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The Resource Like a natural woman : spectacular female performance in classical Hollywood, Kirsten Pullen

Like a natural woman : spectacular female performance in classical Hollywood, Kirsten Pullen

Label
Like a natural woman : spectacular female performance in classical Hollywood
Title
Like a natural woman
Title remainder
spectacular female performance in classical Hollywood
Statement of responsibility
Kirsten Pullen
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Bathing beauty Esther Williams, bombshell Jane Russell, exotic Carmen Miranda, chanteuse Lena Horne, and talk-show fixture Zsa Zsa Gabor are rarely hailed as great actors or as naturalistic performers. Those terms of praise are given to male stars like Marlon Brando and James Dean, whose gritty dramas are seen as a departure from the glossy spectacles in which these stars appeared. Like a Natural Woman challenges those assumptions, revealing the skill and training that went into the work of these five actresses, who employed naturalistic performance techniques, both onscreen and off. Bringing a fresh perspective to film history through the lens of performance studies, Kirsten Pullen explores the ways in which these actresses, who always appeared to be "playing themselves," responded to the naturalist notion that actors should create authentic characters by drawing from their own lives. At the same time, she examines how Hollywood presented these female stars as sex objects, focusing on their spectacular bodies at the expense of believable characterization or narratives. Pullen not only helps us appreciate what talented actresses these five women actually were, but also reveals how they sought to express themselves and maintain agency, even while meeting the demands of their directors, studios, families, and fans to perform certain feminine roles. Drawing from a rich collection of classic films, publicity materials, and studio archives, Like a Natural Woman lets us take a new look at both Hollywood acting techniques and the performance of femininity itself"--
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Provided by publisher
Cataloging source
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http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Pullen, Kirsten
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Women in motion pictures
  • Motion picture actors and actresses
  • PERFORMING ARTS
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE
  • PERFORMING ARTS
  • Motion picture actors and actresses
  • Women in motion pictures
  • California
Label
Like a natural woman : spectacular female performance in classical Hollywood, Kirsten Pullen
Instantiates
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 201-226) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
""Title Page ""; ""Copyright ""; ""Contents ""; ""Preface""; ""Introduction. Playing Herself: The Naturalist Paradigm and the Spectacle of Female Sexuality ""; ""1. Engineered for Stardom: Publicity, Performance, and Jane Russell ""; ""2. More than a Mermaid: Esther Williams, Performance, and the Body ""; ""3. Light Egyptian: Lena Horne and the Representation of Black Femininity ""; ""4. Carnival!: Carmen Miranda and the Spectacle of Authenticity ""; ""5. Famous for Being Famous: Persona, Performance, and the Case for Zsa Zsa Gabor ""; ""Notes""; ""Index""
Control code
ocn891590825
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xi, 245 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780813562667
Lccn
2013040629
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
Other physical details
illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt878wrx
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)891590825
Label
Like a natural woman : spectacular female performance in classical Hollywood, Kirsten Pullen
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 201-226) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
""Title Page ""; ""Copyright ""; ""Contents ""; ""Preface""; ""Introduction. Playing Herself: The Naturalist Paradigm and the Spectacle of Female Sexuality ""; ""1. Engineered for Stardom: Publicity, Performance, and Jane Russell ""; ""2. More than a Mermaid: Esther Williams, Performance, and the Body ""; ""3. Light Egyptian: Lena Horne and the Representation of Black Femininity ""; ""4. Carnival!: Carmen Miranda and the Spectacle of Authenticity ""; ""5. Famous for Being Famous: Persona, Performance, and the Case for Zsa Zsa Gabor ""; ""Notes""; ""Index""
Control code
ocn891590825
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xi, 245 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780813562667
Lccn
2013040629
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
Other physical details
illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt878wrx
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)891590825

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