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Revisiting Star StudiesCultures, Themes and Methods$
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Sabrina Qiong Yu and Guy Austin

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781474404310

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474404310.001.0001

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‘Una diva non come le altre’: Le streghe and the paradoxical stardom of Silvana Mangano

‘Una diva non come le altre’: Le streghe and the paradoxical stardom of Silvana Mangano

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(p.240) 12. ‘Una diva non come le altre’: Le streghe and the paradoxical stardom of Silvana Mangano
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Revisiting Star Studies
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Leon Hunt

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474404310.003.0013

Silvana Mangano’s stardom is marked by a series of paradoxes - a ‘reluctant’ diva who shed the voluptuous body that made her world famous, a star whose career was shaped first by a powerful film producer (husband Dino De Laurentiis) and then by two arthouse auteurs (Pasolini and Visconti). This paper explores these paradoxes particularly through the episode film Le Streghe/The Witches (1967), often seen as the transition from her ‘De Laurentiis career’ to her ‘Pasolini-Visconti career’. Unusual as an actual star vehicle for Mangano, the film casts her as a glamorous movie diva not unlike herself, a bored housewife (married to Clint Eastwood), a fiery ‘Siciliana’, a spoilt society girl and a holy mute. It thus invites particular consideration of Mangano as both actress and problematic star.

Keywords:   Silvana Mangano, Italy, Dino De Laurentiis, The Witches Le streghe

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