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Looking for the "Great Whatzit": "Kiss Me Deadly" and Film Noir

Robert Lang
Cinema Journal
Vol. 27, No. 3 (Spring, 1988), pp. 32-44
DOI: 10.2307/1225290
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1225290
Page Count: 13
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Looking for the "Great Whatzit": "Kiss Me Deadly" and Film Noir
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Abstract

This essay identifies a "hom(m)o-sexual logic operative in "Kiss Me Deadly", equating the elusive box of radioactive material in the film with the phallus of Lacanian psychoanalysis. In their search for the "great whatzit" the film's protagonists dramatize and radically critique dominant culture's demand for exclusive heterosexuality.

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