A Woman's View: How Hollywood Spoke to Women, 1930-1960 by Jeanine Basinger

By Jeanine Basinger

During this hugely readable and exciting publication, Jeanine Basinger indicates how the "woman's film" of the 30s, 40s, and 50s despatched a powerful combined message to hundreds of thousands of girl moviegoers. even as that such motion pictures exhorted girls to stay to their "proper" realm of fellows, marriage, and motherhood, they portrayed -- frequently with have fun with -- robust ladies 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, advised the realm off for proscribing them, even gave their young ones 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 was once a wealthy, complex, and subversive style that well-known and addressed, if covertly, the issues of ladies.

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