The Beauty of the Real

The Beauty of the Real

What Hollywood Can Learn From Contemporary French Actresses

Book - 2012
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Looks at the wealth of talented actresses in France, noting such specific talents as Isabelle Huppert, Nathalie Baye, and Valeria Bruni Tedeschi.
Publisher: Stanford, California : Stanford General Books, c2012.
ISBN: 9780804768542
Branch Call Number: 791.436522 LASAL
Characteristics: viii, 238 p. : ill. ; 23 cm


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Jan 31, 2018

It is about women and about movies. It only has 230 pages. There are a lot of things discussed in it which can be tips for our life. The author, Mick LaSalle gave a talk at Stanford about this book a couple years ago. Here are some introductions :
Even as actresses become increasingly marginalized by Hollywood, French cinema is witnessing an explosion of female talent—a Golden Age unlike anything the world has seen since the days of Stanwyck, Hepburn, Davis, and Garbo. In France, the joy of acting is alive and well. Scores of French actresses are doing the best work of their lives in movies tailored to their star images and unique personalities. Yet virtually no one this side of the Atlantic even knows about them. Viewers who feel shortchanged by Hollywood will be thrilled to discover The Beauty of the Real.

Jan 28, 2017

If you love French actresses as much as I do, (and I love ALL of them), this is the book for you.

Apr 01, 2013

Very interesting book about how women are at the heart of French cinema, and not just in their youth. For the French, "women can [also] have overwhelming passions... [and] the actions resulting from these passions are worthy of interest, depiction and examination." (140) They are revered for what they represent, yet not discarded after wrinkles appear. Au contraire, careers stretch over three decades with some regularity, although in Hollywood one must look to the likes of Clark Gable for parallels. The comparison with Hollywood provides a useful matrix to bring out just what these qualities are, even if it wears a bit thin and becomes a touch odious. Some of us, you see, think that Hollywood has always had much to offer. More to come, once I've finished... See:

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