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What Price Hollywood?Gender and Sex in the Films of George Cukor$
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Elyce Rae Helford

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780813179292

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813179292.001.0001

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The Woman’s Director and Women’s Friendships

The Woman’s Director and Women’s Friendships

(p.10) 1 The Woman’s Director and Women’s Friendships
What Price Hollywood?

Elyce Rae Helford

University Press of Kentucky

Chapter 1 focuses on white, privileged women through an exploration of female friendships. The dominance of heteronormative romance is fractured by bonds between women, even when they are more tangential than central. Through the critical work of Karen Hollinger, the chapter offers close readings centered on character and narrative in Girls on the Town (1931), Our Betters (1932), The Women (1939), and Rich and Famous (1981), thus studying representations of female friendship from the beginning to the end of Cukor’s career. The chapter concludes with a coda on The Chapman Report (1962), a film about women’s sex lives that forecloses almost entirely the possibility of friendship between women.

Keywords:   friendship, feminism, Karen Hollinger, heteronormativity

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