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From Reverence to Rape : Treatment of Women in the Movies - Molly Haskell

From Reverence to Rape

Treatment of Women in the Movies


Published: 15th October 1987

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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"

Preface to the Second Editionp. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. x
Introductionp. xi
The Big Liep. 1
The Twentiesp. 42
The Thirtiesp. 90
The Woman's Filmp. 153
The Fortiesp. 189
The Fiftiesp. 231
The Europeansp. 277
The Sixtiesp. 323
1974-1987: The Age of Ambivalencep. 372
Indexp. 403
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ISBN: 9780226318851
ISBN-10: 0226318850
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 460
Published: 15th October 1987
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.0 x 14.0  x 2.69
Weight (kg): 0.42
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised