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Camera Obscura (2014) 29 (3 (87)): 149–183.
Published: 01 December 2014
...Juliana Chang This essay explicates how Mei Li (Miyoshi Umeki) and Linda Low (Nancy Kwan), the Asian migrant and Asian American female leading characters in the film Flower Drum Song (dir. Henry Koster, US, 1961), oscillate between embodying the fantasies of American modernity and exposing...
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Camera Obscura (1980) 2 (3 (6)): 42–49.
Published: 01 December 1980
...Marguerite Duras; Susan Suleiman © 1980 by Camera Obscura 1980 ∗Translated and published with permission of Editions Albatros, from “Notes sur India Song,” Marguerite Duras (Paris: Editions Albatros, 1975). Notes on India Song* Marguerite Duras I make films to occupy my...
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Camera Obscura (1981) 3 (1 (7)): 110–127.
Published: 01 May 1981
... for more extensive work on these films, to be taken up by ourselves and our readers in subsequent issues. fie Song ofthe Shirt (Susan Clayton and Jonathan Curling, 1979) Feminist History and The Song Oftke Skirt* Susan Clayton andJonathan Curling In this article we would...
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Camera Obscura (1980) 2 (2 (5)): 86–97.
Published: 01 September 1980
...Elizabeth Cowie The Song of the Shirt (Susan Clayton and Jonathan Curling) Elizabeth Cowie D.W. Griffith apparently made a film called The Song of the Shirt in 1908, based like that of the Film and History Project’s film, on the ballad written by Thomas Hood...
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Camera Obscura (2007) 22 (3 (66)): 171–178.
Published: 01 December 2007
... Courtesy of Deutsches Filminstitut ARCHIVE FOR THE FUTURE Sad Songs of Nitrate: Women’s Work in the Silent Film Archive Jane M. Gaines The first phase of feminist film theory elaborated the gaping wound that was women’s structural position in culture...
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Camera Obscura (2019) 34 (1 (100)): 139–161.
Published: 01 May 2019
...Kelley Conway Chantal Akerman’s films are typically characterized as minimalist and melancholy due to her signature long takes and understated performances. Yet her films also express extraordinary lyricism and euphoria, notably through song. Amid the highly patterned narratives and the exquisitely...
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Camera Obscura (2014) 29 (3 (87)): 1–31.
Published: 01 December 2014
...Jean Ma In the 1950s and 1960s, film songs were a ubiquitous feature of Hong Kong cinema, and their performance was the exclusive domain of singing actresses. One of the biggest screen stars and recording artists of this era was Grace Chang. Chang made her debut in Mambo Girl (dir. Evan Yang [Yi...
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Camera Obscura (2018) 33 (2 (98)): 69–103.
Published: 01 September 2018
... in Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman’s song “Sister Suffragette,” highlights some of the most significant and problematic pro-suffrage tactics developed in Britain and the US. It also reveals the characterization of Mrs. Banks (Glynis Johns) to be deeply influenced by misogynistic anti-suffrage...
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Camera Obscura (2015) 30 (3 (90)): 129–159.
Published: 01 December 2015
...Usha Iyer Though popular Hindi cinema is frequently identified by its song-and-dance sequences, little has been written specifically about film dance. This article analyzes film dance and female stardom in Hindi films of the late 1980s and 1990s through an examination of the star text of Madhuri...
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Camera Obscura (2008) 23 (1 (67)): 11–45.
Published: 01 May 2008
... an “unperforming of the self” through the cultivation of an impersonal intimacy that deferred a fixed subjectivity and frustrated the racial expectations of her audiences. She developed this impersona through three interlocking tactics: a disarticulation of self and song; a reversal of the psychic positions...
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Camera Obscura (2008) 23 (3 (69)): 137–157.
Published: 01 December 2008
...David Copenhafer In David Lynch's Blue Velvet , music is a key component of the film's intricate staging of gender and sexuality. “Mourning and Music” interprets four scenes in which characters either sing songs or imitate singing. It argues that the unsettling appearance of gender and sexuality...
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Camera Obscura (1990) 8 (2 (23)): 148–175.
Published: 01 May 1990
...! I am saved! Julia Ecklar, “Born Again Trek” Julia Ecklar’s song, “Born Again Trek,” expresses sentiments shared by many within the fan community upon the release of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. The first generation Star Trek fans had waited...
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Camera Obscura (2019) 34 (3): 157–167.
Published: 01 December 2019
... television soundtracks theme songs female vocalists Figure 1. Insecure (HBO, 2016 ) The pilot episode of Insecure (HBO, 2016 ) concludes with a note- worthy musical reference. In an earlier scene, protagonist Issa Dee (Issa Rae) embarrasses her friend Molly (Yvonne Orji) by refer- encing her sexual...
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Camera Obscura (2011) 25 (3 (75)): 29–67.
Published: 01 December 2011
... audience without attempting to create a new global aesthetic. Recall, for example, that the song-­dance sequences characteristic of Bolly­ wood film grammar appear only in the epilogue, almost as an afterthought.5 While Moulin Rouge!’s visual excesses superficially...
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Camera Obscura (2014) 29 (2 (86)): 35–57.
Published: 01 September 2014
... Narrowness portrays three couples: Song Siming (Zhang Jiayi) and his wife, who are in their forties; Guo Haiping (Hai Qing) and Su Chun (Hao Ping), who are in their thirties; and Guo Haizao (Li Nian) and Xiao Bei (Wen Zhang), who are in their twenties. The choice to use three couples to represent...
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Camera Obscura (1980) 2 (3 (6)): 6–41.
Published: 01 December 1980
... of Lo1 V. Stein. L.e Ravissement de Lo1 V. Stein India Song is part of what has been called in Marguerite Duras’s work the “Indian” cycle,’ a group of three novels and three films which all transform and repeat a single story. That story, like...
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Camera Obscura (2008) 23 (1 (67)): 89–111.
Published: 01 May 2008
... Levin, the show was, like Levin’s previous success My Fair Lady (1956), a Pygmal- ionesque story of a naive young maiden who is transformed into a society sophisticate. Ada Cockle had virtually no dialogue with other characters in the play and instead performed an atmospheric song cycle...
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Camera Obscura (2012) 27 (3 (81)): 69–98.
Published: 01 December 2012
...- century French literature. Frank notes that attempts to recapture the mother’s voice simultaneously remove female agency by con ating the technological with the feminine. This realiza- tion leads her to claim that “representations of female song owe much of their shape and force...
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Camera Obscura (1980) 2 (3 (6)): 3–5.
Published: 01 December 1980
... © 1980 by Camera Obscura 1980 Editorial Although Marguerite Duras is well-known and influential in France- India Song has been playmg continuously in Paris since it was released in 1975, and several books and special issues of magazines devoted to her work have appeared in French...
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Camera Obscura (2011) 26 (2 (77)): 123–130.
Published: 01 September 2011
... videos, in which a filmmaker cre- ates images to illustrate a song, vidders use music to interpret a visual source; in other words, the song tells the spectator how to understand the montage the vidder has constructed. Vids are therefore a form of inkind media criticism...