Unit 4: Good Woman/Bad Woman. Linda Williams: ‘sensational film body genres’: ‘ the bodies of women figured on the screen have functioned traditionally as the primary embodiments of pleasure, fear and pain.’.
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Unit 4: Good Woman/Bad Woman
Linda Williams: ‘sensational film body genres’:
‘ the bodies of women figured on the screen have functioned traditionally as the primary embodiments of pleasure, fear and pain.’
‘their function [is] cultural problem solving. Genres thrive … on the persistence of the problems they address; but genres thrive also in their ability to recast the nature of these problems.’
‘forty-year-olds are more likely to be killed by a terrorist than find a husband.’
1979, James Deardon
‘When I watched that short film, I was on the single woman’s side. And that’s what I wanted to convey in our film. I wanted the audience to feel great empathy for the woman.’
‘You hear feminists talk, and the last ten, twenty years you hear women talking about fucking men rather than being fucked …. It’s kind of unattractive, however liberated and emancipated it is. It kinda fights the whole wife role, the childbearing role. Sure you got your career and your success, but you are not fulfilled as a woman.’
‘My wife has never worked. She’s the least ambitious person I’ve ever met. She’s a terrific wife. She hasn’t the slightest interest in doing a career. She kinda lives this with me, and it’s a terrific feeling. I come home and she’s there.’
2.1 Linda Williams, ‘When the Woman Looks’
Classic horror film: