<b>Elements of Pastiche in Luck By Chance</b><br>Divya Sasidharan

Elements of Pastiche in Luck By Chance
Divya Sasidharan

The Hindi film Luck by Chance (2009, Zoya Akhtar) self-reflexively presents the masala approach of Bollywood cinema by representing a behind-the-scenes view of the Hindi film industry.  As such, the film is arguably a pastiche. According to Richard Dyer, pastiche is very like that which it imitates, but is not identical to it. Whereas the […]

<b>Camp and Contradiction in Johnny Guitar</b><br>Jasper Muse

Camp and Contradiction in Johnny Guitar
Jasper Muse

In her “Notes on Camp” (1964), Susan Sontag claims that camp taste “turns its back” on the distinctions of good and bad, instead engaging with an entirely different plane of qualitative standards (note #34). There is a sense of aloofness in this statement. She calls the “good-bad axis” an “ordinary aesthetic judgment,” and by otherizing […]

<b>Living in a Ghost World</b><br>Max Hooley

Living in a Ghost World
Max Hooley

Ghost World (Terry Zwigoff, 2001, USA) articulates several features of post-Freudian psychoanalysis, specifically Jacques Lacan’s theories of desire, fetishism and the objet a. These concepts are embodied by the characters Enid (Thora Birch) and Seymour (Steve Buscemi) in their personal relationships with each other, and with the rest of humanity. This essay seeks to illuminate […]

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