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Essman, E. (2015). Her Directed by Spike Jonze Annapurna Pictures, 2013; 126 min.Under the Skin Directed by Jonathan Glazer Film 4, 2013; 108 min.Lucy Directed by Luc Besson EuropaCorp, TFI Films Inc., 2014; 89 min.. Fort Da, 21(1):119-125.

(2015). Fort Da, 21(1):119-125

Her Directed by Spike Jonze Annapurna Pictures, 2013; 126 min.Under the Skin Directed by Jonathan Glazer Film 4, 2013; 108 min.Lucy Directed by Luc Besson EuropaCorp, TFI Films Inc., 2014; 89 min.

Review by:
Eric Essman, M.A.

Lost in Transubstantiation

… in addition to being a movie star and object of desire and obsession and worship and fantasy, Scarlett Johansson is a human being.

— L. Anolik, Vanity Fair, 2014

It's like all things that make us human are fading away.

— S. Johannson, in Lucy, 2014

O that this too too solid flesh would melt and resolve itself into a dew…

— Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act I, Sc. 2.

A devotional icon is an invitation to wonder. It presents the face of spiritual abstractions, transmitting charisma by means of an image. In contrast to portraits, or caricatures that isolate and exaggerate features epitomizing a unique identity, icons subordinate individuation to the purpose of communicating states of being. Yet, unlike the stereotypical masks of classical Greek drama or traditional Japanese Noh theater, their familiarity is more comforting than cathartic or ancestrally haunted.

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