Complicated Women: Sex and Power in Pre-Code Hollywood

Complicated Women: Sex and Power in Pre-Code Hollywood

by Mick Lasalle

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Complicated Women: Sex and Power in Pre-Code Hollywood by Mick Lasalle

In the pre-Code Hollywood era, between 1929 and 1934, women in American cinema took lovers, had babies out of wedlock, got rid of cheating husbands, enjoyed their sexuality, led unapologetic careers, and, in general, acted the way many think women acted only after 1968.

Before 1929, women on screen had come in two varieties -- sweet ingenue or vamp. Then two stars came along: Greta Garbo, who turned the femme fatale into a woman whose capacity for love and sacrifice made all other human emotions pale; and Norma Shearer, who succeeded in taking the ingenue to a place she'd never been: the bedroom. In their wake came a deluge of other complicated women -- Marlene Dietrich, Jean Harlow, and Mae West, to name a few. Then, in July 1934, the draconian Production Code became the law in Hollywood and these modern women of the screen were banished, not to be seen again until the code was repealed three decades later. A thorough survey and tribute, Complicated Women reveals how this was the true Golden Age of women's films.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312252076
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 09/01/1900
Edition description: 1 ED
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.45(w) x 9.57(h) x 1.07(d)

About the Author

Mick LaSalle is the film critic for the San Francisco Chronicle and teaches a class at University of California at Berkeley on pre-Code film. He lives in San Francisco.

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