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Marilyn Times Five

Bruce Conner (US 1968-73, 16 mm, 13:00)

Looking at a film from the late 1960s, one can see repeating patterns in pornography. The footage comes from Apple Knockers and Coke, a famous porno loop from the late ’40s featuring Monroe look-alike Arline Hunter while the song “I’m Through With Love” by Marilyn herself is playing. Conner’s film, very reminiscent of deepfakes and celebrity lookalikes in the porn industry, brings about the topic of the audience’s fixation with celebrity sex tapes which was a “trend” in the early 2000s. Why do we feel like we need to be a part of an intimate moment of a celebrity? How do we relate to it? Is it arousing or just a breach of privacy?

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