Monday, 2 July 2012

Movie Monday: The Women (1939)

Hello, pals and gals!
This is starting a brand new series on this lovely blog, how about that? Drumrolls please: Movie Mondays!
Let's admit it. One of the best things of the past decades were its movies. I myself am a huge classic movie fan, and I can't go a week without some black and white goodness! So, what I'm planning to do is every other Monday, give you guys a lil' movie recommendation. What are my favorites? What does this movie have that makes it better than the others? Who are the actors? Who directed it? I expect it to be a swell series and you're more than welcome to share suggestions of your own on the comment box!

But, Marcela, if you're giving movie recs every other Monday, what are you doing all the other 26 Mondays of the year? Drumrolls please: Music Mondays! Next Monday, and every other Monday from then, I will be talking about my favorite classic songs and how they represent their eras. How does that sound? Great! Off we go!


Oh, The Women. Oh, that comedic masterpiece.

Add up an all-female cast, meticulously directed by legendary George Cukor (who probably felt rather nice amidst all these ladies) and written by the witty hands of Anita Loos, and you have this 1939 work of art. I had the pleasure of seeing it on the big screen in Paris, and I was immediately blown away by it. It was the first time I was introduced to Norma Shearer and Joan Crawford, both of whom stole my heart instantly. 
This film explores the life of high-society woman in the Pre-WWII New York. Norma Shearer's character, Mary, is a sweet and dedicated wife, who tries to overlook her husband's neglectfulness by hanging out with the perfect group of girlfriends, always happy and gossip-y. They talk about other people's lives while taking care of their impeccable appearances at the beauty salon and the gym. Sounds awfully frivolous, but in the talented hands of Rosalind Russell, Paulette Goddard and Joan Fontaine, it becomes pure comedy gold. 
In one of her gossip sessions, however, Mary discover some shocking news: Her husband has been cheating on her. Devastated and decided to end the marriage, Mary sees her world turn upside down. However, her friends will not let her down, not Mary's girls! They will stalk the "other woman", find out where she works, whether or not she's pretty, rich, everything they can dig up! The detective ladies make this movie absolutely worth watching. 

This is the ideal movie for women who like a soft, catty comedy, with witty dialogues and also some plain screwball-like scenes. It has also strangely feminist undertones, considering this is supposed to be a frivolous movie and it is from before the second world war. However, Mary's confrontation of her family and husband to go get a divorce by herself represents a not very usual move for the women of the thirties. 

I recommend it to absolutely everyone with eyes and ears to appreciate it. 

Movie File:
Cast:
Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, Rosalind Russell, Paulette Goddard, Joan Fontaine, Mary Boland and Virginia Weidler
Directed by George Cukor
Written by Anita Loos
Black and White, 133 minutes
Released September 1st 1939


So long,
Marcela

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