Name Instructor Subject Date Film Critical Response Paper: All about Eve by Joseph Mankiewicz and Imitation of Life by John Stahl Gender and gender relations are among the most portrayed thematic concerns in works of art bringing into the fore discussions about traditional conceptualizations of the relationship between male and female members and the place of women in society. Following the industrial revolution and the subsequent economic growth that increased women’s access to career opportunities more women achieved financial independence challenging existing societal structures that viewed men as breadwinners. The newfound independence also opened new avenues for challenging patriarchy and its entrenched ideologies that not only established men as the head of the family but also demanded women’s submission to male authority. These ideologies were supported by cultural values and perceptions about gender roles and the feminine conceptualization of the female body versus the masculine conceptualization of the male body. Imitation of Life by demonstrating that women can succeed relying on the benevolence of men. In conclusion the two films All about Eve by Joseph Mankiewicz and Imitations of Life by John Stahl portray the shifting power relations between men and women. Placed within the post-industrial revolution context the films point to the liberation of women from male dependence by gaining more access to career opportunities in a male-dominate world. The success of the female characters without depending on male benefactors asserts the films’ feminist agenda that women can succeed on their own right. Works Cited Althuser Louis. On The Reproduction Of Capitalism: Ideology And Ideological State Apparatuses. London: Verso Books. 2014. Print. Howson Alexandra. “Locating the Body in Sociological Thought.” Embodying Gender. New York: SAGE 2005. Print. Mankiewicz Joseph. All about Eve: Film. U.S.A: 20th Century Fox 1950. Stahl John. Imitations of Life: Film. U.SA.: Universal Pictures 1934. [...]
3 1/2 to 4 pages no outside source Connect film to class and reading The texts include films, music videos, performance art, and museum installation. The critical response should focus on how gender is made visible in the text. How does the form of the text (narrative film, film genre or formats like newscast, music video or video installation, or expressive media formats like performance or performance art) delimit, demarcate, or circumscribe gender? How do overlapping, intersecting, or determining discourses and social histories like race, ethnicity, class, or sexual identity inform or structure what you see or the image of gender? The questions above and the groupings/headings below should serve as prompts.