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Macmillan Higher Education

Natalie Wood

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British Film Institute

Pages: 160
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Film Stars

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Paperback - 9781844576371

30 May 2016

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Ebook - 9781844576708

10 June 2016

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Throughout her career, Natalie Wood teetered precariously on the edge of greatness. Trained in the classical Hollywood studio style, but best mentored by Method directors, Wood was the ideal actress for roles depicting...

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Throughout her career, Natalie Wood teetered precariously on the edge of greatness. Trained in the classical Hollywood studio style, but best mentored by Method directors, Wood was the ideal actress for roles depicting shifting perceptions of American womanhood. Nonetheless, while many of her films are considered classics of mid-twentieth century American cinema, she is less remembered for her acting than she is for her mysterious and tragic death.

Rebecca Sullivan's lucid and engaging study of Natalie Wood's career sheds new light on her enormous, albeit uneven, contributions to American cinema. This persuasive text argues for renewed appreciation of Natalie Wood by situating her enigmatic performances in the context of a transforming star industry and revolutionary, post-war sexual politics.

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Rebecca Sullivan is a leading scholar on Natalie Wood, awarded two research grants for her work on Wood

The book contains excerpts from Wood's unseen films and rare interviews that are unavailable on DVD

Natalie Wood featured in two films on the American Film Institute's Top 100 Films list

Author explores broader themes in the text, such as the downfall of the Studio era and the sexual revolution

Acknowledgments
Introduction
1. The Child-Woman
2. The Sexual Hysteric
3. Racial and Sexual Ambiguity
4. A Sexual Libertine in the Suburbs
Conclusion: The Eternal Ingénue
Bibliography
Filmography
Index.

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REBECCA SULLIVAN is Professor and Coordinator of the Women's Studies program at the University of Calgary, Canada. She is the author of Visual Habits: Nuns, Feminism and Postwar American Popular Culture (2005) and Bonnie Sherr Klein's 'Not a Love Story' (2014), and co-author of Pornography: Structures, Agency and Performance (2015).

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REBECCA SULLIVAN is Professor and Coordinator of the Women's Studies program at the University of Calgary, Canada. She is the author of Visual Habits: Nuns, Feminism and Postwar American Popular Culture (2005) and Bonnie Sherr Klein's 'Not a Love Story' (2014), and co-author of Pornography: Structures, Agency and Performance (2015).

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