Invention Of Dolores Del Rio Joanne Hershfield

ISBN: 9780816634095

Published: May 16th 2000

Hardcover

184 pages


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Invention Of Dolores Del Rio  by  Joanne Hershfield

Invention Of Dolores Del Rio by Joanne Hershfield
May 16th 2000 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, RTF | 184 pages | ISBN: 9780816634095 | 6.37 Mb

Dolores del Rio first came to Hollywood from Mexico in 1925 and within a year had become an international star for her role in Raoul Walshs 1926 film What Price Glory. She would go on to work with Hollywoods top directors, including John ford andMoreDolores del Rio first came to Hollywood from Mexico in 1925 and within a year had become an international star for her role in Raoul Walshs 1926 film What Price Glory.

She would go on to work with Hollywoods top directors, including John ford and Krug Vidor, and star opposite such leading men as Henry Fonda, Fred Astaire, Orson Welles (with whom she had a scandalous affair), and Elvis Presley. Voted by Photoplay magazine in 1933 as having the most perfect feminine figure in Hollywood, del Rio was billed as one of cinemas most exotic and aristocratic beauties. This image -- carefully crafted by her producers, her studio publicists, and by del Rio herself -- reveals many fascinating insights into Hollywoods evolving attitudes toward race and femininity.In The Invention of Dolores del Rio, Joanne Hershfield explores the intersection of ethnicity, gender, and stardom in American popular culture through the lens of del Rios successful and unusually lengthy career, which lasted until the 1960s.

Hershfield offers close reachings of del Rios films -- discussing in detail the roles she played, her costumes and makeup, the music and mise-en-scene, advertising, publicity, and reviews -- that provide a nuanced understanding of how Hollywood constructed del Rio as an exotic commodity and blunted the inherent challenge her sexual and ethnic image posed to both prevailing standards of white femininity and widespread injunctions against miscegenation. Throughout tins astute and imaginative case study, Hershfield looks at del Rios Hollywood films in relation to shifting ideologies about nationality, gender, and race between the 1920s and 1960s, offering an important contribution to thedebate surrounding Hollywoods ability to both reflect the nations racial and sexual obsessions and influence its perceptions about ethnic and gender identity.



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