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'If we stretch our imaginations'; the monstrous-feminine mother in Rolf de Heer's "Bad Boy Bubby" (1993) and "Alexandra's Project" (2003)

Starrs, D. Bruno (2008) 'If we stretch our imaginations'; the monstrous-feminine mother in Rolf de Heer's "Bad Boy Bubby" (1993) and "Alexandra's Project" (2003). Scope: An Online Journal of Film Studies.

Abstract

Rolf de Heer’s films Bad Boy Bubby (1993) and Alexandra’s Project (2003) are interpreted with regard to Barbara Creed’s 1993 concept of the monstrous-feminine. Both films feature horrific mothers whose unrestrained libidos over-ride their maternal responsibilities. In Bad Boy Bubby the mother disregards the incest taboo and sleeps with her son, while in Alexandra’s Project the mother fails to acknowledge the paternal order, working as a prostitute and stealing her children away from their father. Evolutionary film theory is shown to explain the repulsion such mothers inspire, and the appeal of the horror film in general, at least as effectively as psychoanalytic film theory.

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ID Code: 8739
Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: For more information, please refer to the journal’s website (see hypertext link) or contact the author. Author contact details: d.starrs@student.qut.edu.au
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Keywords: Psychoanalytic film theory, Monstrous, feminine, Evolutionary film theory, Rolf de Heer, Bad Boy Bubby (1993), Alexandra’s Project (2003)
ISSN: 1465-9166
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > FILM TELEVISION AND DIGITAL MEDIA (190200) > Film and Television (190204)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > FILM TELEVISION AND DIGITAL MEDIA (190200) > Cinema Studies (190201)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > FILM TELEVISION AND DIGITAL MEDIA (190200)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 The Author
Copyright Statement: Scope: An Online Journal of Film Studies is the original source of the publication.
Deposited On: 10 Aug 2007
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 22:43

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