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From the 1930s through the 1950s, hundreds of "women's films" came out of Hollywood. These widely disparate films allowed the audience a visual liberation into romance, luxury, glamour, and "bad" female behavior, but then showed viewers "the way women ought to be." Now a film studies expert sheds light on these films. 45 photos.
"Ms. Basinger analyzes Hollywood's view with affectionate wit and verve . . . Her book is a timely reminder that female rebellion didn't start with Thelma and Louise."--New York Times Book Review
"An intelligent, thought-provoking look at a genre too often dismissed as either sheer trash or simply another cultural instrument of female oppression. Basinger possesses -- and conveys -- a lively appreciation for the complexities of popular culture." --Washington Post Book World
A book about the 'woman's film,' and written in clear, intelligible prose, is almost as alluring as the best of the films themselves . . . a book with fascinating detail that stays readable to the end."--Cineaste