Throwback Thursday: Midnight in Paris and The Tourist Gaze, Desire for Self-Mastery, and a New Kind of Ethnographer

Another Throwback Thursday essay! I wrote this essay during my senior year as an Undergraduate for a course on portrayals of the tourist in film. This essay discusses Woody Allen’s fantastic Midnight in Paris and how the character of Gil (Owen Wilson) interacts with the Tourist Gaze in order to fulfill his desire of self-mastery, his interactions with the Tourist Gaze posit him as a new type of ethnographer who hopes to gain something from the “natives” as a result of immersing himself in a society.

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Throwback Thursday: Crank and the Digital Age

The very first Throwback Thursday post! In honor of Throwback Thursday I’ll post an unedited piece that I wrote in the past, likely for an assignment from College. For the very first of this series, I have chosen Crank (2006). This was written in 2012 for my U.S. Film History Since 1950 class (a great class taught by the fantastic Prof. Siegel), we kept a blog for class and wrote about every film we wrote. This piece focuses on how Crank very perfectly serves as an example of the increase in camera movements and extremely short length of camera shots per second that films have featured more and more in the past ten years, and also reflects the digital age in general.

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