The Gaze: Power and Resistance in Flim

Posted by: Stephen Miller - Oakwood Friends School and Marist College
Designed for: College/University, High School
Topics Covered: film studies, The Gaze, Oppositional Gaze, Imperial Gaze, Feminist Film Theory, Conventional Gaze
Estimated Time Necessary: 2 lessons of 45 minutes
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Learning Objectives

  • Understanding Implied Perspective in Film - The reading and film explore different views of The Gaze (implied perspective) through both camera perspective, implied audience and also visual art history.

Tool Text

The Gaze: Power and Resistance in Film

Read “The Oppositional Gaze” for homework the day before class.  It’s fairly long ad challenging.  Watch the 19 minute film.  This material explores the way what Sartre calls “The Gaze” operates in films, how the perspective of the camera and of the implied audience affect the meaning.  This material refers to work of Laura Mulvey, bell hooks and Edward Said.  The questions below will help guide the discussion.

 

bell hooks “The Oppositional Gaze”

The Gaze: Power and Resistance in Flim

Have Your Class Watch This Video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DdV1F4f7jSo

Possible Discussion Questions
  1. What does the term Implied Perspective mean?
  2. What is an Implied Audience?
  3. How does hooks understand the concept of The Gaze?
  4. How does this question affect the meaning of a film?
  5. Distinguish between the Imperial, the Male and the Conventional Gaze.
  6. How is the Oppositional Gaze meant to combat this? Does it work?
  7. How does the idea of the Gaze relate to the meaning of novels, TV, websites, and other media forms? How are they similar and different?
  8. How does the idea of the Gaze relate to the meaning of novels, TV, websites, and other media forms? How are they similar and different?