A Great Big Girl Like Me: The Films of Marie Dressler (Women by Victoria Sturtevant

By Victoria Sturtevant

during this research of Marie Dressler, MGM's so much ecocnomic celeb within the early Thirties, Victoria Sturtevant analyzes Dressler's use of her physique to problem Hollywood's criteria for top girls. At 5 ft seven inches tall and 2 hundred kilos, Dressler frequently performed gruesome ducklings, outdated maids, doting moms, and imperious dowagers. besides the fact that, her physique, her fearless physicality, and her athletic slapstick exercises commanded the reveal. Sturtevant translates the meanings of Dressler's physique by means of taking a look at her vaudeville occupation, her transgressive illustration of an "unruly" but sexual physique in Emma and Christopher Bean, rules 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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