11th Jun 2019
Hollywood Classics Which Were Truly Feminist
With only 7% of the output produced by the film industry directed by female directors, there’s need for empowering females on an institutional level. Not only are women denied a place and identity in public spaces but also rarely ever made an appearance on the big screen in a lead role. This is why we have a great collection of Rare cult movies DVD on legendary women of Hollywood.
There’s a pressing need to bring the women out in the open and place them on pedestals that they deserve. The contribution by women to the film industry has been undeniably generous and their role has been more than to just balance the gender ratio in a movie cast. However, it might come as a shocker to you that this gender discrimination wasn’t always the case. Even though we pride ourselves on being better thinkers and evolved modernists, the old classic movies were more devoted to the feminist cause than modern productions.
It’s astounding to see how some rare masterpieces from the golden era of Hollywood succeeded in producing films that were a significant service to the female community. Cinema is an excellent platform for voicing concerns that need to be released in the society with the largest and fastest outreach and these classics made good use of it.
I’m No Angel (1933)
You can’t have a conversation about the earliest feminist icons without mentioning Mae West more than once. Her blonde beauty wasn’t the only thing that earned her public favor; it was her commitment to her work that made her emerge as a platinum superstar. Her works as a playwright and a comedian were not only exceptional but also unconventionally bold for her time. True to her nature, she plays a character who fights the justice system and challenges its sexist rules to be seen for what she’s worth.
Now Voyager (1942)
Feminism is not always about antagonizing men who run the patriarchal system because at times their female counterparts are as much (if not more) because at time they’re as much (if not more) to blame. For a woman to break free of the shackles holding her back and rise above her limitations—be it an oppressive patriarch throttling her freedom or a female figure doing the same—is feminism at its best. The female protagonist in this movie too struggles to earn her freedom from a domineering mother. It’s her journey from being a trembling damsel who runs into romantic misadventures to a woman of steel who dares to challenge her own fate.
Johnny Guitar (1954)
Joan Crawford was an asset for classic cinema and during her tenure she was one of the few who had the spine to demand the meatiest roles from executives. Johnny Guitar was no different from films that were listed in her resume, except it was exponentially better, as it had females playing both heroine and villain. Not only do women dominate screen time but the protagonist is also portrayed as an entrepreneur who knows when and how to kick ass when need be. It’s safe to say that whichever men you do see on the screen are reduced to supporting roles for the sake of the feminist plot.
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