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Imaginary Signifiers/Voyeuristic Pleasures

Nitzan Ben-Shaul

Nitzan Ben-Shaul is Associate Professor at the Film and Television Department in Tel Aviv University. He is the author of Mythical Expressions of Siege in Israeli Films, Introduction to Film Theories and A Violent World: Competing Images of Middle East Conflicts. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Film : The Key Concepts

Berg, 2007

Book chapter

...Introduction The psychological effects of films on spectators have intrigued theoreticians since the medium’s inception. Two major psychological approaches to film can be discerned. One focuses upon the conscious perceptual and cognitive...
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...Cocktail Lounge ‒ Night We only see his face, speaking through the shadows. He brushes his index finger lightly across his lips as he speaks. He knows: his lips are his most sexual organ. Julian You know who I...

Taxi Driver (1976)

Directed by

Martin Scorcese

Written by

Paul Schrader

Screenplay

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...TRAVIS GETS A JOB Film opens on exterior of Manhattan cab garage. Weather-beaten sign above driveway reads: ‘Taxi Enter Here.’ Yellow cabs scuttle in and out. It is winter, snow is piled on the curbs, the wind is howling. Inside the garage...

T2 Trainspotting (2017)

Directed by

Danny Boyle

Written by

John Hodge

Screenplay

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...Gym. Day A black matt surface. It starts moving, slowly at first. It is the rubber treadmill of a running machine. A pair of male feet in trainers step on and start walking. The pace increases steadily, then the machine tilts to create...
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...Orton and Halliwell's Flat. Night. 1967. Kenneth Halliwell is looking straight at the camera. He is naked and bloody. He looks at something across the room. Halliwell Joe? John? He looks back at the camera. Orton and Halliwell's Flat...

From Here to Eternity

J.E. Smyth

J. E. Smyth is Reader in History at the University of Warwick, UK. Smyth is the author and editor of five books, including Reconstructing American Historical Cinema from Cimarron to Citizen Kane (2006) and Fred Zinnemann and the Cinema of Resistance (2014). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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British Film Institute, 2015

BFI Film Classics

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...From Here to Eternity (1953) is one of the most controversial films of its time. Adapted from James Jones’s bestselling novel, the landmark blockbuster deals frankly with adultery, military corruption, physical abuse, racism and murder...

Representation

Barry Jordan

Barry Jordan is Professor of European Cinema and Culture at De Montfort University, Leicester. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Mark Allinson

Mark Allinson is Professor of Spanish, University of Leicester. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Spanish Cinema: A Student's Guide

Bloomsbury Academic, 2010

Book chapter

...Why is Representation Important? The films seen by the largest number of people across the world come from the entertainment industry based in Hollywood, Los Angeles. Typically (in fact, overwhelmingly), they are produced by rich, white...

Making an Entrance: Bette Davis’s First Appearance in Jezebel (1938)

Film Moments : Criticism, History, Theory

British Film Institute, 2003

Book chapter

...Bette Davis storms into her 1938 film Jezebel on a wild colt, sporting a riding outfit of leather boots, tailored jacket and a cavalier-style hat. Having leapt from the horse, she hooks up her long skirt with a riding crop to maximise her...

Hollywood Trade: Midnight Cowboy (1969) and Underground Cinema

Gary Needham

Gary Needham is Senior Lecturer in the Department of English, Culture, and Media, Nottingham Trent University, UK. He is the co-author of Warhol in Ten Takes (2013), Queer TV: Histories, Theories, Politics (2009), and Asian Cinemas (2006). He is also the co-editor of two book series, American Indies and Hollywood Centenary, and associate editor of the journal Film, Fashion, and Consumption. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Hollywood Renaissance : Revisiting American Cinema’s Most Celebrated Era

Bloomsbury Academic, 2018

Book chapter

...‘Today’s trade is tomorrow’s competition’In 1960s gay slang, ‘trade’ was a term for a ‘straight’ male hustler who has sex with men for money rather than pleasure. His masculinity, his virility, that which he apparently possesses and defines...