Feminist Film Studies by Karen Hollinger

By Karen Hollinger

Feminist movie reviews is a readable, but finished textbook for introductory periods in feminist movie idea and feedback.

Karen Hollinger offers an available review of women’s illustration and involvement in movie, complemented via analyses of key texts that illustrate significant subject matters within the box. Key parts include:

•a short heritage of the advance of feminist movie concept

•the theorization of the male gaze and the feminine spectator

•women in style movies and literary variations

•the woman biopic

•feminism and avant-garde and documentary movie

•women as auteurs

•lesbian illustration

•women in 3rd Cinema.

Each bankruptcy features a "Films in Focus" part, which analyzes key texts on the topic of the chapter’s significant subject, together with examples from classical Hollywood, global cinema, and the modern period.

This ebook offers scholars in either movie and gender/women’s reports with a transparent advent to the sphere of feminist movie thought and criticism.

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Both directors have extensive careers, so there is a wide range of films from which to choose. com), which is an excellent film resource, and choose from the lists provided there of all the films they directed. Some interesting ones for Hawks might be Rio Bravo, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, The Big Sleep, and Bringing Up Baby, and for Ford The Man who Shot Liberty Valance, The Searchers, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, Young Mr. Lincoln, and Stagecoach. Another interesting project might be to look at the work of two contemporary male directors and compare and contrast their portrayals of women.

Can you explain the differences among these three categories? Where would you place Vertigo? Consider the ambiguities of Vertigo’s ending. ), and the final shot of Scottie? Does the ending have symbolic significance? Does the addition of the foreign censorship ending change one’s interpretation of the film? How? Does it provide more closure, maintain, or perhaps even increase the film’s ambiguities? In our examination of Vertigo, we applied the images of women, psychoanalytic, and cultural studies approaches to the film.

Her apparent suicide, a literal leap that symbolizes this refusal, is examined by patriarchal authority at the coroner’s inquest, and Scottie is condemned for his failure to make his dream of perfect femininity a reality. This condemnation leads Scottie to a mental breakdown. Reduced to a catatonic state in a mental hospital, he is visited by Midge, who hopes to lift his spirits with recordings of Mozart. Why Mozart should be seen as possessing magical curative qualities is never explained, and in any case he fails miserably.

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