Divine Femininity

Paper by Kylie Johnson.

In the controversial history of Hollywood film-making, women have been through it all. Between stereotypical and racist casting, to having almost no representation in the movie-making workforce, women are just now starting to have an impact in the industry. The representation of women has changed drastically through different eras of film, from classic film noir to current pop-culture movies, but many feminine stereotypes have remained quite stagnant. In 1945, Mildred Pierce​ demonstrated the male gaze and several unflattering stereotypes of women and presented the idea that women need to return to a domestic lifestyle. In 1991, ​The Silence of the Lambs​ dealt something similar, showing that a woman cannot be independent without a man’s guidance. In 2020, ​The Invisible Man​ demonstrated an even more extreme and sinister version of the male gaze. Even though every 30 years, women have made drastic strides in terms of equality and representation, women are still struggling in the film industry to this day.

The industry has always been dominated by white men, since the dawn of its creation. So positions in the film industry like writing, directing, casting, etc, were never

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So Below: An Analysis of Class Representation in Parasite, Joker, and Fight Club

Paper by aija Schoeld.

Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite (2019), Todd Phillip’s Joker (2019), and David Fincher’s Fight Club (1999), though strikingly different films all accentuate issues in class structure and class representation through use of mise-en-scene, theme, and the rebellious nature of a forgotten lower class. These films use these elements to rebel against and call for an upheaval of the oppressive socioeconomic forces that control class structure. Class consciousness and false consciousness become central issues within these films as they violently search for representation of the lower class while making an effort to critique upper-class capitalistic values.

Class in each of these films is represented in a rather patterned way. It’s interesting that within three very different films, that such patterns would arise to portray difference in class. The lower class, in particular, is depicted in such a way that the viewer feels as if to look down upon these characters just as the capitalist system does. The way that these films do this speaks to the way that these film work to make a statement about class representation. The most prominent pattern that arises in these films is that of

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