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Lecture 13

ENGB70H3 Lecture Notes - Lecture 13: Microsoft Onenote, Voyeurism, Scopophilia


Department
English
Course Code
ENGB70H3
Professor
Sara Saljoughi
Lecture
13

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Feminism&Film
Friday,November25,2016 9:18AM
ThePiano(dir.JaneCampion,1993)
○ Australian
○ FirstwomentoeverwinthebiggestprizeoftheCANfilmfestivalinFrance
○ Shealsowrotethescreenplay
• FemaleCharacters
○ Filmcriticism/theory
• Socialanalysis:stereotypes
• Formal‐socialanalysis
• Ie.Whatisthecinematography,howisitusedtorepresentwomen?
• "VisualPleasureandNarrativeCinema"byLauraMulvey(1975)
• Whenwewatchafilm,allmechanismsareworkingtogetherto
giveuspleasure,howdowelookatwomenandgainpleasurein
cinemaandwhymightthatbewrong?
• ReferredtoHollywoodcinema1960'sarea
• 2keypartstothistheory
1. Identification
• Usuallyidentifieswithamalecharacterasactive
subjects
• UsesPOVshot
• Wholeprocessbasedongenderbinary:menand
womenarealwaysconstructedaspolaropposites
• VSFemalescharacters:passiveobjects
• Theydon’tmovetheplotforward
• She"arrests"theplot
• Sheisthereforustogazeather,likeanalien
• Thewayweareinvitedtolookatthecharacters
inthisfilmisshownfromhowtheactivemale
looksatthepassivefemale
• Vertigo(dir.Hitchcock,1958)asanexample
2. LookingRelations(voyeurism)
• Alllookingrelationsarepredicatedonlookingatthe
female.
• Thistechniquereinforcesgenderrolesandidentities.
• Dance,Girl,Dance(dir.DorothyArzner1940)
• 2maincharactersinthefilmarewomen
• Bothwomenaredancers,sothefilmstilllooksatwomenas
thecenterofattention
○ Character:Aida
• Paleskincontrastsherwiththespaceandblackclothes
• Apparentlyinvitesustolookatherinastereotypicalway…
• Clothingisimpracticalfortheterrane
• Sheistheprimarycharacterbutdoesn’tspeak
• Thepianorootshertoherpast
• Alsothewayshemakesherselfcivilizedanddifferentfromhernew
environment
• Italsoistheonlymeansshehasofexpressingherself(especiallysince
shecannotspeak)
• Alsoafetishobjectinthemovie.Viewedalmosthowwomenareusually
viewed
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