Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Mae West: A Unique Merger

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 53.
• • "Mae West. The Dirty Snow White" • •
• • Written by:  Zsófia Anna Tóth
• • To which sex did she belong? • •
• • Zsófia Anna Tóth wrote:   Mick LaSalle even goes so far as to state, again very aptly that “West was in fact a female female impersonator, playing an exaggeration of a woman” (154). Haskell also claimed that West was a unique merger of “brains,” “wit” and “sensuality” in such a way that was often considered incompatible in later periods of film history (95). She says that West was “self-created” both involving anima and animus in her uniqueness (107) and notes that West owned such a unique complexity that her androgyny was almost perfect: “[i]ndeed, so complete was West’s androgyny that one hardly knows into which sex she belongs, and by any sexual-ideological standards of film criticism, she is an anomaly – too masculine to be a female impersonator, too gay in her tastes to be a woman” (115). However, West was not a mere sexual object but “woman as sex object turned subject” and a “composite of sexual types” (115).
• • a lascivious smile stealing across her face • •   . . .
• • This was Part 53 of a lengthy article. Part 54 will follow tomorrow.   
• • Source: Americana — — E-Journal of American Studies in Hungary; Vol. XI, No. 1, Spring 2015.
• • On Thursday, 18 April 1935 • •
• • "Mae West Wants Everything to Be Clean" • •
• • Mae West told a foreign journalist: "I'm for clean pictures and clean everything."
• • Source: Article in The Queenslander (Brisbane, Qld); published on Thursday, 18 April 1935.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Despite numerous protests against the "Advertising bally-hoo of Movie Trailers," I say a big bouquet to them! I should never have gone to see Mae West, Otto Kruger, Katharine Hepburn, George Arliss, and — believe it or not — Greta Garbo, were it not for one of these "coming events."
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "It's all a lot of strudel."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An arts calendar mentioned Mae West.
• • The Delvena Theatre Company will be presenting W.C. Fields and Mae West at the North End Branch Library, 25 Parmenter Street, Boston, Mass. on Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at 6:30pm. . . .
• • Source: Event Item; published on Thursday, 12 April 2018
• • 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 3941st 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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