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Bibil Identifier bibil:214394
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Cecil B. DeMille
Title (English, ) Hollywood Macho Man and the Theme of Masculinity within His Biblical (and Other) Cinema
Author Kozlovic, Anton Karl
Journal Journal of Men, Masculinities and Spirituality (Volume: 2, Issue: 2)
Year (Publication) 2008
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2008
Year (Copyright) 2008
Year (Reference) 2008
Language English
Pages 116-138 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract Cecil B. DeMille, the legendary co-founder of Hollywood, progenitor of Paramount studios and unsung auteur was a macho man and master of the American cinema whose indelible biblical epics strongly exuded the resonance of masculinity. Not only were many of his sacred characters scripturally correct, but they frequently reflected DeMille’s own virile persona-cum-ethos. Utilizing textually based, humanist film analysis as the guiding methodological lens, the critical film, religion and DeMille literature was reviewed and his biblical (and other) cinema selectively scanned to reveal the theme of masculinity engineered therein. It was concluded that DeMille’s trademark aesthetic style and phenomenal box office successes were firmly rooted in his personal courage ethic, directorial control needs and manly idiosyncrasies. Further research into gender studies, masculinity studies, DeMille studies and the emerging interdisciplinary field of religion-and-film was warranted, highly recommended and is already long overdue.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Cinema
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