Like a Natural Woman: Spectacular Female Performance in Classical Hollywood (Hardback)Kirsten Pullen (author)
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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.
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 549 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 23 mm
--Adrienne L. McLean "author of Being Rita Hayworth: Labor, Identity, and Hollywood Stardom "