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SAD POSTING

Aleesha Farhana, the transgender Malaysian who was referred to in the Straits Times article about HER as Moh’d Ashraf Haviz died today at age 26. The cause was a heart attack and low blood pressure. Advertisements

THE END

Our final screening, Dr Strangelove, or How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love the Bomb provides a suitable apocalypse for our course. Thanks for all your good work.

BLOGGED ESSAY: KAI OLLEH

ET 15: SINGING IN THE RAIN: MUSICAL NUMBERS “They don’t talk. They don’t act. They just make a lot of dumb show”. With reference to the character Kathy played by Debbie Reynolds, the musical film “Singin’ in the Rain” depicts the microcosm of growing film industry and a star system as a false image, without […]

THE LAST WEEK: THE COLD WAR

Our final two films are The Atomic Cafe, written by Michael Edwards and Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb directed by Stanley Kubrik. Both require a basic  knowledge of the Cold War — the period of tension between the United States and the Soviet Union that immediately followed World War II […]

ET 20 FAMILIES

Discuss issues around the semiotics of gender, identity, and family in this article from the New Straits Times and Paris is Burning. You might also want to refer to this Joan Rivers interview made shortly after the film. What are the semiotics contained in MYKAD? Is MYKAD a signifier? How and what does it signify and […]

MAN OF ARAN SET TO MUSIC

The Boys’ musical score underneath the final sequence from Flaherty’s film. A kind of music video, it points to the power of the imagery and the rhythm of the editing.

ET 19: BOOP BOOP DE DOOP

Write a critique of this sequence utilizing semiotics and feminist theory. Deal with the entire sequence, not just Marilyn’s number. Pay attention to all the aspects of mis-en-scene, including performance, music, lighting, acting, costume, setting, cinematography. What are the signifiers and what do they signify? What is/are the code(s)?  Deal with embodiment, typology, gestures, and […]