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Watching the Watcher in Magic Mike and Dance Girl Dance

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On watching Magic Mike, I immediately made a somewhat unexpected connection with Dorothy Arzner’s 1940 film Dance, Girl, Dance.
The time spent watching the watcher of the spectacle over the spectacle itself is unconventional in both films – raising questions about the gendered nature of scopophilia at play in the narrative and in our spectatorship. Here, I have re-edited a scene from Magic Mike in order to compare how the films play with watching and being watched.

For educational purposes only.

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