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Gary Bettinson

isolate two expressive devices as especially fertile: figure staging and actors’ performances. In what follows, I seek to disclose the techniques of staging and performance by which Deathtrap generates suspense and surprise; I attempt to lay bare the

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The Richness of a Narrative Arrest

Performance and Scenic Composition in the Cinema of William Wyler

Johannes Riis

is not only aesthetic hierarchies, such as the role of performances and editing, but also our understanding of slow-paced storytelling as a source of richness, a style that critics have paid less attention to than the time-juggling narratives and

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Laura T. Di Summa

remains: criticism is a practice, a sort of performance, a way of perceiving and experiencing the work from a subjective point of view. This is increasingly true today, and despite the concerns raised on the effects of the web on criticism, critics such

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Cyclic Existence, Iteration, and Digital Transcendence

Lu Yang’s Live Motion Capture Performances

Ashley Lee Wong

This article explores MetaObjects’ ongoing collaboration with Lu Yang to develop a live motion capture performance. As a studio facilitating digital production with artists, the knowledge acquired delves into the worldview of the artist reflected in works and in practice. Lu Yang’s work is inherently collaborative and evolves in increasing complexity with each iteration. Similarly, reincarnation and repetition are present in Buddhist conceptions of cyclic existence and the wheel of life. Lu Yang connects an interest in folk beliefs and Chinese medicine to neuroscience presenting a multi-layering of temporalities in contemporary culture. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the performance was transformed into an online experience, deepening Lu Yang’s interest in digital reincarnation. The work presents an interest in digital reincarnation where identities are fluid and open to reinvention in the virtual realm.

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Adrienne Harris

This article examines Jonathan Caouette's Tarnation as a creative enterprise that opens up new ideas about documentary film and insights into working with new media. It considers how the making of this film worked as a prosthetic aspect to the filmmaker's identity and stability. In examining the interplay of sound, image, and written text, I note how Tarnation develops an artistic meditation on a number of important topics: the representation of trauma, the abstract and formal means of expressing the fragility of survival, the damage to memory and to identity that family dys-function causes, the technical demands of creating narratives of broken and contested lives. The material in the film and its mode of composition from the perspective of psychoanalytic studies of mourning, gay performance and identity, gender dysphoria and its relation to loss, and artistic projects as acts of healing are also considered.

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James K. Beggan

space that privileges men relative to women and reinforces a conventional gender hierarchy. Simultaneously, however, external ejaculation foregrounds performance dynamics that normalize unrealistic expectations for men's sexuality that can, in turn

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Ivan Mozzhukhin’s Acting Style

Beyond the Kuleshov Effect

Johannes Riis

theory, perhaps as a reflection of what first intrigued us about the medium, and even though editors and filmmakers most likely do not presuppose inexpressive performances when referring to the Kuleshov effect as “the single most important concept to

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India Halstead

for just one exquisite second to meet at the egg's innermost heart. —Rebecca Horn, A Rather Wild Flirtation Rebecca Horn's art both constrains and resists constraint. 1 Her kinetic sculptures and performance pieces play on the struggle

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“Exfoliation, Cheese Courses, Emotional Honesty, and Paxil”

Masculinity, Neoliberalism, and Postfeminism in the US Hangout Sitcom

Greg Wolfman

+ activism. Thompson (2015) argues that the camp excess of Harris's performance denaturalizes masculinity by revealing the artifice inherent to gender performance. The artificial and explicit origin of Barney's suit obsession is that he was formerly a

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Frank G. Karioris, J. Daniel Elam, Rupali Francesca Samuel, Marco Wan, Alvin K. Wong, and Danish Sheikh

The Journal of Bodies, Sexualities, and Masculinities is honored to present this book forum on Danish Sheikh’s recent collection Love and Reparation: A Theatrical Response to the Section 377 Litigation in India (2021). The book is a pair of plays or performance pieces that each, in their own way, address the worlds created in the interstice between law and the lives of queer people.