Laura mulveys article visual pleasure and narrative cinema Essay

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Laura Mulvey 's article "Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema" argues that in classical hollywood cinema there exists a different viewing expierience for male and female spectators. explain the basis of the theory. Do you agree?

Since 1970 's Laura Mulvey has been regarded as one of the most famous and well known feminist in film critic. through out histry, women 's body has been used as a vision of pleasure by men. women 's bodies have been used to make profit for the males sexual desire. the women 's body itself becomes an object of desire for a man, and the amount it signifies, is mostly sex. in my essay today, i will be talking about Laura Mulveys article "Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema". Mulvey builds her critic on mainstream
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when we think about this situation, we realize that in both the cases, however, duringthe mirror stage and in the dark cinema, identification are not in the form of self knowledge or even awareness. they are rather based on what Lucan calls meconnaissance, which means that the image has effected them so much that they become totally blind at this point by the narcissistic forces that make them the way they are at the first place. ego formation is further structured and formed by characteristics of imaginary functions. both the pleasuring look, scopophilia and narcissistic look requires idealization and therefore encourages the viewer which in this case are maes to avoid the true preception of what is been showed. the hollywood cinema combines the two contradictory functions very well by building up the fantasy world, while discouraging the view of the real world.

Mulvey further on in her article talks about: women as image, man as bearer of the look. due to sxual imbalance , pleasure in looking is split between active/ male and passive/ female, which means the male gaze. mulvey argues that "the ditermining male gaze projects its fatasy on to the female figure. (page, ). The women displays herself on the screen. again we can see a clear

example from the movie "Dance Girls Dance" where at the end Bubbles has her own show where she gets paid a lot and

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