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ReFocus: The Films of Kelly Reichardt$
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E. Dawn Hall

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781474411127

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474411127.001.0001

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Precursor: River of Grass

Precursor: River of Grass

(p.15) Chapter 3 Precursor: River of Grass
ReFocus: The Films of Kelly Reichardt

E. Dawn Hall

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter provides an overview of River of Grass, Riechardt’s first feature film, production details via interviews, a close reading of the film with applications of Marxist-Feminist film theory, and an exploration of issues ranging from environmental concerns to the negation of heterosexual romance in a road movie genre. In contrast with her other features, River of Grass’s more overt feminist and experimental themes and gender role reversals align the film within an older feminist counter-cinematic tradition. Reichardt addresses theoretical film concepts such as the “male gaze” by emphasizing the female look and employs Godardian techniques to remind viewers they are watching a construction of reality.

Keywords:   Feminist film theory, Marxism, Road movie, Male gaze, Goddard, Environment, Female look, River of Grass

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