Undressing Cinema; Clothing and Identity in the Movies

Undressing Cinema; Clothing and Identity in the Movies

by Stella Bruzzi
     
 

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

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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.

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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)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction
Pt. IDressing up
1Cinema and Haute Couture: Sabrina to Pretty Woman, Trop Belle Pour Toi!, Pret-a-Porter3
2Desire and the Costume Film: Picnic at Hanging Rock, The Age of Innocence, The Piano35
Pt. IIGender
3The Instabilities of the Franco-American Gangster: Scarface to Pulp Fiction, Casino, Leon67
4The Screen's Fashioning of Blackness: Shaft, New Jack City, Boyz N the Hood, Waiting to Exhale95
5Clothes, Power and the Modern Femme Fatale: The Last Seduction, Disclosure, Single White Female120
Pt. IIIBeyond gender
6The Comedy of Cross-Dressing: Glen or Glenda, Mrs Doubtfire, The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert147
7The Erotic Strategies of Androgyny: The Ballad of Little Jo, The Crying Game, Orlando173
Notes200
Filmography204
Bibliography208
Index217

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