Gaze

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  • Titus Andronicus Analysis

    One of the most infamously hated scenes from Titus Andronicus is that in which Marcus discovers Lavinia after she has been raped and mutilated. While there are many disturbing visual elements surrounding Lavinia’s rape, including her attackers Chiron and Demetrius dancing around her in the mud and mocking her, perhaps the most disturbing is the fact that she has been put on display for anyone to find. When Marcus comes upon her (starting at 1:06:45), the camera pans from him to a wide shot of Lavinia alone, standing on a stump in an open field, as if put on a pedestal. As he moves closer, and we switch to the camera’s gaze, we see more clearly that she wears a dirty white slip, that her hands have been cut off and replaced with twigs, and that blood surrounds her mouth. As Marcus rambles on in a speech full of literary references and lacking in emotion or any sense of urgency to help his niece, we see Lavinia moving her arms and turning away from him, as if writhing in shame. His question “why dost thou not speak to me?” is answered in one very specific shot: the camera zooms in on Lavinia as she turns to face her uncle, spreads her mutilated arms wide, and opens her mouth to reveal a missing tongue, letting forth a stream of blood rather than a…

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  • The Piano Film Analysis

    Bruzzi’s claims can be exemplified in the marriage scene of Ada and Stewart where the audience gazes as Ada is fitted into her wedding dress. Ada exposes her disinterested in the activities surrounding her and as such her contention towards the spectacle is underlined when she is criticized by one of the house maids and disapprovingly told that if she cannot have a ceremony, she will at least have a photograph. In this scene, Campion places emphasis wedding dress on the preparations here only…

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  • The Themes Of Feminism In Meet Me In St. Louis By Vincente Minnelli

    visual metaphors and especially his use of the gaze. The gaze describes the perspective the audience is put into when viewing a work of art. Traditionally the audience is looking through the viewpoint of a heterosexual male. The gaze has been present in art for many years, however it has only recently been identified by theorists and art historians. The idea of the ‘male gaze’ was formally introduced by feminist film theorist, Laura Mulvey in her 1975 essay Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema.…

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  • Women's Pay Inequality

    Mulvey states that the male gaze is the directing of images/ sexual images toward male audiences and their amusement. Mulvey also institutes the ideal of voyeurism and sadism and how those who create projects use these conceptions in order to gain publicity or a reputation. Both of these phrases relate to the sexual pleasure one receives; "refer(ing) to pleasure in looking and exhibitionism" ( Cartwright & Sturken, 124). Look at me- The "male gaze" has dominated every form of…

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  • Voyeurism In Rear Window

    Dictionary, Oxford University Press), but in cinema, voyeurism has been used as a plot tool for decades. Hitchcock films depict the roles a man and woman have in marriage through various tools, but in Rear Window, it is through voyeurism that the story is set in motion, and it is because of the main characters voyeuristic activity that we are able to see how he feels about getting married. This represents a central theme in the film as throughout the movie we see essentially every character be…

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  • Belle And Cinderella Film Analysis

    However, in retrospect I cannot help but notice a male gaze that is ominous over both of these films. The female characters are presented in a way that fits the mold of stereotypes and in turn objectifies them as prizes to be won. Cinderella and Belle became no more than beautiful damsels in distress. Then instead of saving themselves, a machismo male comes to their rescue. Their identities and life became dependent on their male counterparts. In a world where women have constantly had to fight…

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  • Gender Inequality In Popular Films

    In the film’s opening, one of the characters Costa was humming a song and going to find the main character Thomas for plan their party, the song he sang with that only have one sentence and keep repeating: “Hey, we want some pussy”. The indecent lyric clearly shows the theme of the film is ‘Looking for sex in the party’. After singing, Thomas said another line to himself “my dick is gonna get so wet tonight!” the lines directly to equate the party with sex, from here we can see the film targeted…

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  • Karen Offen's Defining Feminist Theory

    The term, “the gaze” has turned into a concept in feminist theory but is more notably known as “the male gaze”, which refers to how men look at women; coined by the feminist film critic Laura Mulvey, introduced in her essay Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema which was published in 1975. The male gaze enforces the sexual politics of the gaze and states that in film, women are typically the objects of heterosexual male desire. It is a sexualised way of looking that objectifies women and empowers…

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  • Dior Homme Perfume Advert Analysis

    suggests that Laura Mulvey’s theory is incorrect in the conclusion that it came to because is a range of media products men and women are used to sell merchandise in a sexual way not so one sex is more dominant than the other. That being said, women are more objectified in media products overall which suggests that there is not equality for men and women in the media. In films “the Smurfs” and “the Muppets” only one female character is frequently shown throughout, where they are both very girly,…

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  • Symbolism In The Sisters By Mary Cassatt

    In much of her work, Mary Cassatt explores the politics of gender and ‘the gaze.’ Born in Philadelphia to a wealthy family, Cassatt settled in Paris in 1866 and became actively involved with the Impressionist movement, finding inspiration in the works of Manet and Degas. However, during this time equality between men and women was seemingly absent: whilst men were encouraged to pursue a career, women were often confined to domestic life, deprived of many personal and social freedoms. By choosing…

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