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Deconstructing Dirty Dancing by [Naish, Stephen Lee]
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For all those inexplicably drawn to Dirty Dancing again and again, here's a book that will finally make it feel like more than a ""guilty pleasure,"" that will intellectually legitimize your love for the movie you'd never previously admit is your real and forever favorite, at least not in front of polite company. Stephen Lee Naish helps the 80s gem rise up the cinema ranks. The moment you put the book down, you'll want to put Dirty Dancing on for another spin. --Holly Grigg-Spall, author of Sweetening the Pill: or How We Got Hooked on Hormonal Birth Control

About the Author

Stephen Lee Naishs writing explores film, politics, and popular culture. His essays have appeared in Candid Magazine, The Quietus, Empty Mirror, 3:AM, and The Hong Kong Review of Books. He is the author of the essay collection U.ESS.AY: Politics and Humanity in American Film (Zer0 Books) and the forthcoming book Create or Die: Essays on the Artistry of Dennis Hopper (Amsterdam University Press). He lives in Kingston, Ontario.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2483 KB
  • Print Length: 89 pages
  • Publisher: Zero Books (28 April 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B06XX35XTS
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4.0 out of 5 stars Recommended 28 April 2017
By Y.S. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Dirty Dancing is just a chick flick, right? Stephen Lee Naish argues that the movie is more than that. In his book, he explores the topics of gender, class and transitioning from child to adult that can be found in the movie. He even compares Dirty Dancing with a movie by David Lynch.

That may sound a little crazy and I was wondering how he was going to do this. But his argumentation is comprehensible and a lot less far-fetched than I feared it might be. He takes the reader through the movie scene by scene, explaining quickly what happens in that scene before analysing it. That made it easy to follow even though I watched the movie only once some time ago.
In the end, there's a short essay on his personal experience watching Dirty Dancing several times in his life.

I really appreciated a male's perspective on what is considered to be a movie that only women like. And I also enjoyed learning about the underlying topics in the movie and seeing that it's more complex than it seems to be at first sight. Another thing that I thought was interesting was that he showed how the lyrics of the soundtrack correspond to the story because I hadn't paid attention to that. Now I'm looking forward to watching the movie again and finding some new details that I hadn't noticed before.

I would recommend this book to anyone that likes or even loves the movie. It might also be helpful for students that want to write a paper on Dirty Dancing or movie analysis in general.
4.0 out of 5 stars Deconstructing Dirty Dancing 27 Jun. 2017
By Kristine Fisher - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Deconstructing Dirty Dancing by Stephen Lee Nash is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in mid-April.

Many, many philosophical interpretations in addition to the plain-Jane synopsis/behind-the-scenes info that other movie-related books usually offer. Lee Nash does a full, scene-by-scene watch-thru of the movie and intersperses his writing with input from the screenwriter, Eleanor Bergstein, and other cinema writers; particularly Michele Schreiber and her book, American Post-Feminist Cinema (which I should really try and track down to read, too). I really enjoyed the reference to Dirty Dancing as being 'Star Wars for girls,' commonalities between it and that of the movie 'Blue Velvet,' Schreiber's interpretation of the plot as being First Meeting/Courtship/Consummation/Problem/Resolution/End (with the Transformation being love as a transformative agent for someone to become a better version of themselves), the character Robbie being a Randian Egoist and a literal Fountain of water being poured on his Head, Patrick Swayze's belief in Johnny & Penny's relationship being the one that lasts after the events of the movie occur, and deleted scenes that would've changed an audience opinion against Johnny or the owner's nephew, Neil.
4.0 out of 5 stars Deconstructing Dirty Dancing 8 May 2017
By Kathryn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I received this ARC from NetGalley as a Read Now selection. I'm not quite sure what I was exactly expecting. It is a short book of less than 100 pages. It was a decent book and relatively fast read. It is a commentary of the entire Dirty Dancing movie. Parts of it were interesting and other parts not so much. I don't think I've seen the movie in at least 20-25 years. I loved the music and really liked Patrick Swayze as most girls in the 80s did. I would like to eventually see the movie again and see if I notice this time around much of the social commentary that could have been taken from the movie
3.0 out of 5 stars I first watched this movie as a preteen when my ... 15 April 2017
By Taylor - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I first watched this movie as a preteen when my older sisters rented it. I have realized that there was quite a bit in the story that went over my head. It was interesting to explore the class divisions that were represented in the film. I may watch the film again soon to see if I agree with the author's ideas behind the symbolism.

* I received a digital copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
4.0 out of 5 stars A must read for an Dirty Dancing or film critic 2 May 2017
By Kate Klassa - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
A must read for an Dirty Dancing or film critic; I've always loved reading film analysis essays and this book is an excellent one on an old classic. I read the whole piece in one sitting and was fascinated by the nuances of the film that I had never noticed before. I loved how the author not only analysed each scene but also defended the plotline choices made to show why they were vital for the audience's reaction to the film.
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