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Intimacy, ‘Truth' and the Gaze: The Double Opening of Zero Dark Thirty.

Van Raalte, C., 2017. Intimacy, ‘Truth' and the Gaze: The Double Opening of Zero Dark Thirty. Movie: A Journal of Film Criticism (7), 23 - 30.

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The opening scene of Zero Dark Thirty (Kathryn Bigelow, 2012) is, strictly speaking, not a 'scene' at all since it offer no images, only a black screen, some text and a soundscape that uses real recordings of phone-calls made on 11th September 2001 to depict the events of that day. In this article I want to discuss the operation of intimacy, cultural memory and audience address in these ninety seconds, the way in which these same ideas are reworked in the scene that immediately follows, and the way in which the film's investment in ' the spectacle of the real' and complex treatment of the gaze is established within both these opening sequences.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:realism; representation; narrative
Group:Faculty of Media & Communication
ID Code:29273
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:30 May 2017 09:06
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 14:04


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