New PDF release: A Great Big Girl Like Me: The Films of Marie Dressler (Women

By Victoria Sturtevant

during this learn of Marie Dressler, MGM's such a lot ecocnomic celebrity within the early Thirties, Victoria Sturtevant analyzes Dressler's use of her physique to problem Hollywood's criteria for top girls. At 5 toes seven inches tall and 2 hundred kilos, Dressler usually performed grotesque ducklings, outdated maids, doting moms, and imperious dowagers. even if, her physique, her fearless physicality, and her athletic slapstick exercises commanded the display. Sturtevant translates the meanings of Dressler's physique by means of her vaudeville occupation, her transgressive illustration of an "unruly" but sexual physique in Emma and Christopher Bean, principles of the physique politic within the motion pictures Politics and Prosperity, and Dressler as a mythic physique in Min and invoice and Tugboat Annie.

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