Even if you haven’t actually watched Rebel Without a Cause, most know the iconic image of actor James Dean. The young actor wears a red jacket, his pout and pompadour are the very image of a brooding 1950s masculinity. In fact, along with Marlon Brando’s performance in The Wild […]
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“I shall never forget the weekend that Laura died…”. It’s one of the most interesting opening lines in film history. Spoken by Clifton Webb, the line sets the film’s tone. The 1944 movie is a fascinating study of gender. It not only presents a different take on the the femme fatale, but […]
The relationship between Marilyn Monroe and feminism can best be described as problematic. Monroe, whose name and glamor have spanned the decades, played a number of iconic roles during her short career. However, a number of these characters are stereotypical “dumb blondes”. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes is one of Monroe’s most famous films. Interestingly, the musical […]
The subject of witchcraft in history is one which is deeply tied to women’s issues and feminism. The depiction of witches in popular culture has evolved from the Wicked Witch of the West in the Wizard of Oz, to Samantha Stevens in Bewitched, and finally to the ladies of American Horror Story: Coven. […]
The sub-genre of film noir is quite a complicated one, especially when viewed through a gendered lens. Made in 1946, Gilda is an iconic entry within the film movement, often rated alongside classics like: The Maltese Falcon and The Third Man. Gilda also stands as one of the most remembered femmes fatales in […]
Backstage musicals were all the rage in the 1930s and 1940s. During this time, it was impossible to throw a rock without hitting a Dick Powell or a Mickey Rooney leading a troop of ragtag performers who manage to win the day using little except their pluck and […]
It seems Hollywood in the early 1960s couldn’t get enough of Europe, particularly Italy. Films like Light in the Piazza, Come September, and even Gidget went to Rome during this time. Rome Adventure is another movie which fits snugly into this pseudo-genre. While it largely avoids being as […]