Mothers on the line: the [maternal] allure of Julianne Moore

Çakirlar, C. ORCID: 0000-0003-1171-8635, 2016. Mothers on the line: the [maternal] allure of Julianne Moore. [in]Transition: Journal of Videographic Film & Moving Image Studies, 3.1. ISSN 2469-4312

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This audiovisual essay explores Julianne Moore’s on-screen image as an unconventional maternal embodiment. Throughout her career, what has considerably marked Moore’s star image is, I contend, not a particularly authentic signature in her acting style but the thematic and erotic investment in her appearances cast as maternal women of grief, ambivalence, transgression and detachment. My exploration in this video capitalizes upon this maternal erotic and treats it as the core component of Moore’s persona. Through expressive use of editing and sound, the video operates within an expository poetic mode that appropriates the tribute/compilation format and tackles different analytical scales of sampling and audiovisual interpretation in star studies. The piece attempts to articulate a performative approach to expose the thematic continuities in Moore’s performances of mothers (or mother-substitutes) and to queer the on-screen operation of her maternal image.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: [in]Transition: Journal of Videographic Film & Moving Image Studies
Creators: Çakirlar, C.
Publisher: MediaCommons
Date: 14 March 2016
Volume: 3.1
ISSN: 2469-4312
Divisions: Schools > School of Arts and Humanities
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 11 Apr 2016 09:47
Last Modified: 06 Oct 2017 14:47

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