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Comprendre la réception américaine et contemporaine de Showgirls : un problème de subversion générique

Abstract : This thesis is a study of the american and contemporary reception of the movie Showgirls, Paul Verhoeven, 1995. This reception is distinguished by the univocality of the critics, and questions on the limits of the traditional distinctions betweens popular public and elitist public. The theory of the syntactic system of the Hollywood’s genres allows to analyse the ideologically subversive aspect of Showgirls. Because it produces a pastiche of the backstage musical genre, but transferred in the vulgarity of Las Vegas’ shows, the movie sets up numerous contradictions that impede its assignation for the spectator to a genre and its proper ideology. The process of the movie is associated to a mannerist subversion : combining a "realistic hyperbolic" style in a classical and almost sacralized narrative structure, it produces a "grotesque vertigo" with which the ideological syntax of the genre emerge as conventional and arbitrary. The spectator can no longer neither adhere to a parodical discourse, neither feel the spectacular effects that the hyperbolic realism caricature, and has to take sides on the repressed ideology that puts in crisis its status of Hollywood spectator.
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Elvire Pineda. Comprendre la réception américaine et contemporaine de Showgirls : un problème de subversion générique. Art et histoire de l'art. 2019. ⟨dumas-02878910⟩



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