It is perhaps no coincidence that the plots of both Haywire and Underworld: Evolution hinge on the strong female leads being betrayed by men that they trust. People tell stories from their own point of view. And when women were on the screen, a third of them were in skimpy, sexualized clothing. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo isn't strictly an action film, but the unconventional Lisbeth makes for a deeply compelling heroine, and when she eventually does take action, it's satisfying in part because of the deeper, more cathartic feminist implications there's a reason, after all, that the book was originally titled Men Who Hate Women. The 1960s: A Decade of Change for Women.
It's impossible to talk about cinematic action heroines without talking about the most iconic, and still by far the best: Ellen Ripley, the lead character of all four Alien movies and, the American Film Institute, the eighth-greatest protagonist in American cinematic history. In the film Aliens, directed by James Cameron we are shown one of the very first women in action. For example, the target audience of a country influences how films are produced in order to appeal to the specific audience. Seventy-six years after her comic book debut, the most famous female superhero in the world, Wonder Woman, finally got her own movie. As the first film progresses we find out that Lara does have her weakness, her father. That is why in the representations of women in the films Aliens and Salt, the stereotype of weak women is changed and we are shown a whole new side to women in action films, which in a sense we get a message implying that not only men can be strong, but in fact women can be as well. It is debatable whether or not the film acted as a step to progression for women in the action genre or a recycled replication of attempts made by its predecessors — do they use their sexuality for power, or to appeal to the male gaze? Among the top 100 films of 2014, women accounted for only 1.
Retrieved from Kids In Th House,. For example in Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark', Jones, the hero, is dispatched by the museum to find the Ark, the treasure, and in the process rescue the princess, Marion Ravenwood. The most insipid entries in the genre, like the Resident Evil series or the Lara Croft: Tomb Raider movies, tend to be based on modern video games—a reflection, in part, of the fact that prospective sources for action films starring women didn't really exist until recent years. Willis' character is often seen as an object to lust after, both within the narrative of the films and in the audiences of the films. However, one must take into account that this portrayal is just setting different yet equally high standards for women to achieve.
For me all of this debate only detracts from what the true focus of a film should be; an artistic expression of a story that reflects the values of the time in which it is written. Male characters were more likely than females to have anti-social goals such as criminal behavior or engaging in physical altercations. I will describe how the films are similar and are different in the media language used, the representations of the vampire and the woman and the narrative resolution. Representation of women in action films The film industry never seems to lack action films and there always plenty for the market to choose from however how many of those have women in a leading role? For many years, there were even fewer opportunities for actresses in another genre: the action movie. When fighting the enemy Salt is often hit the way a man is hit which defies how women are perceived through violence and we see that she is treated equally to a man.
There are undeniably brainless, sexist, female-led action movies that continue to routinely appear in theaters see the last year's ugly, regressive Sucker Punch. Also, one must ask the question why can't women be feminine and still strong? From a purely quantitative standpoint, women are perpetually underrepresented. The casting of Angelina Jolie, already a noted female action star, is an example of the use of star power. However her masculine traits are present so are her feminine traits. Representation of Women in Action Films Women and men are both portrayed very differently in the world of film and this is shown through how they act or are told to act on screen. Male and female characters were equally likely to be identified in dual work-related and personal life-related roles 8% of females and males.
The James Bond series limits women, leaving the female characters in a position to fulfil the stereotypes of a femme fatale or romantic interest, relying dominantly on the themes of sexuality and romance. At the end of each fight, her hair and makeup would always be perfect. By using dismemberment, the women's body parts are heavily shown as to their whole body. Martha Lauzen, Executive Director for the Center of the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University, wrote the report. Geena Davis on Gender in Media. Ultimately, the male remains in control. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publ.
This is presented through the unity of three women working together to defeat the evil that prevails over them. These extracts were taken from 'Nosferatu' a film made in the 1920's and 'Bram Stoker's Dracula' a film produced in the early 1990's. Retrieved 24 March 2016, from Coca-cola,. Disclaimer: This essay, including examples of film, music, images and interviews is provided for educational and entertainment purposes only and is not created with intent to copy or reproduce content in any manner otherwise. It is somewhat questionable why the audience was such a high percentage of males. As with the rest of the film, the first five minutes spend a lot of time focussing on Lara's body. Ellen Ripley or known as Ripley, played by Sigourney Weaver, was the protagonist of this action filled film and showed dominance and intelligence.
The only injury Lara receives is a scratch to her arm, which is almost instantly healed by special Buddhist tea'. However, the typical action film narrative contains several of Propp's key characters, the hero, the dispatcher, the princess and the treasure. The majority of male characters were in their 30s 27% and 40s 28%. Several times throughout the movie Lara is recognised and referred to as her father's daughter. Raising Awareness About Gender In The Media In Hollywood - Geena Davis.