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By Jeanine Basinger

During this hugely readable and enjoyable e-book, Jeanine Basinger indicates how the "woman's film" of the 30s, 40s, and 50s despatched a effective combined message to thousands of woman moviegoers. while that such motion pictures exhorted girls to stay to their "proper" realm of fellows, marriage, and motherhood, they portrayed -- often with take pleasure in -- robust girls taking part in out freeing fantasies of energy, romance, sexuality, luxurious, even wickedness.

Never brain that the celluloid personas of Bette Davis, Myrna Loy, Katharine Hepburn, Joan Crawford, or Rita Hayworth see their folly and go back to their guy or lament his loss within the final 5 mins of the image; for the 1st eighty-five mins the viewers watched as those characters "wore nice outfits, sat on nice furnishings, enjoyed undesirable males, had plenty of intercourse, informed the realm off for proscribing them, even gave their teenagers away."

Basinger examines dozens of movies -- no matter if melodrama, screwball comedy, musical, movie noir, western, or biopic -- to make a persuasive case that the woman's movie used to be a wealthy, advanced, and subversive style that well-known and addressed, if covertly, the issues of girls.

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