The History of Glamour
“In the film, the main character is looking for an identity, and glamour becomes for her a potent form of self-expression. She finds it very liberating, because she’s from a small town. But by the end of the story, glamour becomes limiting, then imprisoning, so she becomes a writer, chooses grammar over glamour.”
Theresa Duncan on The History of Glamour in Salon,
Alice Underground was not Theresa’s first film. The History of Glamour, is an hour-long, music-based animated film, it aired at The New York Video Festival, The Women Make Waves International Women's Film Festival, The Rotterdam International Film Festival, The Montreal Film Festival, the Channel Hopping Festival in Austria and was selected for inclusion in The Whitney Biennial 2000. Glamour also aired on Channel 4 in the UK, on Canal + in France, and in Japan. A french fashion company packaged the film and the three video games with a designer t-shirt showing an image of Charles Valentine the protagonist of the film. A retrospective which included this film and selected clips from Theresa's award winning game for girls Smarty was held at Flaherty NY in March 2014.
Writer and Director Theresa Duncan; Art Director Jeremy Blake; Art work by Jeremy Blake and Karen Kilimnick; animation by Eric Dyer. The film was made through Theresa’s production company Rhinestone Publishing. Like much of Theresa's work this film is semiautobiographical, the protagonist, Charles Valentine, is a reference to Theresa's childhood. Theresa grew up on Valentine Rd. in Lapeer, Michigan.