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Women roles in films

PostPosted: Tue Apr 15, 2003 2:08 pm
by keehana
The portrayal of women in films have moved away from the conventional stereotype; updated to characteristics which women of the 21st century possess. (independent, smart, feminist? etc.)

Which movie do you think started it all and what is your opinion on the matter?


Re: Women roles in films

PostPosted: Wed Apr 16, 2003 10:47 pm
by gratefultiger
i think the great louise brooks did all that in "pandora's box" (g.w.pabst) in 1929,check her out, a true legend.

Re: Women roles in films

PostPosted: Fri Apr 18, 2003 4:53 pm
by john-5
A good call, Gratefultiger- she's fantastic; one of the handful of greatest performances- but look what happened to her (the Lulu character that is, not Louise). And look at the outcome of that other legendary silent female performance, Falconetti in The Passion of Joan of Arc.

Dreyer's earlier Master of the House is an enjoyable and amusing feminist drama, (1925). He wasn't all Scandinavian angst, as some think. And his last film Gertrud (1964)- which i failed to properly appreciate first time round- returns to female emancipation; certainly a strong, independent woman.

Of course, Mizoguchi was the world's greatest director of women, with his main theme the suffering of women in unjust society (past and present), but many of his heroines were self-sacrificing, abused and/or paragons of virtue. Occasionally, they break out, are permitted a victory.

Re: Women roles in films

PostPosted: Mon Apr 21, 2003 10:48 pm
by gratefultiger
good on you john u know your films! dreyer,mizoguchi why thats "the silk department" & yes louise brooks & the incomparable falconetti are legends!