By Jeanine Basinger
During this hugely readable and enjoyable publication, Jeanine Basinger exhibits how the "woman's film" of the 30s, 40s, and 50s despatched a powerful combined message to hundreds of thousands of woman moviegoers. while that such motion pictures exhorted ladies to stay to their "proper" realm of fellows, marriage, and motherhood, they portrayed -- frequently with take pleasure in -- powerful girls taking part in out freeing fantasies of strength, romance, sexuality, luxurious, even wickedness.
Never brain that the celluloid personas of Bette Davis, Myrna Loy, Katharine Hepburn, Joan Crawford, or Rita Hayworth see their folly and go back to their guy or lament his loss within the final 5 mins of the image; for the 1st eighty-five mins the viewers watched as those characters "wore nice outfits, sat on nice furnishings, enjoyed undesirable males, had plenty of intercourse, instructed the area off for proscribing them, even gave their youngsters away."
Basinger examines dozens of movies -- even if melodrama, screwball comedy, musical, movie noir, western, or biopic -- to make a persuasive case that the woman's movie used to be a wealthy, advanced, and subversive style that famous and addressed, if covertly, the issues of ladies.
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A Woman's View: How Hollywood Spoke to Women, 1930-1960 by Jeanine Basinger