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By Anne Helen Petersen
Gossip meets history—a compulsively readable number of Hollywood's so much infamous clashes and controversies within the spirit of Hollywood Babylon
Believe it or no longer, America's fascination with superstar tradition was once thriving good sooner than the times of TMZ, Perez Hilton, Charlie Sheen's breakdown and allegations opposed to Woody Allen. And the celebrities of yesteryear? They weren't constantly the saints that we lead them to out to be. movie professor Anne Helen Petersen is the following to set the list directly with Scandals of vintage Hollywood. Pulling little-known gemstones from the documents of movie heritage, Petersen unearths eyebrow-raising info, including:
The smear crusade opposed to the unique It woman, Clara Bow, begun by way of her ally The heartbreaking tale of Montgomery Clift's fast upward push to reputation, the automobile coincidence that destroyed his face, and the "long suicide" that Fatty Arbuckle's descent from Hollywood royalty, fueled through allegations of a boozy orgy became violent attack Why Mae West used to be arrested and jailed for "indecency charges" and lots more and plenty extra half biography, half cultural historical past, those tales disguise the stuff that movies are made from: love, intercourse, medications, illegitimate youngsters, illicit affairs, and botched cover-ups. yet it's no longer all simply tawdry gossip within the pages of this publication. The tales are all contextualized in the barriers of movie, cultural, political, and gender heritage, making for a learn that would tell because it entertains. in line with Petersen's renowned column at the Hairpin, yet that includes a hundred% new content material, Scandals of vintage Hollywood is sensationalism made clever.
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She is trying to work through that labyrinth now; she has entered the abyss of her shame which is wound up with the darkness of rapture. Although she sees herself as lost in the labyrinth with Hippolytus, only she is lost and always wasfor Phaedra was always trapped in the dark labyrinth where her own monster-passion forever dwells. Only her death will destroy her Minotaur, and the pressure of this speech, so perceptive in its psychology, so rich in its symbolism, so nervous in its cadence, allows us to grasp how bent Phaedra is on destruction.
Why did the gods do this? What is there in us that causes us to do such horrible things? Why are we born trapped? These are the kinds of questions never recognized by the young Antigone and never acknowledged by the shouting Anouilh. Although Antigone declares that she is of the "tribe that asks questions,'' she reveals herself as of the tribe that makes statements. In Antigone the declarative mood erases the question mark. Rejecting a life of "happiness," coldly casting aside Ismene who wants to die with her, courageously defiant as she calls Creon a "cook"alluding to his own statement that in the wings of this drama we find the "kitchen of politics"Antigone leaves the stage in an aura of relief because finally she is going to die.
The spring is wound up tight. It will uncoil of itself. That is what is so convenient in tragedy. The least little turn of the wrist will do the job. Anything will set it going: a glance at a girl who happens to be lifting her arms to her hair as you go by; a feeling when you wake up on a fine morning that you'd like a little respect paid to you today, as if it were as easy to order as a second cup of coffee; one question too many, idly thrown out over a friendly drinkand the tragedy is on. (p.
Scandals of Classic Hollywood: Sex, Deviance, and Drama from the Golden Age of Hollywood Cinema by Anne Helen Petersen