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By M. Arch candidate: Angie Ng

Of the thesis entitled: On Luxury


Indulgent and desirable, luxury both boasts and seduces. Luxury is an elaboration on the essential, manifest in forms of etiquette and exclusion. Films index both reality and fantasy. They reflect, denounce, and exaggerate, making them invaluable cultural documents. Post-World War Two, the ease of air travel, mass production of goods, and foreign influence changed the face of luxury. By examining the films To Catch a Thief (1955), La Dolce Vita (1960), and Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961) – all three from the era of this shift in luxury – this essay excavates this change, by examining the narrative, objects, and architecture of selected scenes.

The examining committee is as follows:

Supervisor: Donald McKay

Committee Members: Rick Haldenby, University of Waterloo

Anne Bordeleau, University of Waterloo

External Reader: Greg Klymkiw, Senior Creative Consultant, Canadian Film Centre

The committee has been approved as authorized by the Graduate Studies Committee.

The Defence Examination will take place:

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

10:30 am

ARC 1001 Main Lecture Hall

A copy of the thesis is available for perusal in ARC 2106A or a PDF version here.