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Sam Haynes
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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Danielle Ham on Sunday November 1, 2015. The Class Notes belongs to 3344 at University of Texas at Arlington taught by Sam Haynes in Fall 2015. Since its upload, it has received 21 views. For similar materials see history and film in History at University of Texas at Arlington.


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Date Created: 11/01/15
HIST 3344 10/7­10/19 Woman in film ­ 1950’s women were homemakers ­ 1960’s women have second wave of feminism, proud to be women. ­ Women were not subordinate to men ­ Women in the 20  century­ Europeans found Americans to be famously prudish about  sex/gender. ­ Matters of sexuality were taboo. Make it clear you have sexual appetite but you HAVE to be foreign. ­ Embodied women morality in progressive Era  o Lillian gish o Mary Pickford   Transitions into 20’s and cuts her hair. Long hair was a symbol of  innocence  People copied her ­ Behaviors were liberalized o Clara Bow­ quintessential flapper  Becomes norm in 20’s  Revolutionary women show skin o Theda Bara   Vamp­ a woman who drained the life from a man  Adultery was what men did not women ­ Change in the 1920’s with Gloria Swanson  o Plays rich women who have time on their hands o Had an affair with John Kennedy (JFK’s father) o American born who had a sexual aura ­ Greta Garbo/Marlene Dietrich  o Foreign actress  o Exudes sultry sexuality ­ Change in the 1930’s  o See working class women be more expensive in their sexuality ­ Jean Harlow o Unnatural short hair suggested a woman was a tramp  o Makeup is trashy o Makeup covered the scaring of sexually transmitted diseases  ­ Mae West o Vaudeville  o Sexual persona o Used by America to shock rural America  o In 30’s she becomes box office smash o Scandalous career  o New found sexual awareness  o Sex symbol o Emasculated men o Controlled men  ­ Why do people see this more in cities? Country was conservative, had group enforcing  behavior ­ City allows people to act the way they wouldn’t before. Can do things with out people  watching you ­ Progressive period 1920’s  o Women become cultural icons  Katherine Hepburn  ­ 1940’s­ show women in great power because of the roles they took because of the war ­ Films made for women because they were the audience  ­ Women become more comfortable with their sexuality ­ Golden age for women in film ­ Film noir­ black and white, sinister mood, American urban setting, detective stories. ­ Femme fatale­ the dangerous/bad women ­ Some women who played femme fatales were actually ones in real life ­ After world war II men came home to see that women were in charge and they could  control them. Femme fatale and vamps came from/why they became so popular in films. ­ Mildred pierce 1945 o Joan Crawford was a big movie star o German expressionism with shadow, also common with Alfred Hitchcock  o Film noir­ shadows, flashbacks, cigarette smoke o Domestic with film noir twist o Is Joan Crawford going to be a femme fatale  o Setting fall of 1945, 6 months of peace from war ending o Her style changes in the film noir pieces from the flashbacks  o Transitional film to divorce, “rebels without a cause”, and consumerism  o Wally is a slimy character o Husband cheats is lazy has no job o Monty is no good o All weak make characters


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