MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 15,493 this week

Complicated Women (2003)

TV Movie  -   -  Documentary  -  6 May 2003 (USA)
7.7
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.7/10 from 293 users  
Reviews: 8 user

A look at actresses who starred in films with thought-provoking subjects made between 1929-1934 - before the Hollywood Production Code was enforced.

Director:

Writers:

(based on the book by), , 1 more credit »
0Check in
0Share...

Related News

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 1008 titles
created 07 Jul 2011
 
a list of 1547 titles
created 24 Apr 2013
 
list image
a list of 300 titles
created 10 months ago
 
a list of 203 titles
created 6 months ago
 
a list of 1000 titles
created 1 week ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Complicated Women (TV Movie 2003)

Complicated Women (TV Movie 2003) on IMDb 7.7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Complicated Women.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Millionaire turned composer Dick Powell rescues unemployed Broadway people with a new play.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy
Stars: Warren William, Joan Blondell, Aline MacMahon
Hold Your Man (1933)
Certificate: Passed Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Ruby falls in love with small-time con man Eddie. During a botched blackmail scheme, Eddie accidentally kills the man they were setting up. Eddie takes off and Ruby is sent to a reformatory for two years.

Director: Sam Wood
Stars: Jean Harlow, Clark Gable, Stuart Erwin
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Lil works for the Legendre Company and causes Bill to divorce Irene and marry her. She has an affair with businessman Gaerste and uses him to force society to pay attention to her. She has ... See full summary »

Director: Jack Conway
Stars: Jean Harlow, Chester Morris, Lewis Stone
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A working girl is menaced by her tyrannical employer.

Director: Roy Del Ruth
Stars: Warren William, Loretta Young, Wallace Ford
Baby Face (1933)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A young woman uses her body and her sexuality to help her climb the social ladder, but soon begins to wonder if her new status will ever bring her happiness.

Director: Alfred E. Green
Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, George Brent, Donald Cook
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Queen Christina of Sweden is a popular monarch who is loyal to her country. However, when she falls in love with a Spanish envoy, she must choose between the throne and the man she loves.

Director: Rouben Mamoulian
Stars: Greta Garbo, John Gilbert, Ian Keith
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A young hoodlum rises up through the ranks of the Chicago underworld, even as a gangster's accidental death threatens to spark a bloody mob war.

Director: William A. Wellman
Stars: James Cagney, Jean Harlow, Edward Woods
Biography | Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A film of the life of the renowned musical composer, playwright, actor, dancer and singer George M. Cohan.

Director: Michael Curtiz
Stars: James Cagney, Joan Leslie, Walter Huston
Action | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

The destiny of three soldiers during World War II. The German officer Christian Diestl approves less and less of the war. Jewish-American Noah Ackerman deals with antisemitism at home and ... See full summary »

Director: Edward Dmytryk
Stars: Marlon Brando, Montgomery Clift, Dean Martin
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

The retired dentist Caroline attends a class for computer users. Although she is married, she falls in love with her significantly younger lecturer. It turns out he used to visit her ... See full summary »

Director: Marion Vernoux
Stars: Fanny Ardant, Laurent Lafitte, Patrick Chesnais
Documentary | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

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

Director: Elaina Archer
Stars: Diane Lane, Chris Basinger, Jeanine Basinger
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
...
Herself - Narrator (voice)
Frances Dee ...
Herself
...
Herself - Interviewee (as Kitty Carlisle Hart)
Molly Haskell ...
Herself - Interviewee
...
Himself - Interviewee
Mae Madison ...
Herself - Interviewee
Karen Morley ...
Herself - Interviewee
Mark Vieira ...
Himself - Interviewee
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
...
Himself (archive footage)
Robert Barrat ...
Himself (archive footage)
...
Himself (archive footage)
...
Himself (archive footage)
...
Himself (archive footage)
...
Himself (archive footage)
...
Herself (archive footage)
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Documentary

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

6 May 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mujeres liberadas  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Features Bird of Paradise (1932) See more »

Soundtracks

Hot Voodoo
Music by Ralph Rainger
Lyrics by Sam Coslow
Used by permission of Famous Music
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
The more things change...
19 June 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is an excellent look at women in the pre-Code films. Narrated by Jane Fonda, it is extremely thought-provoking in this age of wardrobe malfunctions, hue and cry over a sexy Paris Hilton commercial, and Nicole Sheridan dropping a towel during a an ad on Super Bowl Sunday.

I found this documentary comforting in a way - 70+ years later, we're still going through all the same stuff we did back then. The way things are going, we'll be back in 1933 before you know it.

Fonda narrates with a lot of expression as she takes the viewer through pre-code movies showing prostitutes, women sleeping their way to the top, menage at trois, bisexuality, abortion, and unfaithful wives. If you're not familiar with movies done before Breen and Hays, this will be a revelation.


12 of 15 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Just Saw Complicated Women Today... Ronzique
Complicated women lucyloo63
On TV January 23 TCM micki_blue
TCM kueskues
It's on again on TCM on Thurs, May 23 at 6pm CDT. Godfrey2
Discuss Complicated Women (2003) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page