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It looks at you : the returned gaze of cinema

Author: Wheeler W Dixon
Publisher: Albany : State University of New York Press, ©1995.
Series: SUNY series in postmodern culture.
Edition/Format:   Book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book is a study of one of the most insidious and pervasive phenomena in the study and reception of cinema: the "returned gaze" from the screen in which the audience is actually surveilled by the film being projected on the screen. Rather than the usual process of watching a film, in those films which return the gaze of the viewer, the film looks at us, confronting our voyeur's embrace of the spectacle it  Read more...
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Dixon, Wheeler W., 1950-
It looks at you.
Albany : State University of New York Press, ©1995
(OCoLC)622659549
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Wheeler W Dixon
ISBN: 0791423395 9780791423394 0791423409 9780791423400
OCLC Number: 30076071
Description: xv, 238 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: It looks at you: the returned gaze of cinema/video reception --
Surveillance in the cinema; the black box --
The trans/gendered gaze: the "I" of the beholder --
The politics of desire: spectacles of the forbidden --
Dreams of the state: control of the spectatorial body --
The armed response: the screen's gaze returned, or the Gorgon's mirror.
Series Title: SUNY series in postmodern culture.
Responsibility: Wheeler Winston Dixon.

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This book is a study of one of the most insidious and pervasive phenomena in the study and reception of cinema: the "returned gaze" from the screen in which the audience is actually surveilled by the film being projected on the screen. Rather than the usual process of watching a film, in those films which return the gaze of the viewer, the film looks at us, confronting our voyeur's embrace of the spectacle it presents. The book cites examples as diverse as Andy Warhol's Vinyl, Laurel and Hardy two-reel comedies, the films of Jean-Marie Straub, Jean-Luc Godard, Roberto Rossellini, and Wesley E. Barry's Creation of The Humanoids. It also discusses the history of the returned gaze in video, pornography, surveillance systems, and the related plastic arts.

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