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A Woman's View by Jeanine Basinger
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Oct 14, 2008

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A big brick of a book. For some 500 rather graceless pages Basinger stomps from film synopsis to film synopsis with a smattering of analysis (and a lot of bullet-point lists) scattered between, presenting the often contradictory ways studio-era Hollywood films presented women and "women's problems." Taking full advantage of her far-reaching knowledge of films, Basinger presents a lot of compelling evidence and examples for her loosely sketched themes but unfortunately fails to do much with it. Still, it often makes for interesting reading, and I managed to soldier through right to the end, and I suppose that counts for something.

"It is obvious that seeds off unrest, even rebellion, were planted in some female minds by th evidence they saw on-screen, despite the conventional endings that turn a story into a cautionary tale."
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