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Camera Obscura (1988) 6 (2 (17)): 169–193.
Published: 01 May 1988
...Henry Jenkins, III “Going Bonkers Children, Play and Pee-wee Henry Jenkins 111 We’ve watched them gaping at the screen. They loll and slop and lounge about, and stare until their eyes pop out. . . . They sit and stare and stare and sit until they’re hypnotized by it...
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Camera Obscura (1992) 10 (3 (30)): 92–111.
Published: 01 May 1992
...Phillip Brian Harper Copyright © 1992 by Indiana University Press 1992 Dressed to Kill (Brian De Palma, 1980) Playing in the Dark: Privacy, Public Sex, and the Erotics of the Cinema Venue Phillip Brian Harper I. Toilet Public sex loomed large in the popular consciousness in...
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Camera Obscura (2017) 32 (2 (95)): 175–183.
Published: 01 September 2017
...Dietrich Squinkifer Coffee: A Misunderstanding is a mobile device–assisted interactive play that explores a fan/creator relationship and the many twists and turns such a relationship can take. The two protagonists, always played by audience members, are Twitter acquaintances who first meet in...
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Camera Obscura (2010) 25 (2 (74)): 75–117.
Published: 01 September 2010
...Laura Horak The commercial success of Elinor Glyn's 1927 film It has obscured the fact that, throughout her career until this point, Glyn had promoted a significantly different sexual ideology. In a remarkable array of novels, plays, lectures, interviews, editorials, and advice manuals, Glyn had...
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Camera Obscura (2010) 25 (2 (74)): 119–159.
Published: 01 September 2010
...Jennifer Peterson A growing body of scholarly work has focused on the role of cities—and, to a lesser degree, the suburbs—in post–World War II American film. Less attention has been paid to rural and wilderness locations, but, in fact, they played an important role in the melodramas of the period...
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Camera Obscura (2013) 28 (3 (84)): 125–157.
Published: 01 December 2013
...David A. Gerstner This article presents a study of Philippe Vallois's 1976 gay film Johan: Mon été 75 , the only French film from the period that directly and explicitly represents gay male sexuality and its urban milieu, Paris. Johan tells the story of a filmmaker (played by Vallois) who intends...
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Camera Obscura (2015) 30 (2 (89)): 1–27.
Published: 01 September 2015
... African American music. To unpack these connections, BREAKAWAY is analyzed in the context of two contemporary films in which Basil played significant roles: The T.A.M.I. Show (dir. Steve Binder, US, 1964), a groundbreaking concert film that signaled a new era of on-screen racial integration, and the...
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Camera Obscura (2015) 30 (3 (90)): 161–187.
Published: 01 December 2015
... that mediation plays in this so-called cinema of immediacy. Furthermore, this missed encounter between the films of the NFE and the critical discourse about them raises a larger set of questions regarding the status of theory in the field of contemporary film studies, particularly in the dialectical...
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Camera Obscura (2016) 31 (3 (93)): 177–183.
Published: 01 December 2016
... experiences in her art practice and building on the tradition of artists who play with the construction of identity. Radha May's work explores forgotten and hidden histories, peripheral sites, and feminine myths. The interview explores her latest project, When the Towel Drops, Volume 1, Italy (2015), which...
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Camera Obscura (2017) 32 (3 (96)): 1–31.
Published: 01 December 2017
.... Modern Family ’s adaptations of sitcom narrativity allow it to advance its progressive ambitions, while the program also plays with the humor of gay stereotypes ultimately to demolish binary assumptions of queer political identity. To read a sitcom through a political lens of conservatism versus...
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Camera Obscura (2017) 32 (3 (96)): 93–119.
Published: 01 December 2017
...Melissa Phruksachart This article studies Breakfast at Tiffany’s (dir. Blake Edwards, US, 1961) to examine the constitutive role Mickey Rooney’s yellowface performance of Mr. Yunioshi plays in shoring up the infamous brand of white femininity embodied by Audrey Hepburn’s Holly Golightly. In...
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Camera Obscura (2016) 31 (1 (91)): 65–91.
Published: 01 May 2016
...Alla Ivanchikova This article offers a reading of two recent feature films, Jonathan Mostow's Surrogates (US, 2009) and Spike Jonze's Her (US, 2013), as allegories of the tensions inherent in our collective relation with machines, examining the role technology plays in the constitution of...
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Camera Obscura (2016) 31 (2 (92)): 119–147.
Published: 01 September 2016
... constructed justice. Together, these films encourage us to revisit debates about feminist postcolonial ethics in transnational documentary. How might one share the emotional intensity of the other ethically, without projecting a false similarity? What role does a bicultural and bilingual woman filmmaker play...
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Camera Obscura (2015) 30 (1 (88)): 1–9.
Published: 01 May 2015
...Lynne Joyrich; Misha Kavka; Brenda R. Weber This introduction to the special issue “Project Reality TV” interrogates, while also playing with, some of TV's forms and conventions, particularly those of the “preshow special” and the interview format. Borrowing from this format, it explores key issues...
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Camera Obscura (2010) 25 (2 (74)): 1–39.
Published: 01 September 2010
... male-dominated activities. This study explores the design and marketing of Daisy Rock Girl Guitars and Mattel's Barbie Wireless Video Camcorder, two early examples of this unique category of consumer electronics. Since men have historically dominated both filmmaking and electric guitar playing, these...
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Camera Obscura (2011) 26 (1 (76)): 65–93.
Published: 01 May 2011
... spectatorship and the multiplicity of gazes at play in the making of this authenticity. Specifically, the tape illuminates the reflexive constitution of an authentic black masculinity via the white female gaze while further revealing pornography's investment in the imaging and imagining of a genuine black...
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Camera Obscura (2012) 27 (1 (79)): 97–125.
Published: 01 May 2012
...Cynthia Chris In 1916, a celebrated artists' model named Audrey Munson appeared in her second film, Purity . Munson's film career and the film itself are little known. This essay shows that this particular film played a role, heretofore unacknowledged, in the development of National Board of Review...
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Camera Obscura (2012) 27 (1 (79)): 127–155.
Published: 01 May 2012
...Kristen Hatch This essay explores the role that men played — as costars and fans — in Shirley Temple's film career, arguing that Temple's stardom stood at the juncture of two paradigms. It was built upon the fairly stable understanding that male child loving signified men's discipline and restraint...
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Camera Obscura (2012) 27 (3 (81)): 159–167.
Published: 01 December 2012
...-sponsored event, LUNAFEST poses significant problems that should concern any teacher worried about corporate influence in educational institutions. As LUNAFEST increases its campus presence, an analysis of the role it plays in students' education is critical. Figure . Luna’s instruction manual requires...
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Camera Obscura (2014) 29 (2 (86)): 85–117.
Published: 01 September 2014
... that these women's performances played crucial roles in orchestrating transitions in industrial film form. Focusing on a comparison between the French Pathé and American Vitagraph companies, I examine the variety of techniques deployed to try to rationalize or contain the unruly bodily gestures of...