From Reverence to Rape: The Treatment of Women in the Movies

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University of Chicago Press, 1987 - Performing Arts - 425 pages
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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

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Review: From Reverence to Rape: The Treatment of Women in the Movies

User Review  - David Maguire - Goodreads

Excellent overview of the way women have been portrayed in cinema, from the dawn of silent movies to the 80s slasher Read full review

Review: From Reverence to Rape: The Treatment of Women in the Movies

User Review  - Aaron Haspel - Goodreads

Intermittent insights if you know the movies well enough, but marred by lapses in logic and taste, and hand-waving about gender differences. Good on Doris Day and Douglas Sirk. There is a photo of ... Read full review

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Molly Haskell is a film critic and has been an adjunct professor of film at Columbia University. She is the author of the acclaimed memoir Love and Other Infectious Diseases and three books of film criticism. She lives in New York City.

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