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Rachel Shand <[log in to unmask]>
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Thu, 14 Jan 2016 16:58:46 +0000
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Dear SCREEN-L Subscribers,

You might be interested in the launch of Classic Hollywood: Life Styles and Film styles 1930-1960 by Veronica Pravadelli including a screening of The Gold Diggers of 1933:
Saturday 23rd January 2016
13:45 - 18:00pm
BIMI - London

Click here to find out more:

Classic Hollywood

Lifestyles and Film Styles of American Cinema, 1930-1960
Veronica Pravadelli
Translated by Michael Meadows
 "Panoramic overviews alternate with convincing close readings of dozens of well-known films. . . . In confronting and developing these classic film texts, Pravadelli has produced her own outstanding reading of Hollywood classical style. Highly Recommended."--Choice
  "Pravadelli's examination and contextualization of on-screen gender dynamics of the 1930s-1960s makes a valuable contribution to film studies."--Journalism History
   Studies of "Classic Hollywood" typically treat Hollywood films released from 1930 to 1960 as a single interpretive mass. Veronica Pravadelli complicates this idea. Focusing on dominant tendencies in box office hits and Oscar-recognized classics, she breaks down the so-called classic period into six distinct phases that follow Hollywood's amazingly diverse offerings from the emancipated females of the "Transition Era" and the traditional men and women of the conservative 1930s that replaced it to the fantastical Fifties movie musicals that arose after anti-classic genres like film noir and women's films.
   Pravadelli sets her analysis apart by paying particular attention to the gendered desires and identities exemplified in the films. Availing herself of the significant advances in film theory and modernity studies that have taken place since similar surveys first saw publication, she views Hollywood through strategies as varied as close textural analysis, feminism, psychoanalysis, film style and study of cinematic imagery, revealing the inconsistencies and antithetical traits lurking beneath Classic Hollywood's supposed transparency.

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