And the Mirror Cracked: Feminist Cinema and Film Theory
By: Anneke Smelik (author)Paperback
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And The Mirror Cracked explores the politics and pleasures of contemporary feminist cinema. Tracing the highly 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 Cafe , Sweetie and The Virgin Machine .
ANNEKE SMELIK studied English and film theatre studies at the University of Utrecht, the Netherlands and received her PhD in film studies at the University of Amsterdam. She is lecturer in film and new media at the University of Nijmegen and has published widely on film, video and popular culture; she is co-editor of Women's Studies and Culture: a Feminist Introduction.
Acknowledgements Introduction What Meets the Eye: An Overview of Feminist Film Theories 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 Cafe 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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