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

Undressing Cinema

Clothing and identity in the movies

Paperback Published: 6th November 1997
ISBN: 9780415139571
Number Of Pages: 248
For Ages: 1 - 17 years old

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From Audrey Hepburn in Givenchy, to sharp suited gangsters in Tarantino movies, clothing is a key element in the construction of cinematic identities. "Undressing Cinema," an innovative examination of the significance of clothes in film, proposes new and dynamic links between cinema, fashion and costume history, gender, queer theory and psychoanalysis. Exploring new film noir, the gangster movie and New Black Cinema, Stella Bruzzi analyzes assumptions about femininity and masculinity and examines the relationship between gender and dress in recent cinema, discussing such films as "Basic Instinct," "Disclosure," "The Last Seduction," "Goodfellas," "Reservoir Dogs," "La Femme Nikita," "Malcolm X," "Boyz 'N The Hood" and "New Jack City." Bruzzi also considers drag in films, and proposes a radical differentiation between the unerotic cross-dressing of "Mrs Doubtfire" and the eroticized ambiguity of the androgynous "Orlando."
With nearly 50 film stills, this handsome volume is a must for all film and fashion aficionados.

"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: 9780415139571
ISBN-10: 0415139570
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
For Ages: 1 - 17 years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 248
Published: 6th November 1997
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.2 x 15.7  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.39
Edition Number: 1