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The Animal Returns

Susan Smith

Susan Smith is Reader in Film Studies at the University of Sunderland, UK. She is author of Elizabeth Taylor (BFI/Palgrave, 2012), Voices in Film (Wallflower Press, 2007), The Musical: Race, Gender and Performance (Columbia University Press, 2005) and Hitchcock: Suspense, Humour and Tone (BFI, 2000). She also co-edits the BFI’s Film Stars series. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Elizabeth Taylor

British Film Institute, 2019

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...Texan rancher Jordan ‘Bick’ Benedict (Rock Hudson) has just arrived in Maryland, Virginia during the opening scene of Giant (1956). Having watched through the window as a succession of riders and their horses race alongside his train...

Animal delight

Ellis Cashmore

Ellis Cashmore is the author of Beyond Black: Celebrity and Race in Obama’s America and other books such as Martin Scorsese’s America and Tyson: Nurture of the Beast. He is currently Visiting Professor of Sociology at Aston University, UK, having previously held positions at the University of Tampa, USA, and the University of Hong Kong. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Elizabeth Taylor : A Private Life for Public Consumption

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

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...Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images.“The Elizabeth Taylor who’s famous, the one on film, really has no depth or meaning to me. She’s a totally superficial working thing, a commodity. I really don’t know what the ingredients of the image...

Compassion

Susan Smith

Susan Smith is Reader in Film Studies at the University of Sunderland, UK. She is author of Elizabeth Taylor (BFI/Palgrave, 2012), Voices in Film (Wallflower Press, 2007), The Musical: Race, Gender and Performance (Columbia University Press, 2005) and Hitchcock: Suspense, Humour and Tone (BFI, 2000). She also co-edits the BFI’s Film Stars series. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Elizabeth Taylor

British Film Institute, 2019

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...In her memoir, Elizabeth Taylor recalls:The first time I ever had to cry [on film] was in National Velvet. The horse was supposed to have colic, and of course he was Velvet’s life. The scene was like a montage, covering the whole night –...

Coda: Moving On

Susan Smith

Susan Smith is Reader in Film Studies at the University of Sunderland, UK. She is author of Elizabeth Taylor (BFI/Palgrave, 2012), Voices in Film (Wallflower Press, 2007), The Musical: Race, Gender and Performance (Columbia University Press, 2005) and Hitchcock: Suspense, Humour and Tone (BFI, 2000). She also co-edits the BFI’s Film Stars series. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Elizabeth Taylor

British Film Institute, 2019

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...It’s dawn and George (Richard Burton) and Martha’s (Elizabeth Taylor) guests have just departed. The rage and bitter recriminations that went before have subsided and the couple are left contemplating the void suddenly created by his...

Life and times

Ellis Cashmore

Ellis Cashmore is the author of Beyond Black: Celebrity and Race in Obama’s America and other books such as Martin Scorsese’s America and Tyson: Nurture of the Beast. He is currently Visiting Professor of Sociology at Aston University, UK, having previously held positions at the University of Tampa, USA, and the University of Hong Kong. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Elizabeth Taylor : A Private Life for Public Consumption

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

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...Elizabeth Taylor, born London, England, February 27, 1932; died, Los Angeles, California, March 23, 2011Legend♥ Romantic relationship, actual or rumored✚ Health-related condition Aids, and Aids-related charitable workmarriage Taylor married...

The most public of private lives

Ellis Cashmore

Ellis Cashmore is the author of Beyond Black: Celebrity and Race in Obama’s America and other books such as Martin Scorsese’s America and Tyson: Nurture of the Beast. He is currently Visiting Professor of Sociology at Aston University, UK, having previously held positions at the University of Tampa, USA, and the University of Hong Kong. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Elizabeth Taylor : A Private Life for Public Consumption

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

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...Photo by Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images. “Elizabeth Taylor is the most important character she’s ever played.” Vincent Canby, of the New York Times was writing in 1986, when Taylor was fifty-four. “She’s never had any real, sustained...

Other people’s lives

Ellis Cashmore

Ellis Cashmore is the author of Beyond Black: Celebrity and Race in Obama’s America and other books such as Martin Scorsese’s America and Tyson: Nurture of the Beast. He is currently Visiting Professor of Sociology at Aston University, UK, having previously held positions at the University of Tampa, USA, and the University of Hong Kong. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Elizabeth Taylor : A Private Life for Public Consumption

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

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...Photo by J. Vespa/WireImage. Getty Images.It was a marriage made in heaven, but the happy couple soon shifted to the perfumes counter of a department store. Less than four hours after she had said, “I do” for the eighth (and last) time...

Players

Ellis Cashmore

Ellis Cashmore is the author of Beyond Black: Celebrity and Race in Obama’s America and other books such as Martin Scorsese’s America and Tyson: Nurture of the Beast. He is currently Visiting Professor of Sociology at Aston University, UK, having previously held positions at the University of Tampa, USA, and the University of Hong Kong. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Elizabeth Taylor : A Private Life for Public Consumption

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

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...PANDRO S. BERMAN 1905–96. Film producer from Pittsburgh, who worked at Universal in the 1920s, then at RKO. He played a key role in Taylor’s professional development from child roles in National Velvet (1944) to an adult part in Father...

Bridging Commerce and Classification through the American Art Film: The Case of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)

The Hollywood Renaissance : Revisiting American Cinema’s Most Celebrated Era

Bloomsbury Academic, 2018

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...Nominated for thirteen Academy Awards (one in every eligible category), Mike Nichols’ adaptation of Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) recalls the days when box office revenue and critical acclaim matched more often than...

Acting on Instinct?

Susan Smith

Susan Smith is Reader in Film Studies at the University of Sunderland, UK. She is author of Elizabeth Taylor (BFI/Palgrave, 2012), Voices in Film (Wallflower Press, 2007), The Musical: Race, Gender and Performance (Columbia University Press, 2005) and Hitchcock: Suspense, Humour and Tone (BFI, 2000). She also co-edits the BFI’s Film Stars series. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Elizabeth Taylor

British Film Institute, 2019

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...In the various documentaries, biographies and other material about Elizabeth Taylor, one notion that repeatedly crops up is that she is a very instinctive actress. The insistent praising of Taylor along these lines can be contrasted...