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Undressing Cinema: Clothing and identity in the movies: Clothes, Identities, Films [Paperback]

Stella Bruzzi
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6 Nov 1997
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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  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (6 Nov 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415139570
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415139571
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 15.6 x 23.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 359,140 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Surprisingly compelling, this one is for cinephiles and fashion fans alike."-"Shift Magazine

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All the films included in this chapter, featuring designs by a diverse range of couturiers such as Jean-Paul Gaultier, Coco Chanel and Giorgio Armani, articulate very different attitudes to the central premise, namely the use of clothes as spectacle and mechanisms for display. Read the first page
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very informative and easy to read 31 Mar 2002
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As designer of menswear fashion it made me realise the power that clothing holds within the film industry. Simple and to the point Bruzzi opens your eyes to the films hidden depths, from oppressive narcissism of the screen gangster to the flamboyance of the cross dresser. I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone interested in film.
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