Film Writing

 

 

  2017   The Onscreen Makeover: Conflicting messages of inner and outer beauty in
A Star is Born and Beyond the Lights

A conference paper delivered at All About Cinderella: retellings in the cultural imagination, University of Bedfordshire, 9-10 June 2017

 

The on-screen makeover is a rites of passage, the moment when the ugly duckling child becomes a swan-like woman. But the message can be troublesome and too much makeup can transform the subject into someone whose surface does not reflect who they feel they really are.

In this paper I look at the star makeover in A Star is Born (George Cukor, 1954) and Beyond the Lights (Gina Prince-Bythewood, 2014). Films where makeup can be either an indicator of sexual availability, or a medium to turn you into the person you think you could be.

 

‘Suppose we try the Crawford mouth.’ A Star is Born (George Cukor, 1954)
     

 

 

  2012   The Stylistic Features of Italian Neorealism
 

Paintings from Film Diary #23 and #24 after Rome Open City, La Terra Trema and Osessione
 

 


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