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Spectacle of PropertyThe House in American Film$
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John David Rhodes

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781517903695

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9781517903695.001.0001

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Cinema’s Short-Term Tenancy

Cinema’s Short-Term Tenancy

A Materialist Theory of Film Spectatorship

Chapter:
(p.1) One Cinema’s Short-Term Tenancy
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Spectacle of Property
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John David Rhodes

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University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9781517903695.003.0001

In this mostly theoretical discussion I discuss some examples of American feature filmmaking, including Gone With the Wind (Victor Fleming, 1939), in order to establish the implicit problematic that race and the raced body are fundamentally bound up in the “spectacle of property,” even when no non-white bodies appear onscreen. Finally, as a means of testing some of these ideas through close formal and historical analysis, the second part of the chapter focuses in detail on a single film, D.W. Griffith’s The Lonely Villa (1909) and its representation of the house and its violation in the context of cinema’s emergence as a narrative representational medium and as an industry preoccupied by property rights

Keywords:   Film architecture housing property domestic theory history

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