Kobiece spojrzenia, chłopięce ciała - męskość w klasycznym kinie Hollywood
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Female Gaze, Boyish Bodies – Masculinity in Classic Hollywood Cinema
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The concept of masculinity in classic Hollywood Cinema was as strong and strict as in culture itself. As was the division between what is masculine and nonmasculine – rooted not only in stories told on screen, but also in cinematic ways in which those stories were told (lighting, camera angles etc.). According to longstanding classic Hollywood rules only femininity could be eroticised – never masculinity. Therefore, as Laura Mulvey insists, popular cinema was designed for a straight male viewer and for his point of view. However, as is widely known, there was (and is) a number of male stars, especially those that entered Hollywood since the ‘50s, that were defined either mostly, or also by their sexuality. Article shows that widening of the category of “non-masculine” (that in that period included women, boys, homosexuals and non-white males) made it possible also for male bodies to be shown and perceived as sexual spectacles.
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