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

By Jeanine Basinger

During this hugely readable and unique ebook, Jeanine Basinger exhibits how the "woman's film" of the 30s, 40s, and 50s despatched a effective combined message to hundreds of thousands of girl moviegoers. even as that such movies exhorted ladies to stay to their "proper" realm of guys, marriage, and motherhood, they portrayed -- frequently with have fun with -- 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, informed the area off for proscribing them, even gave their young ones away."

Basinger examines dozens of flicks -- 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, complex, and subversive style that famous and addressed, if covertly, the issues of ladies.

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