Complicated Women: Sex and Power in Pre-Code Hollywood
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became the law in Hollywood and these modern women of the screen were banished, not to be seen again until the code was repealed three decades later.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 HollywoodNutzerbericht - 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
LibraryThing ReviewNutzerbericht - 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
The Ingenue Gets a Life
Like a Virgin
I Said Yes
Not Too Young and Not Too Nice
Im in an Orgy Wallowing
Shopgirls and Sex Vultures
Getting Away with Murder
The Great Garbo and Norma Who?
Norma in the New Millennium
Complicated Women on Television and Video
The Ghastly Job of Living Together
The Censors Strike Back