Complicated Women: Sex and Power in Pre-Code Hollywood

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Macmillan, 2000 - 293 Seiten

In the pre-Code Hollywood era, between 1929 and 1934, women in American cinema took lovers, had babies out of wedlock, got rid of cheating husbands, enjoyed their sexuality, led unapologetic careers, and, in general, acted the way many think women only acted after 1968.

Before then, women on screen had come in two varieties-sweet ingenue or vamp. Then two stars came along: Greta Garbo, who turned the femme fatale into a woman whose capacity for love and sacrifice made all other human emotions seem pale; and Norma Shearer, who succeeded in taking the ingenue to a place she'd never been: the bedroom. In their wake came a deluge of other complicated women-Marlene Dietrich, Jean Harlow, and Mae West, to name a few. Then, in July 1934, the draconian Production Code became the law in Hollywood and these modern women of the screen were banished, not to be seen again until the code was repealed three decades later.

A thorough survey and a tribute to these films, Complicated Women reveals how this was the true Golden Age of women's films.

 

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COMPLICATED WOMEN: Sex and Power in Pre-Code Hollywood

Nutzerbericht  - Kirkus

An overdue tribute to the myriad of strong and independent women film stars of pre-Code Hollywood (1929-34).LaSalle provides a detailed summary of an important five-year period in Hollywood history ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

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Nutzerbericht  - DameMuriel - LibraryThing

So, this guy isn't a great writer but this book provides lots of interesting details about some obscure films I'll probably never get a chance to see. Nick LaSalle, is, like me, obsessed with Norma Shearer and her crossed eyes. We love you Norma. Vollständige Rezension lesen

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Inhalt

Introduction
1
The Ingenue Gets a Life
11
Like a Virgin
32
I Said Yes
54
Not Too Young and Not Too Nice
75
Im in an Orgy Wallowing
97
Shopgirls and Sex Vultures
118
Getting Away with Murder
142
The Great Garbo and Norma Who?
214
Garbos Granddaughters
230
Norma in the New Millennium
241
Epilogue
253
Complicated Women on Television and Video
257
Acknowledgments
269
Bibliography
273
Index
281

The Ghastly Job of Living Together
165
The Censors Strike Back
189

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Über den Autor (2000)

Mick LaSalle is the film critic for the San Francisco Chronicle and teaches a class at University of California at Berkeley on pre-Code film. He lives in San Francisco.

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