Undressing Cinema; Clothing and Identity in the Movies

Undressing Cinema; Clothing and Identity in the Movies

by Stella Bruzzi
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0415139562

ISBN-13: 9780415139564

Pub. Date: 11/28/1997

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

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,

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415139564
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
11/28/1997
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 2.00(d)

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