Film Criticism

Academic film journal publishes articles on different disciplines, cultures and critical perspectives.

Articles from Vol. 23, No. 1, Fall

"I Thought You Knew!": Performing the Penis, the Phallus, and Otherness in Neil Jordan's the Crying Game
On the one hand, the hieroglyphic is summoned, Particularly when it merges with a discourse on woman, to connote an indecipherable language ... On the other hand, the hieroglyphic is the most readable of languages. Mary Ann Doane, Film...
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Performative Transformation of the Public Queer in Paris Is Burning
In one of the universally ignored scenes from Jenny Livingston's 1991 documentary Paris Is Burning, several subjects of the film perform the category "school." Like all categories performed in Paris, "school" puts the gender/race/class grid to work,...
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Performativity and Gender in Alice Guy's la Vie Du Christ
Alice Guy is a filmmaker whose body of work is still a site of contestation for modern critics; of the several hundred films she directed between 1896 and 1920, her work falls into two main categories for Leon Gaumont's studios, where she began her...
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Performativity in 1960s American Experimental Cinema: The Body as Site of Ritual and Display
In the early 1960s, before the specter of AIDS consciousness closed off the body into a site of dis/ease, American experimental filmmakers were more intent on exploring the limits of their physical/ mental existence than on more formalist questions...
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The Performance of Queer Masculinity in Derek Jarman's Sebastiane
In this essay, I propose to investigate the ways in which the performance of masculinity as a cultural given is reconfigured in the work of Derek Jarman. I shall be referring to the various texts which Jarman produced through his lifetime, not least...
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The Performative Visual Anthropology Films of Zora Neale Hurston
The spirit of innovation characterizes the work of Zora Neale Hurston, in both film and in the literary arts. From the 1920s to the 1950s, Zora Neale Hurston developed fluency in an astounding number of fields, from playwright, novelist to performer,...
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