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Camera Obscura (2022) 37 (1 (109)): 91–113.
Published: 01 May 2022
... Immanuel Kant to Julia Kristeva to Sianne Ngai—have long understood seduction and disgust as intricately bound. The reception of Rist's work shows that the pretty and the gross in fact share many formal characteristics, and that desire and disgust often go hand in hand. watlingtonemily@gmail.com...
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Camera Obscura (2009) 24 (2 (71)): 1–41.
Published: 01 September 2009
...Rosalind Galt This article contends that film studies has consistently denigrated “pretty” images: those that emphasize detailed composition, excess color, or decorative style. While the term deliberately invokes the triviality of “pretty pictures,” the article questions this taken-for-granted...
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Camera Obscura (2000) 15 (1 (43)): 123–161.
Published: 01 May 2000
... prostitute (and model for Rodeo Drive fashions) in Pretty Woman (1990), Janet Leigh flails in Psycho’s shower sequence (1960), Greta Garbo falls through the ice in the final scenes of Love (1927), and Vivien Leigh returns to Tara.2 Mapping the nature...
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Camera Obscura (1995) 12 (3 (36)): 12–31.
Published: 01 September 1995
..., example of the toy industry’s utilization of the popularity of hair play and dolls for Black girls is the marketing of Tyco’s Sparkle Pretty Kenya and her sister Baby Kiana. 19 Like Black Barbie and the Shani line, Sparkle Pretty Kenya and Baby Kiana were designed to tap into the newly...
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Camera Obscura (2006) 21 (2 (62)): 32–73.
Published: 01 September 2006
... in the Department of English at the University of Nevada, Reno. Senay and Señor Juan’s transaction in Dirty Pretty Things (dir. Stephen Frears, UK, 2002). Courtesy Miramax/Photofest The Intimacies of Globalization: Bodies and Borders On-Screen Emily S. Davis Do you know what it’s like...
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Camera Obscura (2019) 34 (3): 1–29.
Published: 01 December 2019
... cloth- ing. Da-die then asks, with a puzzled expression, You are a young girl, why don t you dress yourself up a bit? He further explains: Young Dai ethnic women are most passionate about being pretty. The silence that follows and the close-up shots of Li Chun s slow body movement and contemplative...
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Camera Obscura (1990) 8 (2 (23)): 206.
Published: 01 May 1990
... of North Carolina Press, 1985) and Horrible Prettiness: Burlesque and Amer- ican Culture (University of North Carolina Press, 1991). Mary Carbine received her MA in Communication Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has worked for the Film and Photo Archive...
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Camera Obscura (2010) 25 (2 (74)): 173–181.
Published: 01 September 2010
... that before. The interesting part is trying to use the available language in a way that’s appropriate to the content and the goals of the par- ticular project. So if you took out all of the performance scenes, Maquilapolis  would be a pretty conventional documentary. Each individual scene doesn’t do...
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Camera Obscura (1990) 8 (2 (23)): 42–69.
Published: 01 May 1990
... with their horrible prettiness. .’912 Howells’s bewilderment at the oxymoronic incongruity of burlesque was echoed by other commentators that summer, among them Richard Grant White, who began his sardonically subtle attack on burlesque in the August issue of Galaxy by saying...
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Camera Obscura (1996) 13 (2 (38)): 161–186.
Published: 01 May 1996
... exactly? Significantly, Ballin's play upon "swimming" implicates all three characters: Ballin: johnny, you'll have to teach me how. johnny: How to what? Ballin: Swim. What else? johnny: Sure. Anytime. Ballin: Apparently you're pretty good at it. johnny: Pretty good. Ballin: Did you...
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Camera Obscura (1995) 12 (3 (36)): 118–133.
Published: 01 September 1995
..., it’s like it’s not really there, like it isn’t real, as if I imagined what I know is real. So I couldn’t just let the story of my ancestors dangle out there. I think I might have been hoping that the implication of my physical presence validated their spiritual presence. Pretty arrogant. SM...
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Camera Obscura (1997) 14 (1-2 (40-41)): 4–14.
Published: 01 May 1997
... had recently been at war with Japan, and that people would conse- quently have had a pretty clear idea of what that country’s citizens looked like. Perhaps more to the point, however, the US Supreme Court had recently decided Korematsu u. United States (323 US 214 [ 1944 a case significant...
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Camera Obscura (2020) 35 (3 (105)): 116–131.
Published: 01 December 2020
..., glitched super agents, a scheming cor- poration, and a corrupt government. The plot is pretty dense, and so is the film s form, sitting somewhere between porn, video games, and video art. Would you add anything to that formal description? FLUIDØ is virus, sex, hack, drug, and conspiracy. Promoted...
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Camera Obscura (2007) 22 (2 (65)): 154–157.
Published: 01 September 2007
... school with Hole’s raging feminist punk debut, Pretty on the Inside (Caroline Records, 1991), Camera Obscura 65, Volume 22, Number 2 doi 10.1215/02705346-2007-012  © 2007 by Camera Obscura Published by Duke University Press 154 Star Hole  •  155...
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Camera Obscura (2008) 23 (1 (67)): 160–164.
Published: 01 May 2008
..., 1968) era, and I think it’s important that that film wasn’t my introduction to your star image (I still love the costumes, though). Although I’d like to claim that I first discovered you in Klute (dir. Alan J. Pakula, US, 1971), I’m pretty sure it was your role as the stunning...
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Camera Obscura (1990) 8 (1 (22)): 28–49.
Published: 01 January 1990
... elements of love scenes were true to life: 1. Men fall in love with women because of their pretty faces, hair and clothes. 2. Women fall in love with men because they are tall, dark and handsome. 3. If a girl is pretty, she can make a man happy regardless of her...
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Camera Obscura (2021) 36 (2 (107)): 129–133.
Published: 01 September 2021
... was more up my alley: she pretty much left the performers to their own devices, giving us tacit permission to exploit our exhibitionist inclinations and run amok amid the piles of crumpled newspapers littering the floor, an experience that for me was a pleasurable relief from the structured idiosyncrasies...
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Camera Obscura (2004) 19 (1 (55)): 1–41.
Published: 01 May 2004
...- larly, the Economist asked: “Would a black man who had pickaxed a white couple to death but had seen the light in prison and become a devout and erudite Muslim have found such support? Probably not. It was her sex and her prettiness, as much as her religious conversion, that made Ms. Tucker a poster...
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Camera Obscura (1996) 13 (3 (39)): 126–150.
Published: 01 September 1996
... mom is sort of attached to the house. Attached is, I guess, not the right word. She's pretty much wedged in." In this scene, Gilbert Grape attempts to describe the hybrid monster with whom he lives, the woman who has become part house. The problem he does not want...
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Camera Obscura (1993) 11 (2 (32)): 102–123.
Published: 01 September 1993
... to respond, telling Anthony, “I’ve always been the pretty one. I can’t date a blind man. Who would I be then?” Unable to use her winking, half-smiles and other flirtations that “she’s raised to an art,” Suzanne is afraid, as Julia puts it, that “somebody who can’t see her can really see her.” But she...