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‘I Want to Go Someplace Where I Can Be a Woman’: The Problem of ‘Having it All’ in the Screwball Comedy Romance

A woman’s place, in the eyes of His Girl Friday heroine, Hildy Johnson (Rosalind Russell), is difficult to find. Caught in a web of clacking typewriters, front-page stories, and an obsessive ex-husband, who uses every trick in the book to win her back, Hildy has little time to discover a ‘place’ which she can call her own. The 1940 screwball comedy presents ‘career woman’ and ‘wife’ as mutually exclusive roles. Hildy, it seems, cannot find happiness in both her work in journalism and her personal life. She finds herself torn between these two worlds, embodied in her two suitors: hard-boiled editor, Walter Burns (played by the iconic Cary Grant), and the dull Bruce Baldwin (Ralph Bellamy). Continue reading ‘I Want to Go Someplace Where I Can Be a Woman’: The Problem of ‘Having it All’ in the Screwball Comedy Romance

Resisting Ageism in Hollywood: Stars Coming Into Their Own Later in Their Careers

When you think of actors coming into their own, who comes to mind? Florence Pugh? Timothée Chalamet? Saoirse Ronan? Zendaya? Many people will envision the faces of young Hollywood actors and actresses, at the start of their careers, who seem to be everywhere. They’re in every film and awards show, on the cover of every magazine and talked about across the internet. Hollywood loves them and so does the media, praising them for their early success and writing article upon article about the accolades they’re receiving. But what about the actors who are experiencing huge recognition at a later age and stage in their career? Continue reading Resisting Ageism in Hollywood: Stars Coming Into Their Own Later in Their Careers

A Man’s World? Women Snubbed Once Again at Golden Globe Awards

It’s that time of year again – the Golden Globe Awards. Now, in the film-making industry this should be a time for excitement and celebration. However, with the recent release of the Golden Globe nominations, it is clear that talented women behind the camera continue to find their creative voices silenced and their work undermined and shut out. It is nearly 2020, a new decade, and yet there are still no females nominated for Best Screenplay or for Best Direction Awards. Stacy Smith, the founder of USC’s Annenberg Inclusion Initiate stated that the Golden Globes is limited in its ‘lopsided view of talent that fosters the longevity of male directors over their female peers’. Hollywood is overwhelmingly a male sector, and with these nominations, it seems that the Golden Globes’ objective is to perpetuate that. Continue reading A Man’s World? Women Snubbed Once Again at Golden Globe Awards