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Friday, September 30, 2005

"Professor of archeology, expert on the occult, and... how does one say it? Obtainer of rare antiquities..."

So in my Contemporary Art Theory & Criticism seminar, we've been talking about the concept of the male gaze, an idea that was first written about in feminist film criticism. The notion of the gaze is important for my research, and so learning more about the origins of the theory was obviously of great interest to me.

We watched part of "Rear Window," which is cited in Laura Mulvey's famous article, in class, but since we didn't get to finish it, I requested it through BGSU's interlibrary loan.

One of my fellow students brought up a scene from Jane Campion's film "The Piano," so when I saw that at the library, I grabbed it.

However, also on the shelf at the library was "Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark." Now, when I was last in Venice, someone had mentioned an Indiana Jones movie that took place there, making me want to see it again--the 10 or so intervening years since my last viewing had made things a bit hazy. It turns out that this was not that movie; Venice features in "The Last Crusade" (also now on interlibrary loan...).

I hardly missed Venice, however. I had completely forgotten how well Harrison Ford could act (I think the most recent movie of his I saw was the one with that awful Russian accent; I don't even think I finished it) and what a complete studmuffin he was (TWENTY-FOUR YEARS AGO!). Extremely gaze-able.

I'll let you draw your own conclusions about whether you think he looks like anyone else...

8 comments:

longcat said...

the male gaze...

being a male, and being a gazer on occasion... (maybe you could call it the geezer gaze?)... i'd be interested to check out some theory on it, feminist or otherwise...

did you ever see don't look now? venice set and full of donald sutherland's questioning gaze...

x

Cerise said...

This appears to be the full text of Mulvey's article.


Is "Don't Look Now" in fact horror? I don't generally go in for that sort of thing... though the lure of Italy is always strong.

nancy said...

i think there's a strong resemblance to Bryant.

Adrianna said...

May I suggest The Gaze of the infamous "007"? Bond. James Bond.
I think Sean Connery was especially adept in his role as the ego for all manhood. But he was pretty hot back in the day... I think the accent helps a lot- thus my infatuation with Sark on Alias. BTW, love reading your Blogs!

Cerise said...

ADRIANNA! Yay! Welcome out of lurkerdom! You know, it was at your house that I saw Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom when we were about eight... I covered my eyes for at least a third of it. And I too love Sean Connery, and the accent!

Adrianna said...

Great! I am responsible for your corruption! How do you remember this stuff? I think I must have been watching it for the 1st time too, though... I think that is my least favorite out of the three- it is a little too scary... Speaking of things Italian, have you seen A Room with A View? Wonderful movie and great cinematography! I rented it from the library again last week and watched it 3 times- so I finally bought it... : ) I think you must have to be a Romantic at Heart to appreciate it completely.

Cerise said...

I remember it because it was the ONLY time I saw Temple of Doom--it's my least favorite, too. 'Loved Room With a View, though! The book is even better than the movie.

bryant said...

I always wanted to be Indiana Jones.