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From Reverence to Rape The Treatment of Women in the Movies

ISBN-10: 0226318850
ISBN-13: 9780226318851
Edition: 2nd 1987
Authors: Molly Haskell
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Book details

List price: $28.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 1987
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 10/15/1987
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 472
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

For this edition of her classic study of the feminine role in film, Molly Haskell has written a new chapter addressing recent developments in the appearance and perception of women in the movies. "An incisive, exceedingly thoughtful look at the distorted lens through which Hollywood has historically viewed women. It is a valuable contribution not just of film criticism but to a society in which the vital role of women is just beginning to emerge."--Christian Science Monitor "Haskell is interested in women--how they are used in movies, how they use movies, and how the parts they play function as projections and verifications of our myths about women's lot and woman's psyche and even, lately, women's lib."--Jane Kramer, Village Voice "In examining the goddesses worshipped by an entire nation, Molly Haskell reveals a good deal about our national character and our most cherished sexual myths. . . . Concerned with the deeply ingrained belief of women's inferiority, she analyzes movies as a social product as well as a social arbiter, and she effectively demonstrates how women are encouraged to impose limitations on themselves by fashioning those selves after flickering shadows in a darkened auditorium--sexual creatures who possess neither ability nor ambition beyond their bodies. . . . Both as an examination of film and as sociology, From Reverence to Rape is excellent."--Harriet Kriegel, The Nation

Molly Haskell is a film critic and has been an adjunct professor of film at Columbia University. She is the author of the acclaimed memoir Love and Other Infectious Diseases and three books of film criticism. She lives in New York City.

Preface to the Second Edition
Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Big Lie
The Twenties
The Thirties
The Woman's Film
The Forties
The Fifties
The Europeans
The Sixties
1974-1987: The Age of Ambivalence
Index

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