The Virgin and the Madwoman: How Hollywood Views the Actress
Stone, Amanda Kathryn
Savannah, Georgia: Savannah College of Art and Design
Thesis (M.F.A.) -- Cinema Studies
Savannah College of Art and Design -- Department of Cinema Studies
Includes bibliographical references (pages 56-58)
Filmography: page 52
"This thesis will explore the evolution of the actress in Hollywood reflexive films from the early silent era until the early 1980s. Actresses in films about filmmaking were often used by the industry for multiple purposes: to entice early film audiences, to provide a hard working and ambitious figure with whom Depression audiences could relate, or to represent women’s gains throughout the twentieth century. This thesis is particularly interested in how the view of actresses transformed from a young ingénue to a murderous hag after World War II. I will utilize close readings of numerous films to explore how and why Hollywood’s view of the actress changed dramatically in just a few decades."
Keywords: Hollywood, reflexivity, feminism, monstrous, actress
CHAIR: Newsom, Chad
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