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Sharon Willis

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780816692842

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816692842.001.0001

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The Lure of Retrospectatorship

The Lure of Retrospectatorship

Hitting the False Notes in Far from Heaven

(p.119) 3 The Lure of Retrospectatorship
The Poitier Effect

Sharon Willis

University of Minnesota Press

Chapter III explores how Todd Haynes’ Far From Heaven offers a critical angle on the feminist retrospection of the 1990s films, refusing their wishful attempt to cure the pathologies of the period they represent, and instead, foregrounding the intersections of struggles around race, gender and sexuality that the 1950s sought to repress.

Keywords:   Civil rights movement, Race relations, Popular Cinema, Television, Melodrama, Feminism, Sidney Poitier, Collective Memory

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