Thoughts on Laura Mulvey, Killer of the Male Gaze

Laura Mulvey is celebrated as one of the most important film thinkers of all time. She believes that cinema offers a number of possible pleasures, one of them being scopophilia, “in which looking itself is a source of pleasure,” and in cinema’s ability to develop scopophilia “in its narcissistic aspect” by constructing an ideal image…

Women and “Women’s Films”

What is a film movement? What is a film genre? Janey Place writes that a film movement occurs “in specific historical periods of national stress and focus of energy,” whereas genre “[exists] through time.” For example, Place identified film noir as a film movement. Melodrama, on the other hand, is far more problematic. I have…