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  • Marlene Dietrich’s Re-Education of American Female Sensuality

    This post was originally written for my MA Film and Literature course “Cold War Culture: Literature, Film, Theory in Cold War Europe” at the University of York (lecturer Dr. Erica Sheen).  The most poignant line Marlene Dietrich has in A Foreign Affair is when she asks her American army officer lover, “What do you think it […]
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  • Jimmy Stewart and the American Dream

    This post in honour of James Stewart’s birthday is an essay originally written for my “Crash to Crisis: American Cinema 1931-2015” course as part of my Film and Literature MA at the University of York.James Stewart’s star persona navigated the country’s disillusionment with the American dream in the years immediately before, during, and after WWII. […]
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  • The Great Katharine Hepburn Blogathon 2016 is upon us!

    Visit the announcement post for more information about how you can participate.Today is Katharine Hepburn’s birthday (May 12) and we have an excellent line-up of posts from across the classic film blogosphere devoted to the life and films of this magnificent actress.A big thank you to everyone who has signed up to participate in this blogathon. Your […]
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  • God and the Angel: Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh

    This post is written in conjunction with the Star-Studded Couple Blogathon hosted by Phyllis Loves Classic Movies.“If we loved each other only with our bodies I suppose it would be alright. I love you with much more than that. I love you with, oh everything somehow, with a special kind of soul.” (Olivier to Leigh, […]
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  • Announcing the Great Katharine Hepburn Blogathon 2016

    *Go to The Great Katharine Hepburn Blogathon 2016 is upon us! to view an updated roster of blogathon submissionsBack by popular demand! Announcing the 3rd annual Great Katharine Hepburn Blogathon 2016, which will take place Katharine Hepburn’s birthday, May 12-14. Hepburn was born May 12, 1907. She won an unprecedented 4 Academy Awards over her 63-year career, making […]
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  • All the Oscars Katharine Hepburn DIDN’T Win

    This film is written in conjunction with the Oscar Snubs Blogathon hosted by Silver Scenes.Anybody following the Academy Awards excitement will have probably seen the various Oscars trivia posts floating around the web, most of them giving a nod to the great Katharine Hepburn and her unprecedented 4 Oscar wins.You may also know that Hepburn […]
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  • FLASH BLOGATHON: #CurateMyLife Classic Film Style

    As part of my Cultural Heritage Management course at the University of York, we are conducting a social media campaign/experiment, asking contributors to share images with the hashtag #curatemylife. The goal is to connect the public with a sense of heritage and to see how their lives contribute to our understanding of culture.Read more about […]
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  • Adapting Susan Vance: From Short Story to Script

    This post is an excerpt from an academic paper for my Film/Literature Encounters core MA module taught by Dr. Erica Sheen at the University of York.The presence of the Katharine Hepburn star persona in Bringing Up Baby (1938) forces a deviation from the film script, transforming the Susan character from a manipulative opportunist into the free-spirited […]
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  • A Legacy of ‘Difficult Women’: from 18th century Britain to classic Hollywood

    This weekend I had the privilege of attending the ‘Difficult Women: 1680-1830’ Conference hosted by the Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies at the University of York. This was a two-day interdisciplinary event which included presentations from the fields of literature, history, history of art, costuming/history of fashion, theatre history, and women’s studies.In examining the prominent women […]
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  • Introducing “Charlie’s Angels”: A Brief Rant

    “Charlie’s Angels” (1976-1981)“Once upon a time, there were three little girls who went to the police academy.”It is true that the whole set up of the “Charlie’s Angels” show is a bit patronizing. The title itself suggests these women are Charlie’s personal Playboy bunnies. But there is a twist on the whole “sexy-detectives” theme – […]
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