From Perversion to Purity

The stardom of Catherine Deneuve

Edited by Lisa Downing and Sue Harris

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ISBN: 978-0-7190-7339-7
Subject Area: Film and Media
BIC Category: Individual film directors, film-makers
Published: June 2011
216 x 138 mm
194 pages
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Also available in: Hardback
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  • Catherine Deneuve is indisputably one of the world’s most celebrated actresses, both in her native France and throughout the world. Her career has spanned five decades during which she has worked with the most significant of French auteurs, as well as forging partnerships with international directors such as Buñuel and Polanski.

    The Deneuve star persona has attained such iconic status that it now symbolises the very essence of French womanhood and civic identity. In this wide-ranging and authoritative collection of essays by a selection of international film academics and writers, the Deneuve persona is scrutinised and illuminated. Beyond the glamorous iconographic status of Yves Saint Laurent’s muse, and the epitome of sexual inviolability, Deneuve’s status as actress is foregrounded.

    The book will be essential reading for students and lecturers in star studies.
    Lisa Downing and Sue Harris
    1. Polanski’s Deneuve. ‘Frigidity’ and Feminism
    Lisa Downing
    2. Buñuel Blonde
    Peter William Evans
    3. Demy and Deneuve: The Princess and the post-68 Fairytale
    Susan Weiner
    4. Deneuve’s Italian Interludes
    Pauline Small
    5. Incongruous Femininity: Catherine Deneuve and 1970s Political Culture
    Bridget Birchall
    6. ‘Madame La France’: Deneuve as Heritage Icon
    Sue Harris
    7. Of Faces and roles: Deneuve/Téchiné
    Bill Marshall
    8. Deneuve in the 1990s
    Cristina Johnston
    9. The Killing of Sister Catherine: Deneuve’s Lesbian Transformations
    Andrew Asibong
    10. Belle Toujours : Deneuve as Fashion icon
    Fiona Handyside
    Lisa Downing
    Lisa Downing is Professor of French and Director of the Centre for the Interdisciplinary Study of Sexuality and Gender in Europe at the University of Exeter ...
    Sue Harris
    Sue Harris is Senior Lecturer in French at Queen Mary, University of London ...
    A studious but approachable collection of essays and discussions, this should more than satisfy admirers of the star, as well s more serious students keen to explore the myth and meaning of her important contribution to international cinema.
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