It Looks At You: The Returned Gaze of Cinema

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SUNY Press - Social Science - 238 pages
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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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Contents

H A P T E R O N E
1
CHAPTER TWO
45
CHAPTER THREE
77
CHAPTER FOUR
111
CHAPTER FIVE
133
CHAPTER SIX
173
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Wheeler Winston Dixon is Chairperson of the Film Studies Program at University of Nebraska, Lincoln. He is the author of Re-Viewing British Cinema, 1900-1992: Essays and Interviews, also published by SUNY Press.

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