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AutorSUK, Lena Oak
TítuloBecoming modern in the movies: gender, class and urban space
OrientadorJeffrey Lesser
UniversidadeEmory University, Atlanta, 2014
Instituição/ProgramaDepartment of History
Data de entrega2014
Data de defesa2014
Descrição físicav.1; 349 f.
DisponibilidadeBiblioteca Emory
ResumoThis dissertation analyzes the phisical expression of modernity through two overlapping narratives: the emergence of women in public spaces of leisure in Brazil, and the history of movie-going in its largest city, São Paulo. In the early and mid-twentieth century, both cinemas and movie-going women were powerful symbols ofwhar was modern in Brazil. Cinemas screened the latest Hollywood films and imported advanced projection technologies. The presence of women in cinemas, streets, and shops signaled Brazil's entry into a cosmopolitan culture that was represented in glamorized images of Paris and New York. The focus on movie-going rather than movie-making reveals how modernity was physically constructed in the built spaces of cinemas, in the slender bodies of fashionable women, in the 'photogenic' gestures of actors, and in the practices of everyday moviegoers. It also emphasizes the transnational dimensions of local film culture as Brazilian movie fans wrote letters to their favorites stars and interpreted the images of Hollywood. The geographic, material and social accessbility of movie-going offers the oportunity to analyze how people of various class and racial backgrounds came together within cinemas, simultaneously sharing spaces and cretaing identitary differences. An investigation of class in cinemas reveals the history of middle-cless culture in Brazil, and how it was constructed through rituals of dating and images of romance. Through the close analysis of diverse sources such as photographs, blueprints, oral history, and literature, this dissertation examines how modern girls and cinema kings, Cartholic women's societies and shopgirls, municipal officials and everyday moviegoers, constructed modernity in Brazil through their interaction with cinema.

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