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A Woman’s View: How Hollywood Spoke to Women, 1930–1960 Paperback – May 15, 1995
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What she makes clear is that, despite the pronounced limitations of the world view of the woman's picture, it represented a varied and vigorous film culture in which (as she writes) "on the screen ... the woman will decide. She is important. She matters. She is the Center of the Universe."
"A Woman's View" is that rare thing -- a scholarly examination of mostly obscure figures and works that is at the same time an excellent and entertaining read.
A few of the sections of this book that I thought was the most interesting, were the ones about twin women in movies and the fashion and glamour of women. Before reading this book, I never really thought into the idea that being a woman in Hollywood, and acting a certain role represented something as a whole. These actresses were not just playing the part of their assigned character; they were representing women as a whole. With their fashion, their speech, and their actions, I found it truly inspiring to know that they were stepping out of their comfort zone and taking risks with the roles that they chose to act out.
One chapter, entitled Duality, included how Hollywood used twins in their movies to represent one specific point in these movies. This chapter, being one of the more detailed ones, showed how twins portrayed particularly two things: the good and the bad.Read more ›
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Jeanine Basinger has created an excellent text on the very mixed messages given to Women from the . Period in American films when studios cranked out films with similar plots, many... Read morePublished on November 2, 2013 by Kate
at least seven stars for sheer reading pleasure. we are whisked on a roller-coaster ride of practically every "women's film" hollywood ever made, accompanied by hilarious... Read morePublished on November 19, 2011 by Zangiku
It is reported that Kay Francis stated that she wanted to be forgotten. If this is true, reading Jeanine Basinger's book, A Woman's View, will not let you forget her from the... Read morePublished on November 15, 2009 by Richard Davis McLeod
This book was a life saver in my film class and in good condition, too.Published on July 16, 2009 by Gidget