And The Mirror Cracked

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Overview

And The Mirror Cracked explores the politics and pleasures of contemporary feminist cinema. Tracing the productive ways in which feminist directors create alternative film forms, Anneke Smelik highlights cinematic issues which are central to feminist films: authorship, point of view, metaphor, montage, and the excessive image. In a continuous mirror game between theory and cinema, this study explains how these cinematic techniques are used to represent female subjectivity positively and affirmatively. Among the films considered are A Question of Silence, Bagdad Café, and Sweetie and the Virgin Machine.

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This revision of the author's doctoral thesis (Universiteit van Amsterdam, 1995) considers contemporary feminist films such as , , and in an exploration of the way feminist directors create alternative film forms. Giving a priority to the films themselves, the author examines the ways in which film and feminist theory interconnect in the feminist project to subvert the dominant male culture. Six chapters explore such issues as authorship, point of view, the use of metaphors, the rhetoric of the image itself, and treatments of lesbian desire. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780333920411
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 8/1/2001
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 227
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Anneke Smelik is Lecturer in Film and New Media, the University of Nijmegen and Co-Editor of Women's Studies and Culture: A Feminist Introduction.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
• Introduction
• What Meets the Eye: An Overview of Feminist Film Theory
• In Pursuit of the Author: On Cinematic Directorship—The Subjective Factor
• Silent Violence: On Point of View—Dust and Cruel Embrace
• And the Mirror Cracked: On Metaphors of Violence and Resistance—A Question of Silence and Broken Mirrors
• Forces of Subversion: On the Excess of the Image—Bagdad Café and Sweetie
• The Navel of the Film: On the Abject and the Masquerade—The Virgin Machine
• Epilogue
• Notes
• Bibliography
• Filmography
• Index

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