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ReFocus: The Films of Barbara Kopple$
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Jeff Jaeckle and Susan Ryan

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781474439947

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474439947.001.0001

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Exposing the Lethal Gaze in Shut Up & Sing! and Running from Crazy

Exposing the Lethal Gaze in Shut Up & Sing! and Running from Crazy

(p.193) Chapter 12 Exposing the Lethal Gaze in Shut Up & Sing! and Running from Crazy
ReFocus: The Films of Barbara Kopple

Jaimie Baron

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter examines Shut Up and Sing! and Running from Crazy to consider the ways in which Kopple’s use of archival footage contributes to the construction of biography. It poses the question of what recordings of a person from different—but always selective—moments in their lives may tell us about what it means to represent an individual and a life through recorded traces. In these two films, Kopple trains her eye on women who have lived in the media spotlight and draws on existing recordings of them in order to try to understand how the cameras that previously recorded them have helped shape the course of their lives. In doing so, the chapter explores how she reveals something about the gaze of those cameras, the ways in which their act of recording has had lethal—or at least menacing—effects on their subjects.

Keywords:   Running from Crazy, Shut Up and Sing!, archival footage, biography, celebrity, Dixie Chicks, Mariel Hemingway, Natalie Maines, lethal gaze

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