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Ana Maria Sapountzi

Making Meaning of Laurence Olivier: Reading Queer Sensibilities in his Hollywood Performances Under the Motion Picture Production Code, 1939-1960

Supervised by: Dr Elisabetta Girelli

Undertaking a queer study of Laurence Olivier’s performances throughout Motion Picture Production Code Hollywood, my research aims to identify and argue that his nuanced method of performing allowed for queer readings and meaning.  By creating a discussion within prolific queer theory, my thesis will provide theoretically-informed textual analyses of Laurence Olivier’s unique and complex aesthetic in films such as Wuthering Heights (1939), Pride and Prejudice (1940) and The Prince and the Showgirl (1957).

 

 

 

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