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Camera Obscura (2008) 23 (2 (68)): 103–139.
Published: 01 September 2008
... with suffering. Walk on Water 's protagonist, a Mossad assassin, attempts to bask in the suffering of at least three groups as the film unfolds: Israelis as victims of Palestinian terror, Jews as victims of the Nazis, and queers as victims of homophobia. None of these moments, however, make him cry. Rather...
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Camera Obscura (2008) 23 (2 (68)): 141–166.
Published: 01 September 2008
... enables this essay to then focus specifically on gay Chinese melodramatic cinema. The conventions of Chinese melodramatic mise-en-scène offer moments of excess or hyperbole that the gay romance melodramas rely on to confront the question of gay sexuality in Chinese society. Li-Kong Hsu and Chi Yin's...
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Camera Obscura (2011) 25 (3 (75)): 1–27.
Published: 01 December 2011
... in relation to this decisive moment in the transition to neoliberalism in Britain, recognizing its sympathy for the miners as well as the ideological limitations to that sympathy generated by the focus on Billy's trajectory out of his class and toward the metropolis. That trajectory is symbolically freighted...
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Camera Obscura (2011) 26 (3 (78)): 95–135.
Published: 01 December 2011
... in the present about the “impoverished” tableaus of sexploitation films is the shunted melancholia of obsolescence. Sexploitation maintains a hold on contemporary viewers precisely through the films' constriction by history, by their seeming containment within their own historical moment and inability...
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Camera Obscura (2011) 26 (3 (78)): 155–165.
Published: 01 December 2011
..., serves silent films as a medium that links the films of the past with the present moment. Using Orochi (dir. Buntaro Futagawa, Japan, 1925) as an example, Sawato reveals that she personally disagrees with the male-centered values expressed in the film and finds the binary oppositions of good and evil too...
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Camera Obscura (2012) 27 (3 (81)): 69–98.
Published: 01 December 2012
... simultaneously promoting her image of eternal adolescence. Throughout Durbin's career, the standardization of playback as a means of producing Hollywood musical numbers guaranteed that viewers would always be reminded of the time of the music's recording, a moment exposed in her early films in which Durbin...
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Camera Obscura (2013) 28 (1 (82)): 37–67.
Published: 01 May 2013
... Woolf's modernist “moment of being”; the performativity of gender and kinship (Judith Butler, Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick); and theories of queer time and affect (Judith Halberstam, Elizabeth Freeman, Lauren Berlant). These readings probe The Hours 's return to mediated cultural ideals of white conjugal...
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Camera Obscura (2013) 28 (1 (82)): 125–133.
Published: 01 May 2013
... and alternative exhibition scenarios realized feminist ideals during an immensely formative moment for feminist media. The essay concludes by attempting to assess WMM's unique position in independent film. Brochure for Chelsea Picture Station workshop, 20 November 1972. Photo (right) by Susan Meiselas...
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Camera Obscura (2015) 30 (2 (89)): 55–87.
Published: 01 September 2015
... the phenomenon of phantom limb pain—becomes especially suggestive for charting how Cukor's film contests established notions of doing gender and the body. By revealing—at precisely those moments when conventional gender expression is presumably reestablished—that the able body's contours extend beyond its...
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Camera Obscura (2015) 30 (2 (89)): 157–187.
Published: 01 September 2015
... of a synchronic analysis of affect and ontology. This article argues that the analysis of a particular passion, coalescing in a series of moments in a single star text, offers a way to reconcile these divergent theoretical models. Matt Tierney , PhD, is assistant professor of English at Penn State...
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Camera Obscura (2015) 30 (3 (90)): 27–59.
Published: 01 December 2015
... Boy , the male hero walks out of the Chosun Government-General Building and passes the camera. On-screen, as the hero exits from view, the colonial building gradually looms large behind him—beautifully reconstructed in the center of the city, with its iconic aura fully retrieved. At this moment...
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Camera Obscura (2016) 31 (3 (93)): 5–33.
Published: 01 December 2016
... impacted feminist organizing in Canada. The author argues that the lack of primary and secondary records of these collectives represents a significant gap in historical memory on several levels, signaling the forgetting of a moment when technology, public broadcasting, and feminist activism merged. As both...
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Camera Obscura (2017) 32 (1 (94)): 167–177.
Published: 01 May 2017
.... Her films are aesthetically distinct in the context of the formal histories of social documentary in India, which emerged at a moment of political crisis and subsequently came to be associated with instrumental use in education, advocacy, and public address. For Vohra, the textual stability...
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Camera Obscura (2017) 32 (2 (95)): 185–192.
Published: 01 September 2017
... the usual flow of information between the player and their player-character. In this text-based Twine game, players assume the role of an unnamed, unknown “you” as you spend a final moment with your lover. Made for the prompt “Ten Seconds,” its most notable feature is an omnipresent ten-second timer. When...
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Camera Obscura (2015) 30 (1 (88)): 41–69.
Published: 01 May 2015
...Michael Litwack How can we understand television's pervasive ideology of liveness at a moment in which the medium increasingly invests in the vital capacities of individuals and populations? This article approaches this question by looking at the imbrication of televisual liveness and a perhaps...
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Camera Obscura (2015) 30 (1 (88)): 155–183.
Published: 01 May 2015
...Pier Dominguez This article examines Bravo's Real Housewives franchise (2006–) to theorize the aesthetic, affective, and performance qualities of docusoap televisuality. It argues that the franchise functions through a financial and affective economy of “money shots,” or moments of predictably...
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Camera Obscura (2019) 34 (2): 195–207.
Published: 01 September 2019
... specifically positioned as an artifact of our contemporary moment in technology and culture, addressing some of the more widely held assumptions about selfies and selfie culture today. Copyright © 2019 Camera Obscura 2019 Anne Collier selfie Woman with a Camera mirror photography appropriation...
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Camera Obscura (2018) 33 (3 (99)): 1–19.
Published: 01 December 2018
... study for considering women’s filmmaking in neoliberal times because of its centrality to the development of feminist film theory at an earlier historical moment in the 1970s. Reframing the history of the West German feminist film movement, the introduction considers the unfolding of new practices...
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Camera Obscura (2020) 35 (1 (103)): 109–137.
Published: 01 May 2020
... to the story, alongside the comedic characterology in Whiskey Tango Foxtrot , the article underscores how ethical whiteness is tightly bound up with the death drive but in a way that destroys through the empathetic dimension. Analyzing these widely circulated visual moments of “ethical whiteness” exposes...
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Camera Obscura (1990) 8 (3 (24)): 98–124.
Published: 01 September 1990
...Raymond Bellow Copyright © 1991 by The Johns Hopkins University Press 1990 Persona (Ingmar Bergman, 1966) The Film Stilled Raymond Bellour If ever I say to a fleeing moment: “Stay, beautiful moment, don’t pass away!” then you can...