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Not a Cinematic Hair Out of Place: Examinations in Identity (Transformation) as Evidenced through Haircuts in The Crying Game

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Title: Not a Cinematic Hair Out of Place: Examinations in Identity (Transformation) as Evidenced through Haircuts in The Crying Game
Author: Herring, Allen III
Advisor(s): Schroeter, Dr. Katrin
Committee Member(s): Coleman, Dr. Finnie
Hayward, Dr. Eva
Department: University of New Mexico. Dept. of Foreign Languages and Literatures
Subject: hair
identity
The Crying Game
identity formation
hairstyles
cinema
culture
monster theory
hauntings
pain
warfare
torture
LC Subject(s): Crying Game (Motion picture)
Hairstyles--Social aspects
Hairstyles--Psychological aspects
Identity (Psychology)
Degree Level: Masters
Abstract: This thesis asks a question: Can transformations to a cinematic character’s hair be indicative of a realignment or shifting of that character’s identity? As an attempt to answer this question, I introduce three new concepts: the Opaque Movement (OM), the Transparent Violent Moment (TVM), and the Transparent Moderate Moment (TMM). All of these concepts revolve around the treatment and appearance of a character’s hair within a film. In this examination, I establish a theoretical foundation for cinematic haircutting and apply the three concepts to several films. I ground the discussion in a thorough examination of The Crying Game by Neil Jordan. The 1992 film contains four haircuts or hair transformations and through analysis of the central characters before and after their haircuts, I utilize the concepts above. This thesis illustrates that in cinema, not a cinematic hair is out of place, a choice in hairstyle, haircut or hair transformation isn’t merely, or just, an example of fashion or cultural trend. In film, hair is a marker of cinematic, cultural and identity formation.
Graduation Date: December 2010
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1928/12043


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