‘Hell Hath no Fury…’ An analytical study of female actors’ portrayal of psychological issues in selected examples of psychological thriller films.

King, L. (2022) ‘Hell Hath no Fury…’ An analytical study of female actors’ portrayal of psychological issues in selected examples of psychological thriller films. Undergraduate thesis, University of Chichester.

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Abstract

This study analyses three critically acclaimed psychological thriller films starring female leads: Black Narcissus (1947) featuring Kathleen Byron as Sister Ruth; Fatal Attraction (1987) starring Glenn Close; and Black Swan starring Natalie Portman (2010).
An analysis is made of each woman’s performances, evaluating how well their embodiment of each character represents their declining mental health and psychological disorders. Using psychiatric evaluative papers to explain their naturalistic interpretation of these manic characters, analysis is focused on key areas such as their use of hair, eye movements, use of their mouth and vocal tones, alongside movements of the body.
Closing discussions explain that all three female actors portray their decline toward mental instability sensitively and effectively while their characters struggle to balance their occupational and social lives with their lust and denial of affection.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Female Actors, Psychological, Thriller, Film
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > M Music
Divisions: Academic Areas > Conservatoire
Student Research > Undergraduate
Depositing User: Gail Graffham
Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2022 11:50
Last Modified: 19 Dec 2022 11:50
URI: https://eprints.chi.ac.uk/id/eprint/6611

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