By Victoria Sturtevant

during this examine of Marie Dressler, MGM's so much ecocnomic celebrity within the early Thirties, Victoria Sturtevant analyzes Dressler's use of her physique to problem Hollywood's criteria for best women. At 5 toes seven inches tall and 2 hundred kilos, Dressler frequently performed grotesque ducklings, previous maids, doting moms, and imperious dowagers. even though, her physique, her fearless physicality, and her athletic slapstick workouts commanded the reveal. Sturtevant translates the meanings of Dressler's physique by means of taking a look at her vaudeville profession, her transgressive illustration of an "unruly" but sexual physique in Emma and Christopher Bean, principles of the physique politic within the motion pictures Politics and Prosperity, and Dressler as a mythic physique in Min and invoice and Tugboat Annie.

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