The Role Of Women In Mad Max: Fifty Shades Of Gray

analytical Essay
2017 words
2017 words

Film making has gone through quite the substantial change since it’s initial coining just before the turn of the 19th century, and one would tend argue that the largest amount of this change has come quite recently or more so in the latter part of film’s history as a whole. One of the more prominent changes having taken place being the role of women in film. Once upon a time having a very set role in the industry, such as editing for example. To mention briefly the likes of Dede Allen, Verna Fields, Thelma Schoonmaker and so forth. Our female counterparts now occupy virtually every aspect of the film making industry that males do; and in many instances excel past us. Quite clearly this change has taken place behind the lens, but has it taken …show more content…

In this essay, the author

  • Argues that filmmaking has gone through substantial change since it's initial coining just before the turn of the 19th century.
  • Analyzes the importance of feminist film theory in opening up debates aroundspectatorship, the male gaze, and the roles women play as ‘object of the look’.
  • Analyzes the impact of fifty shades of gray on society, and the irony of it being a film that was predominately read by females.
  • Analyzes how el james' fifty shades of grey has sparked controversy amongst feminists, since it features a woman who subjugates herself for erotic pleasure with her boss.
  • Analyzes the effect film has on our outlook of the world as a whole and in turn how we view one another.
  • Analyzes how mad max: fury road is almost the narrative reversal of fifty shades of gray, when considering the roles of women in each film.
  • Opines that the triumph of mad max: fury road doesn't necessarily lie in its championing of women, but rather in the packaging of these ideas. hollywood is seemingly always playing catch up in portraying women in whatever manner the order of the day calls for.
  • Analyzes how the film bandit queen struck a cord upon its release. although touching primarily on the indian caste system, the narrative following that of phoolan devi’s abuse is easily detached.
  • Analyzes how narrative content was cited as being so severe that it overshadowed the main points it was trying to make in relation to the treatment of women in indian culture.
  • Opines that the film's portrayal of women as being objectified on screen was integral in the telling of the story, but was not the main focus.
  • Opines that film-makers may benefit from the films they make. kosambi's bandit queen through indian eyes: the reconstructions and reincarnations of phoolan devi and david lynch’s blue velvet had similar reactions from viewers.
  • Analyzes how dorothy uses her sexual prowess as a tool in luring the main protagonist jeffery to do her bidding.
  • Analyzes how blue velvet offers a revision of film noir that re-casts many of the genre’s standard patterns.
  • Argues that women are still objectified in contemporary filmmaking in light of feminist film theory.

However the manner of how women in Mad Max are portrayed visually is still somewhat evocative, given their initial circumstance being that of sex objects for the tyrannical Immortan Joe and the touching upon Laura Mulvay’s writings on the male gaze. Again, this contrasts to the prim and proper tie and suit attire of Anastasia. However the manner in which director Miller depicts these females towards the end of the film being key players in large action set pieces wherein they are actively fighting for their liberation is the film’s redemption. To conclude, it is ultimately a film not of objectification, but of the struggle and fight against it, where as Fifty Shades is a narrative of a woman’s curiosity in an S&M life-style. As put forth by Gallagher in Old Hands, New Breed,

“The triumph of Mad Max: Fury Road doesn’t necessarily lie in its championing of women – it is, ultimately, hardly bringing any revolutionary ideas to contemporary gender politics, but rather in the packaging of these ideas. Miller

has succeeded in making a multi-layered statement regarding the

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