Friday, March 16, 2018

Mae West; Fallen, Devious

While you’re sleeping, college professors in Hungary are thinking about MAE WEST. Here’s a long, striking research paper you might have missed. This is Part 30.
• • "Mae West. The Dirty Snow White" • •
• • Written by:  Zsófia Anna Tóth
• • they were easily seduced • •
• • Zsófia Anna Tóth wrote: By asserting time continuity, Matuska alleges that “[n]o matter whether we take the perspective of 16th century audiences or 20th century critics, a basic problem with the Vice has always been the sense of comedy that makes him, although evil, appealing” (2005, 2).
• • Zsófia Anna Tóth wrote: Mae West is always appealing and attractive in all her acts and performances and her audiences were easily seduced by all her doings.
• • Fallen, Devious • •
• • Zsófia Anna Tóth wrote: The power of Mae West greatly lies in her duality and complexity as a comic, fallen, devious and, at the same time, appealing person, performer and creator. Matuska emphasizes that the comic and the evil in the figure of the Vice should not be separated because this duality is exactly that endows it/him with a unique power: “[i]nstead of separating the comic and destructive elements in the Vice, we should rather see them inseparable: a unique merger that is intrinsic to the character, and that gives him the unfathomable energy and power he possesses” (2005)
• • always nonchalant • •  . . . 
• • This was Part 30 of a lengthy article. Part 31 will follow on Monday. 
• • Source: Americana — — E-Journal of American Studies in Hungary; Vol. XI, No. 1, Spring 2015.
• • On Sunday, 16 March 1930 • •
• • It has been reported by multiple sources that Mae West's "Pleasure Man" trial began on 16 March 1930. But since March 16th was actually a Sunday, that date is imprecise. Postponed from its scheduled start on 4 February 1930, the battling finally did get under way on Monday, 17 March in New York, NY.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Emanuel Cohen's first for Paramount, Mae West's 'Personal Appearance,' gets under way on July 20.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "I'm a liberated woman, I did everything I wanted. And I never wanted children. They'd have taken my mind off myself."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • Daily Variety mentioned Mae West.
• • Last week's "Personal Appearance,” which will be the next Mae West pic, was the best performing stage play this year, with eight sell-outs out of nine performances, topping this season's grosses with approximately $9,500.
• • This figure comes within $200 of the several year record set by last year's “Ah, Wilderness” . . .
• • Source: Item in Variety; published on Tuesday, 28 July 1936
• • The evolution of 2 Mae West plays that keep her memory alive • • 
• • A discussion with Mae West playwright LindaAnn LoSchiavo — — 
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• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 13th anniversary • •  
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during these past thirteen years. Not long ago, we entertained 3,497 visitors. And we reached a milestone recently when we completed 3,800 blog posts. Wow!  
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started thirteen years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 3919th blog post. Unlike many blogs, which draw upon reprinted content from a newspaper or a magazine and/ or summaries, links, or photos, the mainstay of this blog is its fresh material focused on the life and career of Mae West, herself an American original.

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