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Deconstructing Brad Pitt ed. by Christopher Schaberg and Robert Bennett (review)

Deconstructing Brad Pitt ed. by Christopher Schaberg and Robert Bennett (review) Book Review DECONSTRUCTING BRAD PITT Ed. Christopher Schaberg and Robert Bennett. New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2014, 296 pp. Christopher Schaberg and Robert Bennett’s fortune . . . his characters’ journeys consistently edited collection Deconstructing Brad Pitt is an challenge the universe of his films as well as extremely remarkable volume and honest to his audience’s expectations . . . the films of the core. As claimed by Schaberg in the intro­ Brad Pitt offer a subtle yet sustained critique of duction, the book is indeed jargon­ free, which any fixed notion of masculinity” (33). makes it such a delightful read. The thirteen es­ Two essays focus on Pitt’s stardom. “Be­ says, plus a coda and a postscript, are short, to coming Brad,” by Bob Batchelor, explains the the point, and more importantly, extremely well phenomenon that Brad Pitt has become not written. The book also includes a visual essay only in Hollywood but worldwide. In “A Star on Pitt by Nancy A. Bernardo composed of im­ Is Born,” Andrew Horton offers a firsthand ac­ ages of the star and quotes by the founder of count of “various behind the scenes insights deconstruction theory, Jacques Derrida, which into the early http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Film and Video University of Illinois Press

Deconstructing Brad Pitt ed. by Christopher Schaberg and Robert Bennett (review)

Journal of Film and Video , Volume 69 (4) – Nov 18, 2017

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Book Review DECONSTRUCTING BRAD PITT Ed. Christopher Schaberg and Robert Bennett. New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2014, 296 pp. Christopher Schaberg and Robert Bennett’s fortune . . . his characters’ journeys consistently edited collection Deconstructing Brad Pitt is an challenge the universe of his films as well as extremely remarkable volume and honest to his audience’s expectations . . . the films of the core. As claimed by Schaberg in the intro­ Brad Pitt offer a subtle yet sustained critique of duction, the book is indeed jargon­ free, which any fixed notion of masculinity” (33). makes it such a delightful read. The thirteen es­ Two essays focus on Pitt’s stardom. “Be­ says, plus a coda and a postscript, are short, to coming Brad,” by Bob Batchelor, explains the the point, and more importantly, extremely well phenomenon that Brad Pitt has become not written. The book also includes a visual essay only in Hollywood but worldwide. In “A Star on Pitt by Nancy A. Bernardo composed of im­ Is Born,” Andrew Horton offers a firsthand ac­ ages of the star and quotes by the founder of count of “various behind the scenes insights deconstruction theory, Jacques Derrida, which into the early

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Journal of Film and VideoUniversity of Illinois Press

Published: Nov 18, 2017

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