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Complicated Women (2003)

TV Movie  |   |  Documentary  |  6 May 2003 (USA)
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A look at actresses who starred in films with thought-provoking subjects made between 1929-1934 - before the Hollywood Production Code was enforced.

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An overview of the portrayal and influence of sexuality on film, from the silent era until the administration of the Hayes Code in 1934.

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Jane Fonda narrates the story of the years between the ascent of talkies until late in 1934, when the Hays Office cracked down on what it perceived as immorality in Hollywood movies. The emphasis is on how women were portrayed, and focuses on how they were much more liberated and equal (or superior) to men, until 1935 when they once again took subservient roles to their male co-stars. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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11 March 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Complicated Women (2003)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

Wonderful look at the women who made Pre-Code films from 1929-34. The film shows clips from the most popular films of the era and shines a spotlight on the women who brought the sexiness to these films. The film doesn't run too long, which is a shame because this era of Hollywood is so interesting but the movie does a good job of introducing this era to those who might not know too much about it. The discussion about the Catholic Church putting an end to this type of film is an interesting one. Jane Fonda narrates.


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