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Elizabeth A. Ford

The Makeover in Movies: Before and After in Hollywood Films, 1941-2002

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ISBN: 0786417218
Издательство: McFarland & Company
Год издания: 2004
Страниц: 232
Book DescriptionThe plots of many films pivot on the moment when a dowdy girl with bad hair, ill-fitting outdated clothing, and thick glasses is changed into an almost unrecognizable glamour girl. Makeover scenes such as these are examined beginning with1942?s Now, Voyager. The study examines whether the film makeover is voluntary or involuntary, whether it is always successful, how much screen time it takes up, where in the narrative structure it falls, and how the scene is actually filmed. Films with a Pygmalion theme, such as My Fair Lady, Vertigo, and Shampoo, are examined in terms of gender relations: whether the man is content with his creation and what sort of woman is the ideal. Some films? publicity capitalizes ona glamorous star?s choice to play an unattractive character, as discussed in a chapter examining stars like Bette Davis, Meryl Streep, and Cameron Diaz. Topics also include folk literature?s Cinderella tale, men as the...