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Camera Obscura (2014) 29 (2 (86)): 85–117.
Published: 01 September 2014
...Maggie Hennefeld This article rethinks the emergence of narrative film syntax through the comedy genre, focusing on slapstick films that depict female unruliness. I discuss films featuring Mabel Normand, Florence Turner, Marie Dressler, Sarah Duhamel, and other forgotten silent comediennes, arguing...
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Camera Obscura (2001) 16 (2 (47)): 230–231.
Published: 01 September 2001
... 2001 Books Received Dale, Alan. Comedy Is a Man in Trouble: Slapstick in American Movies. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2000. Darley, Andrew. Visual Digital Culture: Surface Play and Spectacle in New Media Genres. New York: Routledge, 2000. Elsaesser...
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Camera Obscura (2014) 29 (3 (87)): 184–185.
Published: 01 December 2014
... Introduction: The Place of the Contemporary Female Director. No. 85: pp. 1 – 3 Matt Delmont “Miserable Women on Television”: Irene McCabe, Television News, and Antibusing Politics. No. 87: pp. 33 – 63 Maggie Hennefeld Slapstick Comediennes in Transitional Cinema: Between Body and...
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Camera Obscura (2006) 21 (2 (62)): 144–167.
Published: 01 September 2006
... face. As they speak, their facial expressions gradually break into laughter. Now they seem to know what they have to do. One woman slaps the other woman. Slapstick begins. The slapped woman stands up, and the next cut shows her in a field of wildly colored flowers. We have left the grayness...
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Camera Obscura (1992) 10 (3 (30)): 76–91.
Published: 01 May 1992
... from one body to another, from him to his analyst. In the end it is the analyst who appears as an embodi- ment of suicidal parapraxis. The film is Cracking Up (sometimes retitled Smorgasbord) and the performer/director is Jerry Lewis. Clearly it is a comedy, relying on slapstick for much...
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Camera Obscura (2005) 20 (3 (60)): 193–231.
Published: 01 December 2005
... in China occurred at a tran- sitional moment in the Chinese film market, with the decline of French film dominance in the wake of World War I and the simultaneous increase in American film exports and the sweep- ing success of the “low” genres such as slapstick comedy, westerns, adventure...
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Camera Obscura (1988) 6 (3 (18)): 95–105.
Published: 01 September 1988
... cinema are rooted in popular culture and a folk art mentalitypostcards, comic strips, dime novels, etc. These images cater to, among other things, a slapstick sense of humor that "feeds upon the sadistic and the pornographic instinct In relation to the 103 "sadistic" framing of decadrage...
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Camera Obscura (2000) 15 (2 (44)): 151–175.
Published: 01 September 2000
... crash- ing into the object, and the Bavarian music positions the short sequence in a tradition of slapstick.6 05-Mennel&Onigiri 150-175=26pgs 1/25/01 1:47 PM Page 158 158 • Camera Obscura The credit sequence that follows radically...
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Camera Obscura (1988) 6 (1 (16)): 47–77.
Published: 01 January 1988
... Para• mount decided to change her image as slapstick comedienne and feature her in a series of glamour girl roles, including Give Me a Sailor (1938) in which she won not only a legs contest against Betty Grable but the leading man as well. This was followed by several other...
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Camera Obscura (2010) 25 (1 (73)): 97–129.
Published: 01 May 2010
... was typical of the domestic slapstick situation, physically dominates her husband. As the short continues, Laurel carelessly convinces Hardy that the addition of a baby to the household would smooth over the conflicts with his wife and, more important, allow him to spend his evenings with his...
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Camera Obscura (2001) 16 (3 (48)): 9–57.
Published: 01 December 2001
..., and Helen Holmes are obvious and crucial indices, as are mystery-crime films, western adventures, slapstick comedies, jungle safaris, deep-sea spectacles, and so on. I cannot do more than gesture toward such genres here, but their presence alerts us to the exis- tence of a competing industrial...
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Camera Obscura (2009) 24 (2 (71)): 77–105.
Published: 01 September 2009
... overlooked in their architectural planning of a better world.14 As in slapstick comedy, nothing goes as planned in For- man’s film, and if what needs to happen eventually happens, it is the result of a fortunate turn of events. The three working women and the reservists do not “go...
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Camera Obscura (1990) 8 (2 (23)): 108–131.
Published: 01 May 1990
... reaches across the table, grabs Herbie by the tie and growls, “We gonna do what we wanna do Outdone by her confidence, Herbie looks into the camera with an expression of shock. The mildly slapstick interrogation scenes bind a number of other subplots. Scenes in which...
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Camera Obscura (1990) 8 (1 (22)): 50–72.
Published: 01 January 1990
... the former, meaning that the effect of the sudden intrusion of reality 64 was probably closer to the crude materialism and black humor of slapstick comedy than to moral or political reflection. Nonetheless, there remains a certain moralizing, allegorizing undertone (a voice...
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Camera Obscura (2017) 32 (3 (96)): 33–61.
Published: 01 December 2017
... knowledge over Mr. Patel’s high- minded intellectual- ism, shaming the Patels’ performance of cultural hierarchy as inau- thentic. Phil and Claire simultaneously run into doors with a sign reading “Not An Exit” as slapstick punishment for their bullying, The...
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Camera Obscura (2015) 30 (1 (88)): 155–183.
Published: 01 May 2015
... the production of intimacy, particularly in the way that friendships between cast members are often framed through slapstick scenes and other lighthearted, comedic vignettes. At the reunions, Cohen has often explained the relationships between certain cast members through invocations of iconic...
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Camera Obscura (2020) 35 (1 (103)): 109–137.
Published: 01 May 2020
... particularly egregious moment, Harry Nilsson s Without You plays while brown people are being shot to death. The slapstick humor of Whiskey allows the Ethical Whiteness and the Death Drive 111 banalizing of death and loss and takes on a necropolitical irony in the context of knowing what soldiers were...
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Camera Obscura (2004) 19 (2 (56)): 105–139.
Published: 01 September 2004
... idea that they have been “invaded by someone else.” They end the scene with a brief slapstick routine 124 • Camera Obscura in which they exchange positions onstage, walk past one another, and grab each others’ legs. Following a rousing burst of applause from the audience, the film ends with a...
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Camera Obscura (2005) 20 (2 (59)): 119–163.
Published: 01 September 2005
... evolved out of the often breathless experience of watching and being transported by American films (William S. Hart westerns, Chap- lin slapstick, Pearl White serials, and The Cheat), it is also undeni- able that by the late teens this model was being supplanted some- what by the need to validate...
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Camera Obscura (2011) 25 (3 (75)): 29–67.
Published: 01 December 2011