From Perversion to PurityThe stardom of Catherine Deneuve
Edited by Lisa Downing and Sue Harris
Subject Area: Film and Media
BIC Category: Individual film directors, film-makers
Published: June 2011
216 x 138 mm
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Also available in: Hardback
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
2. Buñuel Blonde
Peter William Evans
3. Demy and Deneuve: The Princess and the post-68 Fairytale
4. Deneuve’s Italian Interludes
5. Incongruous Femininity: Catherine Deneuve and 1970s Political Culture
6. ‘Madame La France’: Deneuve as Heritage Icon
7. Of Faces and roles: Deneuve/Téchiné
8. Deneuve in the 1990s
9. The Killing of Sister Catherine: Deneuve’s Lesbian Transformations
10. Belle Toujours : Deneuve as Fashion icon
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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