Grande Dame Guignol Cinema: A History of Hag Horror from Baby Jane to Mother

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McFarland, Oct 21, 2009 - Performing Arts - 340 pages
This critically analytical filmography examines 45 movies featuring “grande dames” in horror settings. Following a history of women in horror before 1962’s What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, which launched the “Grande Dame Guignol” subgenre of older women featured as morally ambiguous leading ladies, are all such films (mostly U.S.) that came after that landmark release. The filmographic data includes cast, crew, reviews, synopses, and production notes, as well as recurring motifs and each role’s effect on the star’s career.
 

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Peter Shelley is a playwright, screenwriter and author of several books on film. He lives in Umina Beach, Australia.

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