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Chris Fujiwara

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http://members.verizon.net/~vze4b4rc/, tagline: Chris Fujiwara: Mostly on Film


Chris Fujiwara is the author of Jacques Tourneur: The Cinema of Nightfall, published by Johns Hopkins University Press, with a foreword by Martin Scorsese. He is currently working on a critical biography of Otto Preminger, to be published by Faber & Faber, a study of the films of Jerry Lewis, to be published by the University of Illinois Press, and (with A. S. Hamrah) a book on world cinema in the ’70s, to be published by Basic Books.

A regular contributor to The Boston Phoenix, Fujiwara has also written for The Boston Globe, Film Comment, Cineaste, Film International, The Village Voice, Senses of Cinema, Hermenaut, and many other publications. He has written essays accompanying several Criterion Collection DVDs and has contributed to three anthologies, 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die (Cassell/Barron's), The Film Comedy Reader (Limelight Editions) and The Science Fiction Reader (forthcoming from Limelight Editions).

Fujiwara has served on juries at film festivals in Vienna, Brisbane, and elsewhere, and he has lectured widely and participated in numerous panel discussions on film around the world. He is a member of FIPRESCI (Fédération Internationale de la Presse Cinématographique), the National Society of Film Critics, and the Boston Society of Film Critics.

Nunsploitation at Hermenaut [...]

We're here to survey a group of low-budget European films of the '70s and '80s that make up a minor category sometimes known among video collectors as "nunsploitation" (an unfortunate term which I'll use only once more in this article). That is, softcore sex films set in convents populated by mischievous lesbian nuns, innocent nuns who get into trouble, and evil, power-mad nuns.

Why do these films exist? What needs called them into being? You don't have to be Kate Millett, Luce Irigaray, or the Marquis de Sade to figure out that nun pornography is about as textbook a vehicle as could be devised for men to express their love/hate ambivalence toward women. The lesbian scenes that are as obligatory in nun movies as I assume they are in real-life convents crystallize this ambivalence. A passage from Rosemary Curb in the groundbreaking book Lesbian Nuns: Breaking Silence is incisive: "Both nuns and Lesbians are emotionally inaccessible to male coercion... . A male-defined culture which moralizes about 'sins of the flesh' and the pollution and evil of women's carnal desires sees both nuns and Lesbians as 'unnatural' but at opposite poles on a scale of female virtue." Nunsploitation both celebrates and punishes this unnaturalness, commends and revenges this inaccessibility. -- Chris Fujiwara, http://www.hermenaut.com/a48.shtml, accessed May 2004

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