Simone Signoret: The Star as Cultural Sign

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A&C Black, Jun 22, 2004 - Social Science - 289 pages
In what may be the most in-depth study yet published of a film star's body of work, Susan Hayward charts the career of Simone Signoret, one of the great Frech actresses of the 20th Century.Signoret- who won an Oscar in 1960 for her performance in Room at the Top- was a key figure in French cinema for 40 years. But it is not so much her longevity that impresses, as it is the quality of work she produced as her career progressed. She started out as a stunningly beautiful woman, winning major international awards five times for her roles, and yet was only moderately in demand during those years. From the 1960s onwards, when her looks began to decline significantly, Signoret was in greater demand, and produced most of her output. She insisted on playing roles consonant with her real age, and often chose to play roles that portrayed wher as even more ugly than she had become.Simore Signoret: The Star as Cultural Sign is a remarkable achievement, a labor of love from one of the world's leading scholars of French cinema.
 

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
26
Section 3
55
Section 4
88
Section 5
101
Section 6
105
Section 7
106
Section 8
116
Section 11
127
Section 12
128
Section 13
129
Section 14
138
Section 15
148
Section 16
158
Section 17
180
Section 18
240

Section 9
117
Section 10
118

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About the author (2004)

Susan Hayward is Professor of French at the University of Exeter. She is the author of Cinema Studies: The Key Concepts (2000) and co-editor of French Film: Texts and Contexts (2000).

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