Clothing and Identity in the Movies
By (author) Stella Bruzzi
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Undressing Cinema by Stella Bruzzi
Book DescriptionFrom 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.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415139564
(234mm x 156mm x 21mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 6-Nov-1997
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Men's Cinema, Hardback (September 2013)
A study of masculinity and film style. It is about identification as well as analysis, about mise-en-scene alongside representation and narrative. It offers a theorisation of men in Hollywood cinema via close textual analysis.
High Heels, Hardback (October 2011)
Featuring a selection of contemporary fashion photography, this title takes us on a visual odyssey through ideas of beauty, danger and seduction. It explores the confluence of art, fashion and fetish in the cult of high heels swooping down fashion show runways and city streets everywhere.
Close-up 03, Hardback (May 2008)» View all books by Stella Bruzzi
'Close-Up 03' is a collection of three individual studies specialising in close readings of films and TV. Each issue is devoted to the practice of detailed textual analysis of film and visual media.
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