From perversion to purity : the stardom of Catherine Deneuve / edited by Lisa Downing and Sue Harris Downing, Lisa

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Downing, Lisa
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Deneuve, Catherine, 1943-; Motion picture actors and actresses - France.
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Catherine Deneuve is indisputably one of the world's most celebrated actresses, both in her own 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 Bunuel and Polanski. The Deneuve star persona has attained such iconic status as to come to symbolise the very essence of French womanhood and civic identity. In this 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. "Catherine Deneuve is indisputably one of the world's most celebrated actresses, both in her own native France and throughout the world. Her career has spanned five decades during which she has worked with some of the most significant French auteurs, as well as forging partnerships with international directors such as Polanski and Buñuel. Deneuve's star persona has attained iconic status, often being used as the symbol of French womanhood and civic identity. This wide-ranging collection of essays, by a selection of international film and cultural studies scholars, undertakes analyses of Deneuve's status as globally recognised actress and as glamorous fashion muse. The ambiguous and shifting associations of Deneuve with sexual frigidity, perversion, purity, maternity and ageing are read as symptoms of the ways in which female sexual and social identities are constructed, stereotyped and, indeed, contested in the popular European imaginary."--Back cover.
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