Agnes Varda between film, photography, and art / by Rebecca J. DeRoo
Oakland, California: University of California Press, c2018.
Call No: 81VAR DER Author: DeRoo, Rebecca J. Source: US Place: Oakland, California Publisher: University of California Press PubDate: c2018 PhysDes: x, 238 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm Subject: FILM; CRITICISM; FEMININITY IN FILMS; FEMINISM AND THE CINEMA; NOUVELLE VAGUE; MOVEMENTS AND STYLES IN FILM HISTORY; FRANCE; VARDA, AGNES; POINTE COURTE, LA (FR, Agnes Varda, 1954); BONHEUR, LE (FR, Agnes Varda, 1965); ONE SINGS, THE OTHER DOESN’T (FR/BE, Agnes Varda, 1977); DAGUERREOTYPES (FR/G, Agnes Varda, 1978) Summary: "Agnes Varda is a prolific film director, photographer, and artist whose cinematic career spans more than six decades. Today she is best known as the innovative “mother” of the French New Wave film movement of the 1950s and '60s and for her multimedia art exhibitions. Varying her use of different media, she is a figure who defies easy categorization. In this extensively researched book, Rebecca J. DeRoo demonstrates how Varda draws upon the histories of art, photography, and film to complicate the overt narratives in her works and to advance contemporary cultural politics. Based on interviews with Varda and unparalleled access to Varda's archives, this interdisciplinary study constructs new frameworks for understanding one of the most versatile talents in twentieth and twenty-first century culture. " -- BOOK BACK COVER Notes: Includes bibliographical references and index; Also issued online ISBN: 9780520279414 Contents: -- Acknowledgments -- Reinterpreting Varda: the mother of the new wave reframes its histories -- Complicating neorealism and the new wave: La Pointe Courte -- Filmic and feminist strategies: questioning ideals of happiness in Le Bonheur -- Reconsidering contradictions: feminist politics and the musical genre in L'une Chante, L'autre Pas -- The limits of documentary: identity and urban transformation in daguerreotypes -- Melancholy and merchandise: documenting and displaying widowhood in L'iIe Et Elle -- Varda now: autobiography, memory, and retrospective -- notes -- bibliography -- index -- More info
Beyond the looking glass : narcissism and female stardom in studio-era Hollywood
New York : Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2014.
Call No: 451-02(73) SAL Author: Salzberg, Ana Source: US Place: New York : Oxford Publisher: Berghahn Books PubDate: 2014 PhysDes: viii, 197 pages ; illustrations Subject: WOMEN IN FILMS; STUDIOS, FILM. USA; HOLLYWOOD; STARS. USA; HISTORY OF CINEMA. USA; FEMININITY IN FILMS Summary: "As living subjects rather than static icons, studio-era Hollywood actresses actively negotiated a balance between their public personas, film roles, and corporeal presence. The contemporary audience's engagement with the experience of these actresses unsettles the traditional model of narcissistic identification, which divides the off-screen spectator from his/her onscreen ideal. Exploring the fan's desire for a material connection to the performer - as well as the star's own dialogue between embodied experience and idealized image - this book traces on- and off-screen representations of narcissistic femininity in classical Hollywood through studies of stars like Greta Garbo, Ava Gardner, and Marilyn Monroe. Merging historical and theoretical concerns, with particular attention to the resonance of golden-age Hollywood in new media, this book explores the movie screen as a medium of shared experience between spectator and star." -- BOOK BLURB Notes: Includes bibliographical references and index -- Includes filmography ISBN: 9781782383994 Donation: donated by Senses of Cinema, 2014 Contents: Introduction: The Narcissistic Woman: Reflections and Projections -- 1. Garbo Talks: Expectation and Realization -- 2. Katharine Hepburn and a Hollywood Story -- 3. Vanishing Differences in Mildred Pierce (1945) and Leave Her to Heaven (1945) -- 4. One Touch of Venus: Ava Gardner, Rita Hayworth, and the Production Code -- 5. "Wherever There's Magic": Performance Time in Sunset Boulevard (1950) and All About Eve (1950) -- 6. Marilyn Monroe: "The Last Glimmering of the Sacred" -- 7. Neo-Screen Tests, Part One: Grace Kelly and Elizabeth Taylor -- 8. Neo-Screen Tests, Part Two: The Search for Scarlett Continues -- More info
The great mother domesticated : Sexual difference and sexual indifference in D. W. Griffith's Intolerance
Critical Inquiry (Spring 1989) vol.15 iss.3 p.510-555 More info
Hitchcock annual (1995-96) p.23-37 Author: Street, Sarah PhysDes: Serial Subject: SYMBOLISM IN FILMS; FEMININITY IN FILMS; HITCHCOCK, ALFRED; DIAL M FOR MURDER (US, Alfred Hitchcock, 1954); REAR WINDOW (US, Alfred Hitchcock, 1954); VERTIGO (US, Alfred Hitchcock, 1958); PSYCHO (US, Alfred Hitchcock, 1960); MARNIE (US, Alfred Hitchcock, 1964) Summary: Looks at the symbolism of the "feminine object" of the handbag in Hitchcock's films; most notably in "Dial M for Murder", "Rear Window", "Vertigo", "Psycho", and "Marnie." Discusses the representation of femininity and the ways in which it can be used in a powerful, resourceful and often subversive manner in the context of the patriarchal, pre-second-wave-feminism society in which Hitchcock's films were made. More info
Political animals : the new feminist cinema / Sophie Mayer
London ; New York: I.B. Tauris, 2016.
Call No: 744.7 MAY Author: Mayer, Sophie Edition: 2016 Place: London ; New York Publisher: I.B. Tauris PubDate: 2016 PhysDes: xii,260 : illustrated ; 23 cm Subject: FEMINISM AND THE CINEMA; FEMININITY IN FILMS; WOMEN AND THE CINEMA; BELLE (UK, Amma Asante, 2013); FROZEN (US, Chris Buck & Jennifer Lee, 2013); BIGELOW, KATHRYN; CAMPION, JANE; VARDA, AGNES; PERSEPOLIS (FR, Marjane Satrapi, 2007) Summary: Feminist filmmakers are hitting the headlines. The last decade has witnessed: the first Best Director Academy Award won by a woman; female filmmakers reviving, or starting, careers via analogue and digital television; women filmmakers emerging from Saudi Arabia, Palestine, Pakistan, South Korea, Paraguay, Peru, Burkina Faso, Kenya and The Cree Nation; a bold emergent trans cinema; feminist porn screened at public festivals; Sweden's A-Markt for films that pass the Bechdel Test; and Pussy Riot's online videos sending shockwaves around the world. A new generation of feminist filmmakers, curators and critics is not only influencing contemporary debates on gender and sexuality, but starting to change cinema itself, calling for a film world that is intersectional, sustainable, family-friendly and far-reaching. Political Animals argues that, forty years since Laura Mulvey's seminal essay 'Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema' identified the urgent need for a feminist counter-cinema, this promise seems to be on the point of fulfilment.
Forty years of a transnational, trans-generational cinema has given rise to conversations between the work of now well-established filmmakers such as Abigail Child, Sally Potter and Agnes Varda, twenty-first century auteurs including Kelly Reichardt and Lucretia Martel, and emerging directors such as Sandrine Bonnaire, Shonali Bose, Zeina Daccache, and Hana Makhmalbaf. A new and diverse generation of British independent filmmakers such as Franny Armstrong, Andrea Arnold, Amma Asante, Clio Barnard, Tina Gharavi, Sally El Hoseini, Carol Morley, Samantha Morton, Penny Woolcock, and Campbell X join a worldwide dialogue between filmmakers and viewers hungry for a new and informed point of view. Lovely, vigorous and brave, the new feminist cinema is a political animal that refuses to be domesticated by the persistence of everyday sexism, striking out boldly to claim the public sphere as its own. -- publisher's web site ISBN: 9781784533724 More info
Smart chicks on screen : representing women's intellect in film and television / edited by, Laura Mattoon D'Amore
Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, c2014.
Call No: 626:396SMA Author: Duncan, Stephen R.; Meade, Melissa; Chinen Biesen, Sheri; Levitt, Linda; Whitney, Allison; Feroli, Mikaela; Reese, De Anna J.; Tally, Margaret; Campbell, Raewyn; Stone, Amanda; Berstein, Rachel S. Source: US Place: Lanham Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield PubDate: c2014 PhysDes: 245 pages ; 23 cm Series: Film and History Subject: WOMEN IN FILMS; WOMEN ON TV; FEMININITY IN FILMS; FEMINISM AND THE CINEMA; HOLLIDAY, JUDY; CONTACT (AT, Bentley Dean & Martin Butler, 2009); MAD MEN [TV] (US, 2007); GREY'S ANATOMY [TV] (US, 2005-); GIRLS [TV] (US, 2012); SOME LIKE IT HOT (US, Billy Wilder, 1959); BORN YESTERDAY (US, George Cukor, 1950); BIG BANG THEORY, THE [TV] (US, 2007-); ELEMENTARY [TV] (US, 2012-) Summary: While women have long been featured in leading roles in film and television, the intellectual depictions of female characters in these mediums are out of line with reality. Women continue to be marginalized for their choices, overshadowed by men, and judged by their bodies. In fact, the intelligence of women is rarely the focus of television or film narratives, and on the rare occasion when smart women are showcased, their portrayals are undermined by socially awkward behavior or their intimate relationships are doomed to perpetual failure. While Hollywood claims to offer a different, more evolved look at women, these movies and shows often just repackage old character types that still downplay the intelligence and savvy of women.
In Smart Chicks on Screen: Representing Women’s Intellect in Film and Television, Laura Mattoon D’Amore brings together an impressive array of scholarship that interrogates the portrayal of females on television and in movies. Among the questions that the volume seeks to answer are: In what ways are women in film and television limited, or ostracized, by their intelligence? How do female roles reinforce standards of beauty, submissiveness, and silence over intellect, problem solving, and leadership? Are there women in film and television who are intelligent without also being objectified?
The thirteen essays by international, interdisciplinary scholars offer a wide range of perspectives, examining the connections—and disconnections—between beauty and brains in film and television. Smart Chicks on Screen will be of interest to scholars not only of film and television but of women’s studies, reception studies, and cultural history, as well. -- [Extract taken from the back of book] Notes: Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN: 9781442237476 Contents: 1.Not Just Born Yesterday: Judy Holliday, the Red Scare, and the (Miss-)Uses of Hollywood's Dumb Blonde Image / Stephen R. Duncan -- 2.The Fuzzy End of the Lollypop: Protofeminism and Collective Subjectivity in Some Like It Hot / Melissa Meade -- 3.Brainy Broads: Images of Women's Intellect in Film Noir / Sheri Chinen Biesen -- 4.Troubling Binaries: Women Scientists in 1950s B-Movies / Linda Levitt -- 5."The High Priestess of the Desert": Female Intellect and Subjectivity in Contact / Allison Whitney -- 6.Mad Men's Peggy Olson: A Prefeminist Champion in a Postfeminist TV Landscape / Stefania Marghitu -- 7.A Deeper Cut: Enlightened Sexism and Grey's Anatomy / Mikaela Feroli -- 8."There Is No Genius": Dr. Joan Watson and the Rewriting of Gender and Intelligence on CBS's Elementary / Natasha Patterson -- 9.Stories Worth Telling: How Kerry Washington Balances Brains, Beauty, and Power in Hollywood / De Anna J. Reese -- 10. Postfeminism, Sexuality, and the Question of Millennial Identity on HBO's Girls / Margaret J. Tally -- 11. I Can't Believe I Fell for Muppet Man!: Female Nerds and the Order of Discourse / Raewyn Campbell -- 12.Brains, Beauty, and Feminist Television: The Women of The Big Bang Theory / Amanda Stone -- 13.Too Smart for Their Own Good?: Images of Young Jewish Women in Television and Film / Rachel S. Bernstein More info
Sofia Coppola : a cinema of girlhood / Fiona Handyside
London ; New York: I.B. Tauris, 2017.
Call No: 81COP HAN Author: Handyside, Fiona Source: UK/US Place: London ; New York Publisher: I.B. Tauris PubDate: 2017 PhysDes: ix, 201 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm Series: International Library of the Moving Image ; 39 Subject: COPPOLA, SOFIA; STARS. USA; FEMININITY IN FILMS; FEMINISM AND THE CINEMA; HOUSES AND GARDENS IN FILMS; VIRGIN SUICIDES, THE (US, Sofia Coppola, 2000); LOST IN TRANSLATION (US, Sofia Coppola, 2003); MARIE ANTOINETTE (US, Sofia Coppola, 2006); SOMEWHERE (US/UK/IT/JA, Sofia Coppola, 2010); BLING RING, THE (US/UK/G/FR, Sofia Coppola, 2013) Summary: Sofia Coppola is widely regarded as one of the most astute, provocative and visionary directors in the contemporary film industry. She has received numerous accolades including an Academy Award and two Golden Globes, and in 2004 became the first ever American woman to be nominated for a Best Director Oscar. From 'The Virgin Suicides' to 'The Bling Ring', her work carves out new spaces for the expression of female subjectivity that embraces rather than rejects femininity. Fiona Handyside here considers the careful counter-balance of vulnerability with the possibilities and pleasures of being female in Coppola's films - albeit for the white and the privileged - through their recurrent themes of girlhood, fame, power, sex and celebrity ISBN: 9781784537159 Contents: Machine generated contents note: 1.Sofia Coppola: Postfeminist [d]au[gh]te[u]r? -- 2.Luminous Girlhoods: Sparkle and Light in Coppola's Films -- 3.`There's No Place Like Home!' The Exploded Home as Postfeminist Chronotope -- 4.Dressing Up and Playing About: Costume and Fashion More info