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I don't know of any films dealing with both cosmetic surgery and race,
but there is a wonderful, off-the-beaten-track made-for-TV film about
cosmetic surgery written by Joan Rivers and starring Stockard Channing.
It's called "The Girl Most Likely To," and unlike *Seconds* where the
surgery gives a new face via a new actor or *Dark Passage* where we
don't even get to see the old face (except in a newspaper photograph),
in "The Girl..." Stockard Channing plays both the supposed "uglye
duckling" before the surgery (which is necessitated by a suicidal
car crash) and the "bombshell" aftereffect.  Her new face then makes
her want to go kill everyone who was mean to her before.  The effects
of surgery are presented a bit like a makeover:  somehow the surgery
has the effect of poofing up Channing's hair and giving her glossy
lipstick, whereas beforehand she's given asymmetrical make-up.  The
effect is somewhat ironic:  it's as if it wasn't the surgery that
had the effect of changing her but rather something else.
  It's been years since I've seen this film, but I remember finding
it rather droll....
Sincerely,
Edward R. O'Neill
 
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