Remembering ‘the poor soul walking in the rain’: Audience Responses to a Thwarted Makeover in Woman in a Dressing Gown

Williams, Melanie (2013) Remembering ‘the poor soul walking in the rain’: Audience Responses to a Thwarted Makeover in Woman in a Dressing Gown. Journal of British Cinema and Television, 10 (4). pp. 709-726. ISSN 1743-4521

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Abstract

This article emerges from a 2004–5 research project on audience memories of the 1957 British film Woman in a Dressing Gown. It provides general information on the project's objectives and methods before going on to detail one of its major findings: an unexpected degree of consensus among its participants when identifying the film's most memorable scene. The film's heroine makes an effort to improve her appearance by getting her hair done, before her transformation is suddenly and cruelly undone by bad weather; this scene stood out in participants' recollections to a greater extent than any other moment from the film. This article aims to account for the recurrent selection of that specific scene by offering a close reading

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1950s,audience studies,femininity,j lee thompson,makeover,memory studies,ted willis,woman in a dressing gown,yvonne mitchell
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Art, Media and American Studies
University of East Anglia > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Film, Television and Media
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 29 Nov 2013 15:04
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2020 22:16
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/44713
DOI: 10.3366/jbctv.2013.0171

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