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ReFocus: The Films of Doris Wishman$
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Alicia Kozma and Finley Freibert

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9781474482349

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2022

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474482349.001.0001

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The Body as Apparatus: Doris Wishman’s Double Agent 73

The Body as Apparatus: Doris Wishman’s Double Agent 73

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(p.15) Chapter 1 The Body as Apparatus: Doris Wishman’s Double Agent 73
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ReFocus: The Films of Doris Wishman
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Elena Gorfinkel

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474482349.003.0002

The chapter considers Wishman’s Chesty Morgan films, Deadly Weapons and Double Agent 73, in relation to feminist psychoanalytic theory by analyzing how the female body acts as both a prop and a technology within the films’ modes of address. Discussing the film in context of exploitation as filmic category defined by its mode of production and marketing, the author contends that Morgan’s body is the films’ primary prop and exploitation “gimmick.” However, the implantation of a camera into Morgan’s breasts complicate the actress’s as simply an object of the gaze; she becomes both a screen and a memory technology, assaulting the male characters and arguably the viewer in the process.

Keywords:   Chesty Morgan, Exploitation, Psychoanalysis, Male gaze, Fetish, Apparatus theory

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