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The uncastrated man: the irrationality of masculinity portrayed in cinema.
June 22, 1995... In the margins of the cinematic and video film cultures one finds genres which the serious and more intellectual moviegoer usually will regard with scorn. These films are often dismissed on the ground that they merely indulge in violence, totally lacking psychological profundity and...
Spike Lee's 'Malcolm X' as transformational object.(psychoanalysis and film audiences)
June 22, 1995... In this essay, I would like to explore one way in which recent psychoanalytic theory might contribute to a postcolonial aesthetics, using Spike Lee's film, Malcolm X, as something of a test case. I hope to show that what appear to be flaws, even mistakes, in Lee's film--what I will call...
'Innerspace': a spectacular voyage to the heart of identity.(1987 American motion picture)
June 22, 1995... In a 1974 newspaper article entitled, "When Boy Meets Boy, What's a Girl to Do?" film critic Kathleen Carroll wondered, "Why, all of a sudden, does Hollywood seem so intensely interested in exploring man-to-man relationships? Not that movies haven't done it before. We have had Spencer Tracy...
Lacan and the ostrich: desire and narration in Bunuel's 'Le Fantome de la Liberte.'(Jacques Lacan; Luis Bunuel; psychoanalysis and film)
June 22, 1995... Editor's Note: In his essay, Humphries begins with the post-structuralist notion that language controls experience and applies it to Bunuel's film, Le Fantome de la Liberte. He posits that Bunuel questions empiricist ideas about the individual by suggesting that, while individuals may believe...
Reality, the real, and the Margaret-Thatcher-signifier in two British films of the 1980s.
June 22, 1995... A disorienting but also liberating conclusion can be drawn from the debate on Thatcherism, and insofar as no actuality is easily separable from the debate, from Thatcherism itself.(1) This conclusion is that historical, political, social, and cultural meanings are signifiers; unfixed, they...