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Books  >>  Biography

Ann Davies

Penelope Cruz

Ann Davies Penelope Cruz 2014
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Film Stars

Biographical note:

Ann Davies is Professor and Chair of Spanish and Latin American Studies at the University of Stirling, UK. Her books include Spanish Spaces: Landscape, Space and Place in Contemporary Spanish Culture and Pedro Almodóvar.

Main description:

Part of a vanguard of Spanish talent claiming success at home and in Hollywood, Penélope Cruz is one of the best known European stars today.

Focusing on Cruz's key films and their surrounding discourse, Ann Davies explores how she is called upon to embody different ideas of youthfulness, nationality, exotic otherness, and the mature, established actress. Considering the contradictions of Cruz's star persona – between spontaneity and tightly controlled privacy, between hard work and passive beauty, and between Spain and Hollywood itself – this book charts the development of her career and the questions, difficulties and pleasures it inspires.

Table of contents:

Acknowledgments
Introduction
1. Performing Youth
2. Performing Nation
3. Performing Otherness
4. Performing Performance Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Filmography
Index

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