THE MALE GAZE Laura Mulvey “Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema”
What is the Gaze? The concept of gaze is one that deals with how an audience views the people presented. For feminists it can be thought of in 3 ways: How men look at women, How women look at themselves How women look at other women.
Features of the Male GazeThe camera lingers on the curves of the femalebody, and events which occur to women arepresented largely in the context of a mansreaction to these events.Relegates women to the status of objects. Thefemale viewer must experience the narrativesecondarily, by identification with the male.
Scouting for Girls“I love the way shefills her clothes.She looks just likethem girls inVogue.”Watch the videoand then beprepared forquestions
Quick questions What colour top was he and she wearing? What bowling lane was used? What colour belt did he and she wear? What colour shoes did he and she wear? What colour eyes did he and she have?
Group Activity In small groups you will be given a focus area. First of all you will write notes alone After the second viewing you will share your notes with your group You will then write a timed paragraph responding to the question We will repeat this exercise until you have analysed for all the areas and completed a full essay. Remember the marking criteria…
Marking CriteriaAnalysis/Explanation Clear analysis of how the technical aspects are used to construct the particular representation 20 Understanding of the constructed nature of representation Use of Examples Consistent evidence from the extract offered. Offers frequent relevant 20 examples from the extract Terminology Frequent and Accurate use of media terminology 10
Textual Analysis Viewing Gender in Primeval: Discuss the ways in which the extract constructs the representation of gender using the following: Camera shots, angle, movement and composition Editing Sound Mise en scene http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=miIVHwcVPVk My Blog
Homework Read through the exemplar essay for this extract and pull out the examples they have used for each of the 4 focus areas (use these as sub-headings and put the examples from the essay underneath): Camera shots, angle, movement and composition Editing Sound Mise en scene Be prepared to feedback to the class next lesson about the essay and be able to refer to the mark scheme Explanation/Analysis/Argument: /20 Use of Example: /20 Terminology: /10
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