May 1968 in Paris, in the experimental film world so too we still live with the aftermath of EXPRMNTL 4 in 1967 in the small town of Knokke. When the fifth edition of the festival...
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Camera Obscura (2013) 28 (1 (82)): 103–123.
Published: 01 May 2013
..., Catherine Malabou, Susan Buck-Morss, and others, I consider the many scenes of self-reference and disavowal in contemporary theory, with an eye on how and whether this autoimmune disorder can be superseded and on the elemental question that is again struck: What should criticism be? Alexander R...
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Camera Obscura (2013) 28 (3 (84)): 67–101.
Published: 01 December 2013
..., multidimensional site. Though often peripheral to the miniseries's major plot arcs, the female characters upend the interpretive authority of the voice-over. Their presence unsettles the voice-over's construction of a somewhat monolithic, omniscient, and in many ways melodramatic historical imagination...
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Camera Obscura (2013) 28 (2 (83)): 151–175.
Published: 01 September 2013
... to larger cultural movements focused on equating greater consumer choice with greater freedom. Most popular histories of these technologies portray them as being created primarily by and for men, but many of these technologies were actually pioneered by Pattie Maes, a professor at the Massachusetts...
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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 (2018) 33 (2 (98)): 69–103.
Published: 01 September 2018
... they do not seek to discard patriarchal social structures; rather, in the mode of anti-suffrage media, their presence ultimately works to reinforce these very hierarchies and endorse bourgeois respectability. Despite such tensions, many popular commemorations of Mary Poppins assume the film’s...
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Camera Obscura (2019) 34 (1 (100)): 1–11.
Published: 01 May 2019
... of the transnational feminist film culture that Akerman’s work in many ways epitomized. Acknowledging several of the publications, conferences, and curatorial efforts that memorialized Akerman after her death in 2015, the piece underscores collaboration as a feminist practice while introducing contributions...
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Camera Obscura (2019) 34 (1 (100)): 163–183.
Published: 01 May 2019
... and historiography. The authors are scholars, curators, and collaborators; some were her friends; many share several of these attributes. As organizers of the symposium, we asked them to shed light on the papers given on the occasion by returning to the theme of the difficulty of forgetting. Copyright © 2019...
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Camera Obscura (2020) 35 (1 (103)): 139–159.
Published: 01 May 2020
... we read the emergence of the “horror city” as a representation of the political unconscious of this historical conjuncture. Many films refer back to older mythologies of imperial and racial conquest, but also by doing so represent the symbol of modernity—the city—as travel back to a traumatic past...