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Undressing Cinema : Clothing and identity in the movies - Stella Bruzzi

Undressing Cinema

Clothing and identity in the movies

Hardcover Published: 6th November 1997
ISBN: 9780415139564
Number Of Pages: 248

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From Audrey Hepburn in Givenchy, to sharp-suited gangsters in Tarantino movies, clothing is central to film. In Undressing Cinema, Stella Bruzzi explores how far from being mere accessories, clothes are key elements in the construction of cinematic identities, and she proposes new and dynamic links between cinema, fashion and costume history, gender, queer theory and psychoanalysis.
Bruzzi uses case studies drawn from contemporary popular cinema to reassess established ideas about costume and fashion in cinema, and to challenge conventional interpretations of how masculinity and femininity are constructed through clothing. Her wide-ranging study encompasses:
* haute couture in film and the rise of the movie fashion designer, from Givenchy to Gaultier
* the eroticism of period costume in films such as The Piano and The Age of Innocence
* clothing the modern femme fatale in Single White Female, Disclosure and The Last Seduction
* generic male chic in Goodfellas, Reservoir Dogs, and Leon
* pride, costume and masculinity in Blaxploitation' films, Boyz N The Hood and New Jack City
* drag and gender confusion in cinema, from the unerotic cross-dressing of Mrs Doubtfire to the eroticised ambiguity of Orlando.

"Surprisingly compelling, this one is for cinephiles and fashion fans alike." -"Shift Magazine

Acknowledgements
Introduction
Dressing up
Cinema and Haute Couture: Sabrina to Pretty Woman, Trop Belle Pour Toi!, Pret-a-Porterp. 3
Desire and the Costume Film: Picnic at Hanging Rock, The Age of Innocence, The Pianop. 35
Gender
The Instabilities of the Franco-American Gangster: Scarface to Pulp Fiction, Casino, Leonp. 67
The Screen's Fashioning of Blackness: Shaft, New Jack City, Boyz N the Hood, Waiting to Exhalep. 95
Clothes, Power and the Modern Femme Fatale: The Last Seduction, Disclosure, Single White Femalep. 120
Beyond gender
The Comedy of Cross-Dressing: Glen or Glenda, Mrs Doubtfire, The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desertp. 147
The Erotic Strategies of Androgyny: The Ballad of Little Jo, The Crying Game, Orlandop. 173
Notesp. 200
Filmographyp. 204
Bibliographyp. 208
Indexp. 217
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780415139564
ISBN-10: 0415139562
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 248
Published: 6th November 1997
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.77 x 16.51  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.65
Edition Number: 1