Download A Great Big Girl Like Me: The Films of Marie Dressler by Victoria Sturtevant PDF

By Victoria Sturtevant

In the 1st book-length research of Marie Dressler, MGM's so much ecocnomic superstar within the early Nineteen Thirties, Victoria Sturtevant analyzes Dressler's use of her physique to problem Hollywood's criteria for best girls. At 5 ft seven inches tall and 200 kilos, Dressler usually performed gruesome ducklings, previous maids, doting moms, and imperious dowagers. even though, her physique, her fearless physicality, and her athletic slapstick workouts commanded the monitor. Sturtevant translates the meanings of Dressler's physique via her vaudeville profession, her transgressive illustration of an "unruly" but sexual physique in Emma and Christopher Bean, principles of the physique politic within the movies Politics and Prosperity, and Dressler as a mythic physique in Min and Bill and Tugboat Annie.

Show description

Read or Download A Great Big Girl Like Me: The Films of Marie Dressler PDF

Similar arts & literature books

Unstill Life: Art, politics and living with Clifton Pugh

This portrait of a distinct partnership is usually the tale of a pivotal time and position in Australian paintings and politics. Judith and Clifton Pugh met in September 1970. He was once an artist with a world attractiveness; she was 20 years more youthful than him and had simply joined the Australian hard work celebration. Their decade jointly used to be a heady mixture of portray, coverage, and enjoyment the place the bounds among political, social, and artwork worlds have been blurred, reflecting the swiftly altering face of Australian society.

Walt Disney's Bongo

A kid's ebook approximately Bongo.

The Daybooks of Edward Weston; Two Volumes in One: I. Mexico, II. California

For greater than fifteen years, Edward Weston saved a diary during which he recorded his fight to appreciate himself, his society, and his medium. Seldom has an artist written approximately his lifestyles as vividly, in detail, or sensitively. His magazine has develop into a vintage of photographic literature. A towering determine in twentieth-century images, Weston sought to evoke human imaginative and prescient.

Ingmar Bergman: Magician and Prophet

Gervais exhibits additionally how Bergman's paintings resonates in a much wider sphere than the non-public. His movies, that are the ultimate within the heritage of cinema in caliber, consistency, and relevance, are an important moments in an ongoing dialog with western tradition in its frenetic evolution due to the fact that global battle II.

Additional info for A Great Big Girl Like Me: The Films of Marie Dressler

Example text

Dressler’s comedy is all about the body, and her body is excessive—too old, too large, and too active for feminine propriety. Because Dressler was large, her voice and gestures expansive, the way she occupied space was often read as masculine, transgressing the boundaries of feminine containment. In her very early years on stage, she was sometimes called upon to play male roles. She recalled, “As a general thing, I played the Queen, if there was one. 7 A review of her stage work described the androgyny of her stage presence: “Marie Dressler has a certain virility in her humor.

The Callahans and the Murphys is a study in ethnic body stereotypes, an exploration of how marginalized ethnicities work and play and fight with each other. And ethnic bodies, in this film, are the vehicles of excess and pollution. The largest target of this reading of ethnic bodies was of course the Irish. Nearly all the film’s gags were predicated on the notion that Irish bodies were coarse, excessive, undisciplined, drunken, dirty, and hypersexual. The original opening showed Ma Callahan pulling fleas off herself because she and her young sons all share a bed with the family dog.

It is precisely the fact that this kind of caricature of stock Irish characters had nearly disappeared in 1927 that fanned the controversy around the film’s regression to the bad old days. 12 Moore’s most obvious Irish-assimilation film, Irene, was released in 1926, just a year ahead of The Callahans and the Murphys. This film cast Moore as a spunky and virtuous daughter of Irish immigrants who first achieves success as a fashion model (model minority, indeed) and then marries her wealthy boss.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.15 of 5 – based on 5 votes