Men and Women: Do They Really Converse?

Benito Rakower, Ph.D.

Benito Rakower
Men and Women: Do They Really Converse? How Five Films Answer This Question
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Tuesday, April 14
2:30 – 4:00 PM

American films are like the Supreme Court.  They always support the beliefs of the moment.  In the most obvious, and not so obvious, ways American films support the notion that women cannot sustain intelligent conversation with a man.  In films men lecture.  Women listen raptly or break down in tears.  Faye Dunaway reversed that totally with William Holden in a famous film.

In “Network” Faye Dunaway goes to William Holden’s corporate office at night, and stands in the doorway.  The trick is how long will it take Dunaway to get Holden out of his chair and standing next to her helpless.  American feminism in film began with that scene.

In “For Whom the Bell Tolls” Ernest Hemingway defined the limits of love between a man and a woman.  Of course, only from the man’s perspective. All the selections in this lecture delve deeply and often acerbically with the topic theme.

This lecture reviews the gamut of men talking down to women in film.

“Network” (1976), “All About Eve” (1950), “Casablanca” (1942), “For Whom The Bell Tolls” (1943), and “The Red Shoes” (1948).

Dr. Benito Rakower will present this in-depth look at how men and women communicate in his upcoming spring class “Men and Women: Do They Really Converse? How Five Films Answer This Question” on Tuesday, April 14 at 2:30 PM.  To register, please go here.



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