Chris Holmlund: Impossible Bodies
UK 2002, 237 pp., brochure, € 26.99Kostenloser Versand innerhalb Europas.
The book investigates issues of ethnicity, gender and sexuality at the margins of contemporary Hollywood. Examining stars from Arnold Schwarzenegger and Clint Eastwood to Whoopi Goldberg and Jennifer Lopez, the author focuses on actors whose physique or appearance marks them as unusual or exceptional, and yet who occupy key or revealing positions in today’s mainstream cinema. Exploring a range of genres and considering both stars and their sidekicks, the author examines ways in which Hollywood accommodates – or doesn’t – a variety of »impossible« bodies, from the »outrageous« physiques of Dolph Lundgren and Dolly Parton, to the almost-invisible bodies of Asian Americans, Latinas, and older actors. From the »Pumping Iron« documentaries to »The Quick and the Dead« and »Boys on the Side«, the author traces the broad shifts and startling disjunctures in what counts as desirable images of masculinity and femininity in mainstream cinema. From lesbian killers to Swedes who never play Swedes, »Impossible Bodies« considers how representations of ethnicity and race, gender and sexuality are played out in contemporary Hollywood films, and shows how popular cinema reflects and communicates contemporary values for audiences.