María Félix
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294 Pages

23.4 x 15.6 cm

26 b/w illus.

Series: Icons of the Luso-Hispanic World

Series Vol. Number: 4

Imprint: Tamesis Books

María Félix

A Mexican Film Star and her Legacy

by Niamh Thornton

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María Félix (1914-2002) left her mark on Mexican and European film as well as fashion, art and jewellery design. Cartier created one-of-a-kind pieces; Leonora Carrington and Diego Rivera painted portraits; Carlos Fuentes wrote a play; Agustín Lara, a bestselling song. But she was nobody's muse.

María Félix (1914-2002) left her mark on Mexican and European film as well as fashion, art and jewellery design. Cartier created one-of-a-kind pieces; Leonora Carrington and Diego Rivera painted portraits; Carlos Fuentes wrote a play; Agustín Lara, a bestselling song. But she was nobody's muse.


Did Félix really bring baby crocodiles to the Cartier boutique to request lifelike copies in a necklace? The story may be apocryphal, but it perfectly encapsulates her powerful, independent and unconventional persona. This book first examines Félix's life and work, reviewing her films and acting style and considering what they say about gender norms and a woman's place on screen. It then turns to her role as curator and benefactor, exploring how art, literature and song sustained her image. It concludes by exploring the persistent interest in her life story and evaluating her significance for contemporary audiences.
List of Illustrations
Acknowledgements

Introduction: María Félix: The Legacies of a Mexican Film Star
1. Screen Icon, Stardom, and the Invention of La Doña
2. Movement, Performance, and Gesture: The Arch of the Brow and The Slap
3. The Star as Archetype: Extending the Range of the Mujer sin Alma
4. María Félix as Iconic Inspiration, Benefactor, Co-Creator, and Agent
5. Transformation, Remediation, and Fandom: From Print to Digital
Conclusion: Félix's Work, Afterlife, and Legacy

Filmography
Bibliography
Index

NIAMH THORNTON is Professor of Latin American Studies at the University of Liverpool, UK.

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Title Details

294 Pages

2.34 x 1.56 cm

26 b/w illus.

Series: Icons of the Luso-Hispanic World

Series Vol. Number: 4

Imprint: Tamesis Books