Presented on Tuesday 17 December 2019 at Behind Eyes Wide Shut, a symposium. Organisers: University of the Arts, London Archives and Special Collections Centre andthe Centre for Film, Television, and Screen Studies at Bangor University in Wales Abstract Stanley’s last message to the viewer, the grand finale of his cinematic statement, is the word fuck. […]
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