The Celluloid Sacrifice – Aspects of Sex in the Movies
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Film critic Alexander Walker attempts to apply psychology, biography, film history and film criticism to the personalities of some significant (mostly female) stars – Marlene Dietrich, Mae West, Greta Garbo and Elizabeth Taylor among them – to see why each achieved her success.
But the scope of the book is wider, taking its theme from Jean Cocteau’s remark – ‘the cinema, that temple of sex with its goddesses, its guardians and its victims.’ Walker examines especially the sexual appeal of the star personality, the problems facing film censors, and the ascendancy of the female star and her male ‘victim’. Controversial at the time of publication.
Hardback, pp241+28 black & white plates.
This copy is in Very Good condition, in a heavily rubbed and creased dustjacket, torn at tail of spine, though complete.
Michael Joseph, 1966. First edition.