7.9/10
322
10 user

Complicated Women (2003)

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

Director:

Hugh Munro Neely

Writers:

Mick LaSalle (based on the book by), Hugh Munro Neely | 1 more credit »
Reviews

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Jane Fonda ... Self - Narrator (voice)
Frances Dee ... Self
Kitty Carlisle ... Self - Interviewee (as Kitty Carlisle Hart)
Molly Haskell ... Self - Interviewee
Mick LaSalle ... Self - Interviewee
Mae Madison ... Self - Interviewee
Karen Morley ... Self - Interviewee
Mark Vieira ... Self - Interviewee
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Fred Astaire ... Self (archive footage)
Robert Barrat ... Self (archive footage)
John Barrymore ... Self (archive footage)
Lionel Barrymore ... Self (archive footage)
Wallace Beery ... Self (archive footage)
Charles Bickford ... Self (archive footage)
Virginia Bruce ... Self (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

Did You Know?

Connections

Features Arsène Lupin (1932) See more »

Soundtracks

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

User Reviews

 
A good appetizer - not a full meal
23 June 2019 | by gridoon2021See all my reviews

Terrific little documentary on pre-code movies, and more specifically the role of women in them, but this subject cannot be done justice to in a mere 55 minutes (it's too short). One omission I noticed: Clara Bow. Ironically, the most telling moment of the entire program may be a scene from a POST-Code film at the very end! *** out of 4.


0 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 10 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 May 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mujeres liberadas See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Timeline Films See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed