Critical Introduction

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How could you use an analysis of the pattern of looks or the identity of the gaze to develop a critical reading of contemporary mainstream film?

“The concept of gaze is how an audience views the people presented.” The types of gaze are categorized by who is involved and who is looking. “The male gaze” which is a term whom Laura Mulvey introduced in this piece of writing, “Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema”. Mulvey suggests that women are typically presented as just ‘objects’ in film, serving a sexual purpose for men, she states “Women displayed as sexual object is the leit-motif of erotic spectacle.” (Laura Mulvey, 1975, 11)

This essay will be an analysis of the identity of the gaze in mainstream film with a brief insight to
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This is a negative male gaze, her being his ‘object’. When she gets to Edward, she lifts up his trouser leg and touches his leg in a carnal style; she then commences to undress herself, and takes off the very little clothes she was already wearing. She pulls the clothes off her slim-frame within seconds; the camera focuses on Edwards face, emphasizing his eyes staring at her naked body. Edward appreciates her body, and enjoys what he sees; this scene displays Scorophilia, as Edward gets a deriving sexual pleasure from looking at her skin, others suggests it is the irregular of gazing at.” (Sutherland 2003, p.59). This could not only be a male gaze, but it could also be looked upon as a curious gaze (Observing). Mulvey stated, “Scorophilia was associated with taking other people as objects, subjecting them to a controlling and curious gaze.” (Laura Mulvey, 1975, 8) Not only is Scorophilia shown in this scene, but Fetishistic Scorophilia (“This is when the female figure is represented simply as a beautiful object of display (her objectification shows how voyeurism and this kind of fetishism can overlap” (Gillian Rose, Visual Methodologies: An Introduction to Researching with Visual Materials,161) is also exposed as Vivian’s body is represented as an ‘object of display’. Her body is often pictured with close-ups capturing her flesh; this could be to make her look ‘perfect’ in the male gaze. However from how Vivian’s
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