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Mansfield 66/67

2017 marked the 50th anniversary of the death of Jayne Mansfield in a bizarre car accident. If Mansfield 66/67 makes one thing clear, it is that the term ‘post-truth’ is not a recent phenomenon. The makers deliberately choose to put forward many different, conflicting visions of the ‘blonde bombshell’. Was Mansfield a living cartoon, a camp character – or was she very gifted actor? And was her death the result of a flirtation with the Church of Satan, or just bad luck? The exuberantly designed Mansfield 66/67 – as over-the-top as Jayne herself – also shows the contrast between the 1950s and the 1960s, which brought a new generation of more politically aware actresses to the fore.