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Camera Obscura (2012) 27 (1 (79)): 1–29.
Published: 01 May 2012
...Anne McKnight This essay considers how ideas about liberation flourished in Japanese sex films in the 1970s by exploring the genre of the housewife film as it traverses industrial contexts. Liberation was abandoned by melancholic male intellectuals after the 1970 failure to halt Japan's military...
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Camera Obscura (2018) 33 (1 (97)): 1–27.
Published: 01 May 2018
...Özgür Yaren This article explores trash erotic productions in 1970s Turkish cinema. What was popularly referred to as the “sex influx” ( seks furyası ) was the result of persistent economic and political crises and symptomatic of the ends of certain cultural and economic modes dominant in film...
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Camera Obscura (2013) 28 (2 (83)): 45–75.
Published: 01 September 2013
..., their sex, and their sound tracks; it would seem that the footage in both films might have been shown in any order, that anyone on-screen might have sex with anyone else, and that any ambient sound might score any image. In cinema, synchronization takes disparate image and sound tracks and fixes them...
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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 (2016) 31 (1 (91)): 27–63.
Published: 01 May 2016
... with nearly nothing. Screening (A)sex Film and media studies of sex and sexuality have, by and large, found their footing in the larger scheme of the discipline of cinema studies. With sexual liberation (both gay and straight) already underway, the 1970s saw the beginnings of criticism on sex...
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Camera Obscura (2014) 29 (2 (86)): 1–33.
Published: 01 September 2014
... a director humiliates her at an audition by demanding the right to inspect her body, she begins disembodied phone sex work. Most critics of the film either emphasize the main character's growth or observe that her interiority remains unavailable to viewers despite the film's extensive use of close-ups...
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Camera Obscura (2014) 29 (2 (86)): 119–147.
Published: 01 September 2014
... realize, he has no serious interest, all his protesta- tions to the contrary.)16 In these final moments of the film, all of 128  •  Camera Obscura Seth’s manic behavior — which has centered on the desire to have sex with girls but which evidences, because it is manic, the deeper desire to push...
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Camera Obscura (2020) 35 (2 (104)): 1–35.
Published: 01 September 2020
... photographs, seen as the public culmination of Jenner’s gender transition, and Almodóvar’s fictional film, centered on the forced surgical sex reassignment of one of its characters, both comment on the role of technically produced images in constructing visually articulated bodily materiality as central...
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Camera Obscura (2008) 23 (3 (69)): 137–157.
Published: 01 December 2008
.... It represents a failed work of mourning for a lost lover of the same sex or perhaps for same-sex desire itself—a destructive relationship to a form of desire he can scarcely acknowledge. Camera Obscura 2008 David Copenhafer teaches literature and film at the University of Pennsylvania and at Bard High...
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Camera Obscura (2012) 27 (3 (81)): 181–183.
Published: 01 December 2012
... McKnight The Wages of Affluence: The High-Rise­ Housewife in Japanese Sex Films. No. 79: pp. 1 – 29 Raya Morag Perpetrator Trauma and Current Israeli Documentary Cinema. No. 80: pp. 93 – 133 Roya Rastegar Evolving Narrative Structures Forge New Cine-Love­ at the 2012...
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Camera Obscura (2008) 23 (3 (69)): 159–191.
Published: 01 December 2008
..., scenes of sadistic torture that exhibit the body are exceedingly common, from the spaghetti Western — where the torture and mutilation of the male body is a staple — to the giallo, or horror film, where either sex (but preferentially women) may be put sadistically on display. One...
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Camera Obscura (2016) 31 (2 (92)): 119–147.
Published: 01 September 2016
... is currently completing a monograph titled “Subject to Reality,” which reexamines feminist documentary films and filmmakers of the 1970s. © 2016 by Camera Obscura 2016 feminist documentary sex trafficking Ciudad Juárez ethics identification Figure 1. An interview with Vika in The Price of Sex...
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Camera Obscura (2021) 36 (2 (107)): 33–63.
Published: 01 September 2021
...—into ecstatic and explicit lesbian sex that some critics have deemed gratuitous. 5 The film's dizzying portrayal of colonial identity relies on a historical particularity of Japanese imperialism: the lack of a perceivable difference between Japanese colonizers and colonized Koreans. Absent the crucial...
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Camera Obscura (2011) 25 (3 (75)): 143–177.
Published: 01 December 2011
... own over the course of the film. No longer satisfied with merely widening the children’s horizons, Briski becomes invested in liberating the children from the brothels and a life of illegal sex work and installing them on the path to legality, higher education, and social repute. Her goal...
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Camera Obscura (2017) 32 (2 (95)): 117–151.
Published: 01 September 2017
... by Breillat's portrayal in À ma sœur! ( Fat Girl , France, 2001) and her other films of nonnormative, even taboo subjects—the depiction of childhood and adolescent sexuality, of unsimulated sex, and of statutory rape—writings on her work have focused largely on the director's public persona and the polemics...
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Camera Obscura (2011) 26 (3 (78)): 95–135.
Published: 01 December 2011
.... Produced primar- ily in New York and Los Angeles, on average budgets of between $10,000 and $40,000 and in only a few days’ time, the films were defined by their crude mise-­en-­scène, sensationalist narratives of sex and its discontents, and aggressively lurid marketing strategies. As Eric...
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Camera Obscura (2003) 18 (3 (54)): 71–97.
Published: 01 December 2003
..., I assert that there is a profound natural mechanics to women’s work in video that makes the medium’s method, theory, and theme the interactive and politicized subjectification of the female sex. Film and patriarchy share the project of women’s objectification—they make victims. Video...
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Camera Obscura (2015) 30 (3 (90)): 161–187.
Published: 01 December 2015
... constitutes one of the con- ceptual foundations of a recent tendency in contemporary cinema with which Martyrs is often associated: the New French Extremity (NFE).1 Consistently transgressive, the films that belong to this trend offer exceptionally graphic depictions of sex and violence and generally...
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Camera Obscura (2016) 31 (1 (91)): 5–25.
Published: 01 May 2016
... range of ostensibly real sex acts involving any number of participants, both queer and straight identified. In fact, Nick Davis, in his essay “The View from the Shortbus,” describes the task of mapping Warner’s ideas onto the film’s diegetic world to be “almost unchallengingly easy.”7 He...
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Camera Obscura (1992) 10 (2 (29)): 91–129.
Published: 01 May 1992
... ofthe Road.’ Instructed by her mother “in the ‘good’ of sex,” Mary Lee, the film’s heroine, follows one road “upward towards the Land of Perfect Love,” by becoming an army nurse and marrying the film’s hero, Dr. Philip Bell. Vera Wagner, Mary’s childhood friend, follows the other, “wrong road...