Antonioni’s color: post #1

“There are scenes and dialogue in my films which would not have been possible without the presence of walls or backgrounds of particular colors” — Michelangelo Antonioni *

Blow-Up (1966)

[Read more…]

A Tale of Two Sisters and The Uninvited: Presentations of Female Sexuality, Psychosis, and Violence

To start my research on American adaptations of foreign films, I sat down with Susan Faludi’s The Terror Dream, an in-depth analysis of the effects of 9/11 on American culture and thinking. Although Faludi tends to use somewhat isolated examples as microcosms for national trends, I found her analysis surprising and powerful, especially regarding gender roles and the treatment of women following 9/11. Faludi’s ultimate argument connects the effects of 9/11 to previous American traumas and cultural experiences – from Puritanical witch burnings to the “Wild West” of the mid-1800s – and shows similarities between these experiences. However, the most resonating moments of The Terror Dream are Faludi’s reflections on cultural reactions to 9/11 and their meanings for the men and women of this country. For example, Faludi details the anti-feminist sentiments that grew rampant after 9/11 as a Wild West/cowboy mentality swept the nation, painting President Bush as its lone ranger and rescuer of damsels in distress. Faludi connects this mentality to women’s desire to find husbands and preserve the American “home” after the attacks, a desire reflected by all forms of media. As newspapers turned their attention to women serving in motherly, domestic roles, the seasons of Sex and the City and Friends following 9/11 showed Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte, and Samantha commit to monogamous relationships or motherhood, and Monica and Chandler marry and make their first home in what was once Monica and Rachel’s bachelorette pad.

[Read more…]