Vamps, Vixens, Femmes Fatales and Kick-ass Gurrrls: Transgressive Women in the Movies


Vamps, Vixens, Femmes Fatales and Kick-ass Gurrrls: Transgressive Women in the Movies












Movies by Date 1900-1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s-1970s 1980s-1990s 2000 - present

Streetwalkers, Hustlers, Call Girls and Courtesans in the Movies

Film Noir
Horror Films (for female vampires, etc.)
Cult Films: Caged Heat: Women in Prison Films / Women Gone Wild
LGBT Films in MRC

1900 - 1920s

Petticoat Camp(1912)
Cast: Florence LaBadie, William Garwood, the Jordan Sisters. A light-handed battle-of-the-sexes comedy portraying several married couples vacationing on an island. When the men play and the women work, the ladies rebel and move to an island of their own.Petticoat camp: A light-handed battle-of-the-sexes comedy portraying several married couples vacationing on an island. When the men play and the women work, the ladies rebel and move to an island of their own. 15 min. DVD 5863

How Men Propose(1913)
Directed by Lois Weber. Cast: Chester Barnett, Margarita Fischer, Grace Darling, Phillips Smalley. "How Men Propose illustrates Lois Weber's interest in male-female relationships, even in this early comic short. Structured around repetition and reversal, the comedy shows its heroine entertaining multiple marriage proposals from different suitors, each unaware of the other. If at first the humor seems to revolve around the heroine?s fickleness, those assumptions are reversed in the final scene. There we learn she is a professional journalist studying how men propose and wisely exploiting the men's willingness to be fooled by her feminine charms. By keeping viewers unaware of the heroine's motives until the end, the film challenges expectations about conventional male and female behavior." [Women Film Pioneers] 6 min. DVD 645; vhs 999:1024

Lois Weber bibliography

A Fool There Was(1915)
Directed by Frank Powell. Cast: Edward José, Theda Bara, Mabel Frenyear, Victor Benoit. A cunning woman uses her irresistible charms to seduce and abandon a series of influential men. When one lover commits suicide on the deck of a luxury liner, she merely turns her gaze to another passenger, and leads him down a path to moral degradation and public scorn. Based on the play "A fool there was" by Porter Emerson Browne, and the poem "The vampire" by Rudyard Kipling. 67 min. DVD 4964
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Staiger, Janet. "The Vamp." In: Bad women : regulating sexuality in early American cinema / Janet Staiger. Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, 1995. (Full text available online [UCB users only]; Print: Main and Moffitt PN1995.9.W6 S73 1995)

Joan The Woman (1917)
Directed by Cecil B. DeMille. For various film versions of the life of Joan of Arc, SEE Biopics

Hearts and Flowers (1918)
Director, Edward F. Cline. Cast: Louise Fazenda, Ford Sterling, Phyllis Haver, Billy Armstrong, Jack Ackroyd. A Mack Sennett slapstick comedy that features a cross-dressed girl romancing another girl. 23 min. DVD 1313; vhs 999:1900
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The Married Virgin (1918)
Directed by Joe Maxwell. Cast: Rudolph Valentino, Vera Sisson, Frank Newburg, Edward Jobson, Kathleen Kirkham. In order to save her wealthy father from disgrace and a possible prison sentence, a daughter agrees to marry the gigolo who's been blackmailing him. What the daughter doesn't know, however, is that the gigolo is actually in cahoots with her father's new wife, a conniving schemer who plans to fleece her new husband for everything he has, then flee the country with her lover. Disc also contains: Eyes of youth [excerpt] (1919, 10 min.) / directed by Albert Parker -- Pathe News : Valentino dead (1926) (4 min.). 86 min. DVD X2450
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The Flapper (1920)
Directed by Alan Crosland. Cast: Olive Thomas, Warren Cook, Theodore Westman, Jr., Katherine Johnston, Arthur Housman. The story of an innocent girl from the country who comes to a boarding school and enjoys the sophisticated life of a liberated women until she gets mixed up with some crooks and must do what's responsible. Issued with: Olive Thomas, everybody's sweetheart. 88 min. DVD X2016
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Golden, Eve. "Olive Thomas." In: Golden images : 41 essays on silent film stars / by Eve Golden ; foreword by Bob King. Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, c2001. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.2 .G65 2001; Moffitt PN1998.2 .G65 2001)

Her First Flame(1920)
Director: Bruno C. Becker. Cast: Gale Henry, Milburn Morante, Hap Ward, Phyllis Allen. It is the year 1950; women have taken over men's jobs and have become the aggressors in romantic situations. Lizzie Hap stuffs the ballot box, defeats her opponent, Minnie Fish, and is thereby elected Fire Chief of the all female fire department, and succeeds in winning the hand of her fair loved one, Willie Wart. DVD X6825
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Ich mochte kein Mann sein: A Comedy in Three Acts (I Don't Want to be a Man)(Germany, 1920)
Directed by Ernst Lubitsch. Ossi, a tomboy full of a fun-loving spirit, tired or being urged to behave like a "proper young lady," heads to a local men's store and has herself fitted for an evening suit. Soon she's out on the streets in top hat, white tie, and tails, her hair groomed like a boy's, she rides the street car, and goes to a ballroom where she's soon drinking champagne and smoking cigars, flirting with (and even kissing) her own guardian. 45 min. DVD 6815
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Sex (1920)
Directed by Fred Niblo. Cast: Louise Glaum, William Conklin, Viola Barry, Myrtle Stedman, Irving Cummings. A cabaret star who uses her sex appeal to lure men, ruin marriages and then move on to better prospects, finds the tables turned when she gets married and her husband is seduced by another woman. Special features: "Photo gallery of un-clad and under-clad stars from the silent era and into the early 1930s, including Louise Brooks, Clara Bow, Douglas Fairbanks, Mae Mest, and many more." 81 min. DVD X2017
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Sappho (aka. Mad love) (1921)
Director, Dimitri Buchowetzky. Cast: Pola Negri, Johannes Riemann, Alfred Abel, Albert Steinrück. The engineer Georg de la Croix suffers a nervous breakdown due to the continuous unfaithfulness of his lover, Dame Sappho. Georg ends up in a lunatic asylum. His brother, Richard wants to avenge him but instead falls in love with the beautiful woman himself. 82 min. DVD X4388
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Salomé (1922)
Directed by Charles Bryant. Cast: Alla Nazimova, Mitchell Lewis, Nigel De Brulier, Rose Dione, Earl Schenck.Salome, the daughter of Herodias, seduces her step-father/uncle Herod, governor of Judea, with a salacious dance. In return, he promises her the head of the prophet John the Baptist. 74 min. DVD 4955
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Lady of the Night (1925)
Directed by Monta Bell. Cast: Norma Shearer, Malcolm McGregor, George K. Arthur, Dale Fuller. Handsome David Page is loved by two very different women: Molly, an overpainted and undereducated floozy, and Florence, a refined graduate of a finishing school. Since both lovelorn ladies are played by Norma Shearer, melodrama fans know they're in for double the romantic heartache. Shearer was on the cusp of stardom when she took these showy dual roles. She makes both women strong characters, but it's her Molly who stands out: blowzy, crude, aching with love and longing for class. 64 min. DVD X5548
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My Lady of Whims(1925)
Director: Dallas M. Fitzerald. Cast: Clara Bow, Donald Keith, Carmelita Geraghty, Francis McDonald, Lee Moran. Prudence is actually a nice girl at heart, even though she's led her indulgent but worried Dad to believe she's kicking up her heels and living life to the full in Greenwich Village. So Dad hires a muscle man to track down his "wayward" daughter and see that she stays out of trouble. 44 min. DVD X3189
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Clara Bow bibliography

Within the Law (1926)
Directed by Frank Lloyd. Cast: Norma Talmadge, Jack Mulhall, Joseph Kilgour, Helen Ferguson, Eileen Percy, Lew Cody.Follows a shopgirl who is unjustly accused of stealing and then sent to jail. She plots revenge against her former employer, using 'rich men's' legal tricks, yet staying 'within the law.' 105 min. DVD X2921
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Parisian Love (1925)
Directed by Louis J. Gasnier. Cast: Clara Bow, Donald Keith, Lillian Leighton, James Gordon Russell, Hazel Keener, Lou Tellegen, Jean De Briac, Otto Matiesen, Alyce Mills. Marie, a dancer in a seedy district of Paris, attempts to seduce the wealthy man who stole her lover in an elaborate scheme of revenge. 70 min. DVD 1573
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Dancing Mothers (1926)
Directed by Herbert Brenon. Cast: Conway Tearle, Alice Joyce, Clara Bow, Donald Keith, Dorothy Cumming, Elsie Lawson, Norman Trevor. Set during the 1920's flapper era a wealthy family is torn apart when the wife discovers that her husband is cheating on her. The shock opens her eyes for the first time to the selfishness and shallowness of her daughter and husband. Based on the play by Edgar Selwyn and Edmund Goulding. 64 min. DVD X3150; vhs 999:2669
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Kiki (1926)
Directed by Clarence Brown. Cast: Norma Talmadge, Jack Mulhall, Joseph Kilgour, Helen Ferguson, Eileen Percy, Lew Cody. A high-spirited Parisian gamine is determined to become a chorus girl and win the heart of the Follies manager, even if it means performing some rather unladylike stunts. 96 min. DVD X2921
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Love 'em and Leave 'em (1926)
Director, Frank Tuttle. Cast: Evelyn Brent, Lawrence Gray, Louise Brooks. Brooks as jazz-baby and flirtatious flapper is almost more than big sister can handle, who bails her out when she gambles away the department store's party fund. 64 min. DVD X3151
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Mantrap (1926)
Directed by Victor Fleming. Cast: Clara Bow, Ernest Torrence, Ralph Prescott. A young woman's flirtatious nature leads her to romantic adventures at a back woods outpost along the Canadian border in the 1920's. 66 min. DVD X3150
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Miss Mend: An Adventure Serial in Three Parts (Soviet Union, 1926)
Directors, Fyodor Otsep, Boris Barnet. Cast: Natalia Glan, Vladimir Fogel, Igor Ilyinsky. An action-packed adventure serial in three feature-length episodes, produced in Russia with the goal of rivaling, and possibly even surpassing, the most entertaining American movies of the 1920s. Based on a 1923 pulp novel allegedly written by the American "Jim Dollar" (actually the nom-de-plume of a Russian woman, Marietta Shaginian). The film's heroine, Vivian Mend, is an elegant urban professional who earns her own living and raises a child without the help of any man. Includes some pointed comments on labor relations, racism, excessive wealth, gratuitous violence and even rape. Special features: 2 documentaries (on disc 2): Miss Mend : a whirlwind vision of an imagined America; The music behind Miss Mend : the invisible orchestra. Booklet: Miss Mend and soviet americanism / Ana Olenina and Maxim Pozoodrovkin. 285 min.min. DVD X3625
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The Temptress(1926)
Directed by Fred Niblo. Cast: Greta Garbo, Antonio Moreno and Lionel Barrymore (106 min.) Unhappy wife Elena falls in love with a Spanish engineer, Robledo. When it is revealed that Elena is not only married, but has also been the mistress of a banker, Robledo returns to South America. Subsequently, Elena and her husband also go to South America. Years later Robledo returns to Paris and runs into Elena who does not seem to recognize him. Elena has become a pathetic drunkard who is apparently beyond Robledo's help. Based on the novel by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez. 106 min. DVD 4286
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Hula (1927)
Director, Victor Fleming. Cast: Clara Bow, Clive Brook, Arlette Marchal, Albert Gran, Agostino Borgato. The daughter of a pineapple plantation owner in "Hula" Calhoun, the daughter of a Hawaiian Planter, sidesteps the dissolute influence of her father through the guidance of her Uncle Edwin, who prefers a more natural existence to the society life of the family. although Hula is adored by Harry Dehan, a boisterous rounder, she becomes infatuated with Anthony Haldane, a young English engineer who comes to supervise the construction of a dam on the estate. Haldane remains distant, however; and when saving her from a runaway horse, he informs her that he is married. At her birthday party, the broken-hearted girl turns to Dehan, and in a drunken frenzy she provokes Haldane by her dancing; he then promises to obtain a divorce, but Mrs. Haldane appears. Hula jealously bribes the foreman to dynamite a spot near the dam, convincing the wife that her husband is ruined. Haldane's wife agrees to the divorce, and he is free to marry Hula. (Information from "American Film Institute Catalogue of Feature Films".) 64 min. DVD X3189
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Abate, Michelle Ann. "The tomboy shifts from feminist to flapper : Clara Bow in Victor Fleming's Hula." In: Tomboys : a literary and cultural history / Michelle Ann Abate. Philadelphia : Temple University Press, 2008. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PS374.S46 A23 2008)

Clara Bow bibliography

Bare Knees(1928)
Director, Erle C. Kenton.. Cast: Virginia Lee Corbin, Donald Keith, Jane Winton, Johnnie Walker, Forrest Stanley, Maude Fulton. In this flapper movie from the roaring '20s Billie arrives home in the middle of her sister's birthday party and causes a sensation with her bare knees, bobbed hair, short skirts, new slang, cigarettes and other flapper accountrements. 61 min. DVD X4471; vhs 999:2671
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The Battle of the Sexes(1928)
Director, D.W. Griffith. Cast: Jean Hersholt, Phyllis Haver, Belle Bennett, Don Alvarado, Sally O'Neil. A middle-aged magnate makes a fool of himself when he strays from his loving wife and children into the cynical arms of a gold digger and her dishonest lover. Based on "The single standard" by Daniel Carson Goodman. 88 min. DVD 374
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Beggars of Life(1928)
Directed by William A. Wellman. Cast: Wallace Beery, Louise Brooks, Richard Arlen, Blue Washington. After killing her treacherous step-father, a girl tries to escape the country with a young vagabond. She dresses as a boy, they hop freight trains, quarrel with a group of hobos, and steal a car in their attempt to escape the police, and reach Canada. 104 min. DVD X3097
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A Lady of Chance(1928)
Directed by Robert Z. Leonard. Cast: Norma Shearer, Lowell Sherman, John Mack Brown, Gwen Lee. Shearer makes her last silent film a fun one, portraying a tough cookie who falls among thieves even shadier than she is, cons them at their own grifts and marries what she thinks is a wealthy young son of the South. From the story "Little angel" by Leroy Scott. 104 min. DVD X5553
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Our Dancing Daughters (1928)
Directed by Harry Beaumont. Cast: Joan Crawford, John Mack Brown, Nils Asther, Dorothy Sebastian, Anita Page. They were called jazz babies, "hot mamas" caught up in the '20s roar. They wore their hair bobbed and defied sexual convention and danced the Charleston and Black Bottom till dawn. This is their story told through the life of Diana Medford, an energetic flapper whose flirting and drinking masked her true feelings about love and sex. 97 min. DVD X5678; vhs 999:2672
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Pandora's Box (Die Büchse der Pandora) (Germany, 1928)
Directed by G.W. Pabst. Cast: Louise Brooks, Fritz Kortner, Franz Lederer, Carl Goetz, Krafft-Raschig, Alice Roberts; Daisy d'Ora, Gustav Diessl. Follows the downward spiral of the fiery, brash, yet innocent showgirl Lulu, whose sexual vivacity has a devastating effect on everyone with whom she comes in contact until she is finally murdered by Jack the Ripper. Adapted from the plays "Erdgeist" and "Die Bueschse der Pandora" by Frank Wedekind. Special features: Four musical scores, each offering its own interpretation of the film; Audio commentary by film scholars Thomas Elsaesser and Mary Ann Doane; "Louise Brooks: looking for Lulu" (1998), a 60-minute documentary by Hugh Munro Neeley; "Lulu in Berlin" (1971), a rare, 48-minute interview with Louise Brooks by verite documentarian Richard Leacock and Susan Steinberg Woll; New video interviews with Leacock, about Brooks, and Michael Pabst the director's son; Stills gallery; Book featuring Kenneth Tynan's 1979 essay "The girl in the black helmet," an article by Louise Brooks on her relationship with Pabst, and a new essay by critic J. Hoberman. 110 min. DVD 6629; vhs 999:31
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Lulu in Berlin. Video/C 1849
The Role of Women in the Movies. Video/C 835 NRLF #: B 4 175 470

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Passion of Joan of Arc (La Passion de Jeanne D'Arc) (France, 1928)
Directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer. For various film versions of the life of Joan of Arc, SEE Biopics

The Patsy (1928)
Directed by King Vidor. Cast: Marie Dressler, Lawrence Gray, Marion Davies, Orville Caldwell, Dell Henderson, Jane Winton. Patsy Harrington is the drudge of her social-climbing family. Secretly in love with Tony Anderson, the boyfriend of her irresponsible but irresistible sister Grace, Patsy yearns to be a 'personality girl.' Rather than cultivate her looks, she decides to become the 'intellectual' of her family, which outrages her mother who believes that beauty and brains don't mix. Meanwhile, the fickle Grace begins cheating on Tony with a millionaire named Bill. For Tony's sake, the 'new' Patsy throws herself at Grace's new beau, hoping to break up the romance. Based on the play by Barry Conners. 78 min. DVD X6460
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Our Modern Maidens (1929)
Directed by Jack Conway. Cast: Joan Crawford, Rod La Rocque, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr, Anita Page, Josephine Dunn. A roaring twenties film with flaming youth, gleaming roadsters, supple flappers, and tuxedo clad rakes. Billie is a careless heiress to a fortune and good friends with her naive summer guest, Kentucky. Billie's fiance doesn't notice Kentucky--at first. And when Billie meets a smoldering young diplomat, the callow joy boys that surround her suddenly seem stale. 75 min. DVD X5680; vhs 999:3484
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Reckless Rosie (1929)
Directed by Neal Burns. Cast: Billy Engle, Frances Lee. The story is about two rival lingerie manufacturers. One has invented a new negligee and entrusts it to pretty Francis Lee to take to the underwear show. However, on the way, the evil rivals pull out all the stops two get it." [IMDB] 11 min. DVD X427
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(1929)
Directed by John S. Robertson. Cast: Greta Garbo, Nils Asther, Dorothy Sebastian, John Mack Brown, Lane Chandler, Mahlon Hamilton, Kathlyn Williams, Zeffie Tilbury. Garbo plays a free spirit who revolts against an era that condones men's amorous dalliances and condemns women for doing the same. From the novel by Adela Rogers St. Johns. 72 min. DVD X6927
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The Wild Party (1929)
Directed by Dorothy Arzner. Cast: Clara Bow, Fredric March, Marceline Day, Shirley O'Hara, Adrienne Doré, Joyce Compton, Jack Oakie, Jack Luden, Phillips Holmes. Wild girls at a college pay more attention to parties than their classes. But when one party girl, Stella Ames, goes too far at a local bar and gets in trouble, her professor has to rescue her. Gossip linking the two escalates until Stella proves she is decent by shielding an innocent girl and winning the professor's respect. 75 min. DVD X6240
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1930s

The Blue Angel (Der Blaue Engel) (Germany, 1930)
Directed by Josef Von Sternberg. Cast: Marlene Dietrich, Emil Jannings, Hans Albers, Rosa Valetti. One of the early sound masterpieces of German cinema, this film made Marlene Dietrich an international star and helped assure director Joseph von Sternberg a place in cinematic history. The story is a gripping portrait of a middle-aged professor who is degraded by his obsession with a tawdry cafe entertainer. Presents two versions of the film: The original German and original English versions. Special features: Audio commentary (German version only) ; Marlene Dietrich's "Blue Angel" screen test ; Dietrich interview footage ; original trailer ; Dietrich concert footage ; photo gallery ; filmmaker/cast bios. ; production history. Adapted from the novel by Heinrich Mann. Disc 1. German version with English subtitles (106 min.) -- Disc 2. English version (94 min.) DVD 951; vhs 999:27
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The Divorcee (1930)
Directed by Robert Z. Leonard. Cast: Norma Shearer, Chester Morris, Conrad Nagel, Robert Montgomery Based on Ursula Parrott’s spicy 1929 novel "Ex-wife," the highly controversial The Divorcee was nominated for four Academy Awards including Best Picture. Norma Shearer won for Best Actress as a woman who confronts the hypocrisy of the double standard after catching her husband in a compromising position and forcing him to confess his infidelities. Her solution to the problem: try to match him tryst for tryst. 82 min. DVD 9397
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Asimow, Michael. "Divorce In The Movies: From The Hays Code to Kramer vs. Kramer." Legal Studies Forum Volume 24, Number 2 (2000)

Madame Satan (1930)
Directed by Cecil B. DeMille. Cast: Kay Johnson, Reginald Denny, Lillian Roth, Roland Young, Elsa Petersen, Jack King, Edward Prinz, Boyd Irwin, Wallace MacDonald, Tyler Brooke, Ynez Seabury, Theodore Kosloff, Julanne Johnston, Martha Sleeper, Doris McMahon, Vera Marsh, Albert Conti, Earl Askam, Countess DeLiguoro, Katharine Irving, Lotus Thompson, Aileen Ransom, Abe Lyman and his band. A man is bewitched by the mysterious Madam Satan he meets at a lavish masquerade ball. Does this mean the end of his marriage to the demure spouse he left at home? Not likely, because the temptress is really his wife in disguise! 116 min. DVD X6064
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Party Girl (1930)
Directed by Victor Halperin. Cast: Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Jeannette Loff, Judith Barrie, John St. Polis, Sammy Blum. A daring dramatization of the secret, inner workings of an escort service. Miss Lindsey runs a party girl racket, sending poor girls to make quick money servicing the impulses of rich men. 61 min. DVD X971
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Schaefer, Eric. "Resisting Refinement: The Exploitation Film and Self-Censorship." Film History 1994 6(3): 293-313 21p UC users only
Shary, Timothy. "Angry Young Women: The Emergence of the "Tough Girl" Image in American Teen Films." Post Script - Essays in Film and the Humanities 19:2 (Winter 1999-Spring 2000) p. 49-61 UC users only

Dishonored (1931)
Directed by Josef von Sternberg. Cast: Marlene Dietrich, Victor McLaglen, Gustav von Seyffertitz, Warner Oland, Lew Cody, Barry Norton, Davison Clark, Wilfred Lucas, Bill Powell. Marlene Dietrich plays the role of a spy, Agent X-27 who is recruited by the Austrian Secret Service to feret out secrets from the enemy and alters the course of the war until she meets up with the Russian agent Colonel Kranau. 87 min. DVD X7272; DVD X2063
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Abbate, Carolyn. "Cipher and performance in Sternberg's Dishonored." In: Music and the aesthetics of modernity : essays / edited by Karol Berger & Anthony Newcomb. Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Dept. of Music : Distributed by Harvard University Press, 2005. (Music ML3845 .M9725 2005)
Jacobowitz, Florence. "Spying on masculinity: "Dishonored."" Cineaction, Winter 1992, Issue 26/27, p22-31, 10p

Josef von Sternberg bibliography

A Free Soul (1931)
Directed by Clarence Brown. Cast: Norma Shearer, Leslie Howard, Lionel Barrymore, James Gleason, Clark Gable, Lucy Beaumont. In A Free Soul, Lionel Barrymore captured an Oscar for his portrayal of a brilliant alcoholic lawyer Stephen Ashe, who successfully defends dashing gangster Ace Wilfong (Clark Gable) on a murder charge only to find that his headstrong daughter, Jan (Norma Shearer), has fallen in love with his client. Jan, a fun-loving socialite seeking freedom from her blue-blood upbringing, is only too eager to dump her aristocratic boyfriend (Leslie Howard) for the no-good gangster. She runs away from her childhood home to become Ace's mistress, embarking on a series of seedy adventures in New York's underbelly. Desperate to save his daughter's tainted reputation, Stephen finds her and makes her a deal: He'll stop drinking if she'll stop seeing Ace. The thrilling conclusion might just tear them apart forever. Shearer and director Clarence Brown also received nominations for their work in this powerful and moving film. 93 min. DVD 9397
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The Lady Refuses (1931)
Directed by Wallace Smith. Cast: Betty Compson, John Darrow, Gilbert Emery, Margaret Livingston, Ivan Lebedeff, Edgar Northon, Daphne Pollard. A British aristocrat hires a poor young woman to woo his son away from a gold-digger. 72 min. DVD 7636
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Night Life in Reno (1931)
Directed by Victor Halperin. Cast: Virginia Valli, Dixie Lee, Jameson Thomas, Dorothy Christy, Arthur Housman. A wife catches her husband messing around with another woman. Outraged, she proceeds to Reno, Nevada, for a quickie divorce. Since Reno requires a six-week wait for a divorce to become final, the wife must find something to do during that time, so she decides to take advantage of the night life of the city, which she finds out to be a lot wilder than she expected. 58 min. DVD X4697
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Susan Lenox: Her Fall and Rise (1931)
Directed by Robert Z. Leonard. Cast: Greta Garbo, Jean Hersholt, Clark Gable, John Miljan, Alan Hale, Hale Hamilton, Hilda Vaughn. Helga, a poor farm girl, runs off from the lecherous brute who means to marry her and lands in the arms of a charming neighbor, engineer Rodney Spencer. When misfortune separates them, Helga seeks refuge with circus folk, then is forced to trade her body for survival in an uncaring world. Using the name Susan Lenox, the fallen woman rises high, all the way to a Manhattan penthouse. From the book by David Graham Phillips. 76 min. DVD X6027
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Blonde Venus (1932)
Directed by Josef von Sternberg. Cast: Marlene Dietrich, Herbert Marshall, Cary Grant, Hattie McDaniel. The story of a woman who is torn between two men, her successful stage career and her child. Helen Faraday is a nightclub singer turned housewife, but when her husband needs money to have a life-saving operation, she decides to resume her career as a singer to raise money. She undergoes a chain of events that separate her from her husband and force her to make a choice between her lucrative singing career, and her role as a wife and mother. "Herbert Marshall's glimpse of Marlene Dietrich's skinny-dip leads to marriage and toddler Dickie Moore, their happiness derailed when she must hit the streets to pay for hubbie?s radium poisoning treatments. The most outlandish of the Dietrich/von Sternberg pictures, highlighted by her gorilla-suited "Hot Voodoo" number, plus a lucrative affair with young Cary Grant." For a discussion of the censorship problems encountered by this film, see the American Film Institute Catalog [UCB users only] 94 min. DVD 6912; also DVD X2066; vhs 999:349
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Blondie Johnson (1932)
Directed by Ray Enright. Cast: Joan Blondell, Chester Morris, Allen Jenkins, Earle Foxe, Claire Dodd, Mae Busch, Joe Cawthorne, Olin Howland, Sterling Holloway, Toshia Mori, Arthur Vinton, Donald Kirke, In this profeminist crime melodrama a Depression-downtrodden waif rises from tyro con artist to crime boss. 67 min. DVD X6038
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Call Her Savage (1932)
Directed by James Francis Dillon. Cast: Clara Bow, Gilbert Roland, Thelma Todd, Monroe Owsley, Estelle Taylor. A sexy Texas gal storms her way through life, brawling and boozing until her luck runs out, forcing her to learn the errors of her ways. Includes a scene in a a gay bar in Greenwich Village--a Hollywood first. 82 min. DVD X2183
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Hot Saturday (1932)
Directed by William A. Seiter. Cast: Nancy Carroll, Cary Grant, Randolph Scott, Edward Woods, Lilian Bond. Bank employee Ruth Brock has a reputation around town for being fast-and-easy. Yet none of the panting suitors has made her yet. She disillusions each one, but the last guy is a bad sport and starts a gossip scandal about her and a millionaire playboy. This causes Ruth to lose her job. Figuring that as long as she has the name, she might as well play the game. Based on the novel by Harvey Fergusson. Hot Saturday violated the Production Code's strictures against scenes of seduction, this includes the scenes in which a group of young people drive to a drinking party that leads to worse behavior. 73 min. DVD X1621
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The Purchase Price (1932)
Directed by William A. Wellman. Cast: Barbara Stanwyck, George Brent, Lyle Talbot. Joan Gordon is a singer tiring of her relationship with Eddie. She flees to North Dakota to become a mail-order bride where her happiness is threatened by her stubborn husband, a lecherous neighbor and the appearance of Eddie. Based on Arthur Stringer's novel, which was serialized in The Saturday Evening Post (28 Nov-26 Dec 1931). 68 min. DVD X1427
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Red-headed Woman (1932)
Directed by Jack Conway. Cast: Jean Harlow, Chester Morris, Lewis Stone, Leila Hyams, Una Merkel. Precensorship story of gold-digging secretary Lil who works for the Legendre Company and causes Bill to divorce Irene and marry her. She has an affair with businessman Gaerste and uses him to force society to pay attention to her. She has another affair with the chauffeur Albert. Screen play by Anita Loos; produced by Albert Lewin, Irving Thalberg; additional writing by F. Scott Fitzgerald. 79 min DVD 6674
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DiBattista, Maria. "Blonde Bombshells: Jean Harlow, Carole Lombard, and Ginger Rogers." In: Fast-talking dames / Maria DiBattista. New Haven : Yale University Press, c2001. (Full text available online (UCB users only); Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.W6 D53 2001)
Tremper, Ellen. "Double-peroxide, moving parts, and mobile mouths: movies of the 1930s." I'm no angel : the blonde in fiction and film / Ellen Tremper. Charlottesville : University of Virginia Press, 2006. (Main (Gardner) Stacks; PFA PR868.B56 T74 2006)

Shanghai Express (1932)
Directed by Josef von Sternberg. Cast: Marlene Dietrich, Clive Brook, Anna May Wong, Warner Oland, Eugene Pallette. After being jilted by Clive Brook, Marlene Dietrich becomes known as Shanghai Lily, a notorious adventuress. During the Chinese civil war, the couple meet on a train which is attacked by Chinese rebels. Dietrich becomes involved with a rebel leader in order to save the man she still loves. "It took more than one man to change my name to Shanghai Lily.' Aboard the title train, befeathered Marlene Dietrich meets mysterious Anna May Wong and stoic ex-amour Clive Brook, but Chinese rebel leader Warner Oland demands an unscheduled stop, barking, 'The white woman stays with me!" 82 min. DVD X7272; DVD X2068; vhs 999:932
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The Greeks Had a Word for Them (aka. Three Broadway Girls) (1932)
Directed by Lowell Sherman. Cast: Madge Evans, Joan Blondell, Ina Claire, David Manners, Lowell Sherman, Phillips Smalley, Sidney Bracy. In this comedy a trio of money hungry women all have sugar daddies who keep them in the lap of luxury, even as they drive the men crazy. Set in the jazz age of the roaring twenties, each woman represents a different personality type, from sensitive, to kind-hearted, to difficult and untrustworthy. Re-filmed in 1953 as How to marry a millionaire. 80 min. DVD X6066
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Under 18 (1932)
Directed by Archie Mayo. Cast: Marian Marsh, Anita Page, Regis Toomey, Warren William, Norman Foster, Joyce Compton, J. Farrell MacDonald, Claire Dodd, Paul Porcasi, Maude Eburne, Murray Kinnell, Dorothy Appleby, Judith Vosselli, Mary Doran, Walter McGrail, Emma Dunn. An 18-year-old girl who works as a seamstress in a dress shop toys with the idea of letting a wealthy playboy seduce her in order to raise herself out of poverty. Based on the short story Sky life by Frank Dazey and Agnes Christine Johnston, first published in Everybody's Magazine, October, 1929. 80 min. DVD 6674
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Baby Face (1933)
Directed by Alfred E. Green. Cast: Barbara Stanwyck, George Brent, Donald Cook, Alphonse Ethier, Henry Kolker, Theresa Harris, Margaret Lindsay, Arthur Hohl, John Wayne. It's the age-old story of the girl so mistreated by men that she's determined to get revenge. Lilly (Baby Face) sleeps her way from basement speakeasy bartender, literally floor by floor, to the top floor of a New York office building. Bank submanager Jimmy McCoy finds her a job in the bank only to be cast aside as she hooks up with the bank's president. "The Hays office recommended that the picture be pulled from the theaters for its violations of the production code. ...There was extensive correspondence between officials of the AMPP and Warner Bros. executives Darryl Zanuck and Jack L. Warner regarding various changes which were intended to make the film more acceptable to censor boards across the country. The main thrust of the changes was to attach an ending which showed Lily losing everything she had gained and returning to her hometown in order that viewers would not be tempted to believe that vice was rewarded. Originally the character of the cobbler professed a Nietzchian philosophy which was unacceptable under the production code. The character was changed to become instead the moral voice of the film, and was used to indicate that the character of Lily had been wrong to advance in the by using her body. Also cut were the most blantant references to the fact that Lily was being kept by men." [AFI Catalog] 72 min. DVD 6674; vhs 999:3684
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Maltby, Richard. "Baby Face or How Joe Breen Made Barbara Stanwyck Atone for Causing the Wall Street Crash." Screen 27; 2, March-April 1986, pp. 22-45 UC users only

Design for Living (1933)
Directed by Ernst Lubitsch. Cast: Gary Cooper, Fredric March, Miriam Hopkins, Edward Everett Horton, Franklin Pangborn. Two Americans sharing a flat in Paris, playwright Tom Chambers and painter George Curtis, fall for free-spirited Gilda Farrell. She can't make up her mind which one she prefers, and proposes a "gentleman's agreement": She will move in with them but they will never have sex. But Tom goes to London to work on his play, leaving Gilda alone with George. Based on the play by Noel Coward. For a discussion of the censorship problems encountered by this film, see the American Film Institute Catalog [UCB users only] 91 min. DVD 4754
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Female (1933)
Directed by Michael Curtiz. Cast: Ruth Chatterton, George Brent, Lois Wilson, Johnny Mack Brown, Ruth Donnelly. In director Michael Curtiz's romantic comedy Female, Ruth Chatterton plays Alison Drake, the iron-fisted president of a motorcar company. Alison oversees the daily operations of her male employees with a predatory gaze and frequently exercises her right to engage with them in any way she deems fit. She meets her match in an equally strong-minded new employee, Jim Thorne (George Brent), and the two engage in a smoldering, contentious, sexually charged duel. The action of the film--one of the first to depict a female character turning a man's world to her advantage--feeds on the novelty of presenting a woman as a corporate shark and bedroom hound. Though it's obvious the filmmakers thought they were creating a scenario that would never actually happen, Alison's world-smashing exploits make the bulk of the film (before she begins to question her nontraditional lifestyle) a protofeminist romp. Brent and Chatterton were married at the time they made the film, and the natural chemistry between them is abundantly evident. Curtiz packs the screen with extravagant set design and period detail. 60 min. DVD 9397
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I'm No Angel (1933)
Directed by Wesley Ruggles. Cast: Mae West, Cary Grant, Edward Arnold, Gregory Ratoff. The bold Tira works as a dancing beauty and lion tamer at a fair. Out of an urgent need of money, she agrees to a risky new number: she'll put her head into the lion's mouth! With this attraction the circus makes it to New York and Tira can persue her dearest occupation: flirting with rich men. Among the guys she searches for the love of her life, from whom she only knows from a fortune-teller that he'll be rich and have black hair. When she finally meets him, she becomes a victim of intrigue. "West, more imposing than coquettish as Tira the Lion Tamer, wields physical presence like a boxer and sexuality like a gunslinger throughout the film. From her opening scene, where she's introduced to a carnival crowd as "the girl who discovered you don't need feet to be a dancer," until the end, when she gets her man (Cary Grant, 29 years old and looking about 14, as upstanding society fellow Jack Clayton), Tira owns the screen. It's not hard to imagine either why I'm No Angel, often considered the last film of pre-code Hollywood, was the breaking straw for the Hays Office, or why Depression-era audiences loved it so much. Tira violates conventions of race, class, and (of course) sex, and she goes entirely unpunished by the plot of the film. Instead, West, who took sole credit for the story, screenplay and dialogue, is careful to give herself the last laugh--the real currency of a film like this one--in every scene. In the climactic trial, she cross-examines much of her romantic history to prove, to a judge and jury with whom she flirts hilariously, that she's "no angel" but that she is, indisputably, a heroine. Here at SFist, we are hard pressed to think of a recent studio film in which a hypersexual female lead gets away with so much." [SFist site] 88 min. DVD 9686
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Tremper, Ellen. "Double-peroxide, moving parts, and mobile mouths : movies of the 1930s." In: I'm no angel : the blonde in fiction and film / Ellen Tremper. Charlottesville : University of Virginia Press, 2006. (Main (Gardner) Stacks; PFA PR868.B56 T74 2006)

She Done Him Wrong (1933)
Directed by Lowell Sherman. Cast: Mae West, Cary Grant, Owen Moore, Noah Beery, Gilbert Roland. Mae West as Lady Lou, a toughlady with a heart of gold, who dallys with assorted beaus, becomes entangled in murder, saves a Bowery mission and still has enough energy left to belt out a tune or two! "Is that a gun in your pocket or are you just glad to see me?" One of the lines that got Mae West in hot water and a Depression-stricken Paramount into the black, in Mae's blockbuster adaptation of her stage hit "Diamond Lil," with Salvation Army captain Cary Grant as the hunk she asks to "come up and see me sometime."

"Mae West spent her career on the stage and screen skirting and sometimes transgressing the boundaries of sexual and moral propriety. In 1926 and 1927, she outraged some critics (and landed herself in jail) with two sensational Broadway productions, Sex (a play she wrote about a Montreal prostitute, in which she also starred) and The Drag (a 'homosexual comedy-drama' that she wrote and staged). In 1928, New York police arrested her again, this time for her play about a troupe of female impersonators, Pleasure Man. In 1932, she brought her brand of ribald humor to the movies. West's move from Broadway to Hollywood was surprising, given the substantially tighter moral scrutiny under which the film industry operated." [quoted from History Matters web site] 65 min. DVD 9581; vhs 999:623

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Sin of Nora Moran (1933)
Directed by Phil Goldstone. Cast: Cora Sue Collins, Zita Johann, Alan Dinehart, Paul Cavanagh, Claire DuBrey, John Miljan, Henry B. Walthall. Awaiting her execution, Nora Moran finds herself visiting her past. Arrayed in a series of flashbacks, Miss Moran recalls her rape, and the murder for which she has taken the fall. 65 min. DVD X6182
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Viktor und Viktoria (Germany, 1933)
Directed by Reinhold Schünzel. Cast: Renate Muller, Hermann Thimig, Adolf Wohlbruck, Hilde Hildebrand, Fritz Odemar, Friedel Pisetta, Aribert Wascher. A poverty-stricken singer in Depression-era Paris becomes convinced that the only way she can earn a living on the nightclub circuit is to masquerade as a man who impersonates women. The film provides a glimpse into the world of theatres, stages and variety clubs, up front and backstage. In German with some English dialogue and songs in English. 94 min. DVD 7149
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Thompson, Rick. "He and She: Weimar Screwballwerk." Senses of Cinema: An Online Film Journal Devoted to the Serious and Eclectic Discussion of Cinema, vol. 22, 2002 Sept-Oct UC users only

The Age of Innocence (1934)
Directed by Philip Moeller. Cast: Irene Dunne, John Boles, Lionel Atwill, Helen Westley, Laura Hope Crews, Julie Haydon, Herbert Yost, Theresa Maxwell Conover, Edith Van Cleve, Leonard Carey. Set in 1870s Manhattan, the film follows a conventionally bred attorney who, although engaged, falls in love with a woman who shocks the upper crust by daring to escape a wretched marriage. Based on the novel by Edith Wharton and the play by Margaret Ayer Barnes. 81 min. DVD X6041
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Born to Be Bad(1934)
Directed by Lowell Sherman. Cast: Cary Grant, Loretta Young, Marion Burns, Henry Travers. "Letty, a young woman who ended up pregnant, unmarried and on the streets at fifteen is bitter and determined that her child will not grow up to be taken advantage of. Letty teaches her child to lie, steal, cheat and anything else he'll need to be street smart. We meet Letty when Mickey is 7-1/2. Mal enters the picture when his truck and Mickey, who is hanging on to the back of a delivery truck and being pulled along the streets on his roller skates, collide. Mickey is not injured badly, but when Letty discovers that Mal is rich, she concocts a scheme to take Mal to the cleaners. When her plot is uncovered, Letty is also discovered for the unfit parent that she is, and Mickey is taken away from her. Mal and his wife Alice, unable to have children of their own, take Mickey in and give him a father's love, a true mother's love, and a home he can call his own. Letty is jealous of Mickey's growing attachment to these two good people and she still sees Mal as a ticket to riches. Letty seduces Mal, records the seduction and then plans to blackmail Mal. Her plans are upset when Mal immediately tells his wife, and Alice accepts the relationship. Letty learns a painful lesson in selfless love and finally sees that what is best for Mickey is more important than her own plans." [IMBD] For a discussion of the censorship problems encountered by this film, see the American Film Institute Catalog [UCB users only] 61 min. DVD 7621
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Fog Over Frisco(1934)
Directed by William Dieterle. Cast: Bette Davis, Donald Woods, Margaret Lindsay, Lyle Talbot, Hugh Herbert. A party girl is involved with underworld types. Her society girl sister believes it is only innocent thrill seeking; her stepfather fears it may be more criminal than that. Kidnap and murder plots ensue. Based on the novel: The five fragments / George Dyer. 68 min. DVD X4678
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Queen Christina (1934)
Directed by Rouben Mamoulian. Cast: Greta Garbo, John Gilbert, Ian Keith, Lewis Stone, Elizabeth Young, C. Aubrey Smith, Reginald Owen. Garbo as the17th century Queen of Sweden, who relinquishes her throne for her lover, the ambassador from Spain. Features Garbo in male drag and interesting hints of ambisexuality. Christina's "melancholy longings to escape her destiny (marriage) and her deft rejections of a series of male suitors are interrupted in the first half of the film by her encounter with the Countess Ebba Sparre. Their brief scene together is charged with sexuality and real affection, the only such display in the film between Garbo and another woman." (Russo, The Celluloid Closet, p. 64) DVD 4285; vhs 999:2990;
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The Scarlet Empress (1934)
Directed by Josef von Sternberg. Cast: Marlene Dietrich, John Lodge, Sam Jaffe, Louise Dresser. A historical drama about a German princess, Catherine, who married the Grand Duke Peter, the heir to the Russian throne. Because of his madness, she was able to seize the throne and became renowned as Catherine the Great. 104 min. DVD 694
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Sensation Hunters (1934)
Directed by Charles Vidor. Cast: Arline Judge, Preston Foster, Marion Burns, Kenneth MacKenna, Walter Brennan. Sexy society girl Dale Jordon leaves her upstanding boyfriend to work in Panama City as a showgirl. After getting fired, she and her girlfriend Jerry find themselves desperate to escape Panama City. In order to raise enough money for them to leave, Dale becomes a prostitute. 65 min. DVD X4709
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First a Girl (UK, 1935)
Directed by Victor Saville. Cast: Jessie Matthews, Sonnie Hale, Griffith Jones, Anna Lee, Alfred Drayton. A racy musical starring English songbird Jessie Matthews as a girl who leads a double life, pretending to be a boy who is a female impersonator at a famed Paris cabaret. She becomes an overnight sensation, but it also complicates her love life greatly. 93 min. 999:3144
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Sylvia Scarlett (1935)
Director, George Cukor. Cast: Katherine Hepburn, Cary Grant, Edmund Gwenn, Brian Aherne, Natalie Paley, Dennie Moore. When her father runs afoul of the law in pre-War Paris, Sylvia disguises herself as a boy to aid in their escape. Afterwards they hook up with a fellow con-artist, and together become partners in crime but when Sylvia falls in love with a touring actor, the fact that she looks like a boy creates complications. 94 min. DVD 7602; vhs 999:3404
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Dhommée, Isabelle. "Dietrich, Garbo et Hepburn: Trois stars travesties dans l'Amérique de la Dépression." CLIO: Histoire, Femmes et Sociétés, vol. 10, pp. 169-74, 1999
Kemp, Peter. "Bi-Polar Gender-Blender: Sylvia Scarlett." Senses of Cinema: an Online Film Journal Devoted to the Serious & Eclectic Discussion of Cinema. 22:(no pagination). 2002 Sept-Oct

Libeled Lady (1936)
Directed by Jack Conway. Cast: Jean Harlow, William Powell, Myrna Loy, Spencer Tracy, Walter Connolly. It all starts when society diva Loy slaps newsman Tracy with a libel suit. Tracy enlists fiancée Harlow and down-on-his luck Powell in a counter maneuver involving a rigged marriage, a phony seduction, a fabulously funny fishing scene, fisticuffs, broken promises and hearts and eventually, true love for all. 98 min. DVD 3638
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DiBattista, Maria. "Blonde Bombshells: Jean Harlow, Carole Lombard, and Ginger Rogers." In: Fast-talking dames / Maria DiBattista. New Haven : Yale University Press, c2001. (Full text available online (UCB users only); Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.W6 D53 2001)
DiBattista, Maria. "My Favorite Brunettes: Myrna Loy, Jean Arthur, and Claudette Colbert." In: Fast-talking dames / Maria DiBattista. New Haven : Yale University Press, c2001. (Full text available online (UCB users only); Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.W6 D53 2001)
Tremper, Ellen. "Double-peroxide, moving parts, and mobile mouths: movies of the 1930s." I'm no angel : the blonde in fiction and film / Ellen Tremper. Charlottesville : University of Virginia Press, 2006. (Main (Gardner) Stacks; PFA PR868.B56 T74 2006)

Theodora Goes Wild (1936)
Directed by Richard Boleslawski. Cast: Irene Dunne, Melvyn Douglas, Thomas Mitchell, Thurston Hall, Elisabeth Risdon, Margaret McWade, Spring Byington, Nana Bryant, Henry Kolker, Leona Maricle, Robert Greig, Frederick Burton. A staid Connecticut town is scandalized when it discovers that the author of a sexually-explicit bestselling novel is actually a local girl. Based on an original story by Mary McCarthy. "Information in the MPAA/PCA Collection at the AMPAS Library reveals that Columbia first submitted the script to the PCA in Mar 1936. However, the PCA rejected the script because it violated several tenets of the Code. In a letter to Harry Cohn, PCA president Joseph I. Breen details the various elements in violation of the Code: The heroine, Theodora, exemplifies "evil made to appear attractive" after she breaks up two marriages; all the "decent" and "church-going" characters are "made to appear ridiculous, stupid and silly" when compared with their city counterparts, who "indulg[e] in extra-marital activities, drunkenness and debauchery, [and] are made to appear attractive." A second revised script was submitted to the PCA in Apr 1936 and was met with approval." [AFI Catalog] 94 min. DVD X1853
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A Woman Rebels (1936)
Directed by Mark Sandrich. Cast: Katharine Hepburn, Herbert Marshall, Elizabeth Allan, Donald Crisp. "The story revolves around Pamela, as a woman in late-1800's England who has no intention of marriage and wishes to be her own person. After a great deal of difficulty in finding a job, she finally lands a position at a "woman's" magazine, which covered topics such as sewing and cooking. After the editor takes sick, she moves the magazine into discussing issues of gender equality, child labor, medical care, and finding a job. She then finds herself as the unexpected leader of a movement. After an unexpected event, she is also faced with raising a child without a father, which people at that time thought was scandalous." [IMDB] Based on the novel Portrait of a rebel by Netta Syrett. 88 min. DVD X2177
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Slaves in Bondage(1937)
Director, Elmer Clifton. Cast: Lona Andre, Donald Wood, Wheeler Oakman, Florence Dudley. A crooked businessman and his female partner use her beauty salon as a recruitment center for girls to work as prostitutes at his roadhouse. The younger sister of one of the beauticians falls under the unwanted gaze of the lecherous businessman. Meanwhile, the girl's newspaper reporter boyfriend investigating the prostitution ring is set up for a fall with the police, by the crooked businessman who hopes to make the girl his own. 70 min. DVD X531; DVD X971
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Calamity Jane (1938)
Directed by David Butler. Cast: Doris Day, Howard Keel, Allyn McLerie, Philip Carey, Dick Wesson. In this musical-comedy set in Deadwood, Dakota Territory, Calamity Jane is a calamity at love --she's too busy cracking a bullwhip to pay much mind to dresses and perfume. But then one of her boasts requires that she go to Chicago to recruit an actress for the Golden Garter stage. When the actress arrives, the lady in question appears to be a more feminine rival for the favors of Jane's male friends...including her friendly enemy Wild Bill Hickok. 101 min. DVD 8882
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Jezebel (1938)
Directed by William Wyler. Cast: Bette Davis, Henry Fonda, George Brent. Julie Marsden is a Southern belle with a knack for manipulating the men in her life. Although she is to be wed to Preston, the engagement is called off due to her insensitivity and unusual behavior. When Preston returns from the North married, Julie's pride and selfish nature resurfaces and she provokes a duel between Buck (Julie's ardent admirer) and Ted (Preston's brother) to the death. Later when a yellow fever epidemic strikes Preston, Julie goes to his side. 105 min. DVD 1468; vhs 999:46
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Sex Madness(1938)
Director, Dwain Esper. Cast: Vivian McGill, Rose Tapley, Al Rigali, Mark Daniels, Linda Lee Hill. The evils of loose living and "unbridled lust" in promoting syphilis are detailed in this campy, overacted story of a small-town beauty queen with hopes of making it big in the city who contracts a venereal disease. The danger of consulting quacks for quick cures and the importance of getting competent medical help are melodramatically underscored. 62 min. DVD X531; also DVD X971
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Feaster, Felicia. "The Woman on the Table: Moral and Medical Discourse in the Exploitation Cinema." Film History, Vol. 6, No. 3, Exploitation Film (Autumn, 1994), pp. 340-354 UC users only
Schaefer, Eric. "Resisting Refinement: The Exploitation Film and Self-Censorship." Film History, Vol. 6, No. 3, Exploitation Film (Autumn, 1994), pp. 293-313 UC users only
Sconce, Jeffrey. "Esper, the Renunciator: Teaching 'Bad' Movies to Good Students." In: Defining cult movies : the cultural politics of oppositional taste / edited by Mark Jancovich ... [et al.]. Manchester, UK ; New York : Manchester University Press : Distributed exclusively in the USA by Palgrave, 2003. (Main Stack PN1995.9.S284.D44 2003)
Quarles, Mike. "Dwain Esper: Exposing a Nation's Shame and Getting Away With It." In: Down and dirty : Hollywood's exploitation filmmakers and their movies Jefferson, NC : McFarland, c1993. (Main Stack PN1998.2.Q37 1993)

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The Letter (1940)
Directed by William Wyler. Cast: Bette Davis, Herbert Marshall, James Stephenson, Frieda Inescort, Gale Songergaard. A rubber plantation owner's wife kills a man in what seems to have been self-defense but a letter from her which proves it to have been a crime of passion, becomes an instrument of blackmail. 95 min.DVD 3431; vhs 999:2356
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Heil, Douglas. "The Construction of Racism through Narrative and Cinematography in The Letter." Literature-Film Quarterly. 24(1):17-25. 1996

Mad Youth(1940)
Director, Melville Shyer. Cast: Mary Ainslee, Betty Compson, Willy Castello, Betty Atkinson, Tommy Wonder. A divorced mother and her teenaged daughter lead equally wild lifestyles. The mother hires gigolos to escort her around town and the daughter hosts drinking and stripping parties while mother is away. Complications come up for mother and daughter when they both find themselves seeing the same man and the daughter ends up falling into a prostitution ring while trying to visit her friend. 76 min. DVD X531; also DVD X971
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Seven Sinners(1940)
Director, Tay Garnett. Cast: Marlene Dietrich, John Wayne, Albert Dekker, Broderick Crawford, Anna Lee, Mischa Auer, Billy Gilbert, Richard Carle, Oscar Homolka, Samuel S. Hinds, Reginald Denny. Cabaret singer Bijou, ejected from several Indian Ocean islands for inciting riots, lands on Boni Komba at the Seven Sinners Cafe. She's a big hit with the U.S. Navy, especially Lt. Dan Brent; but sinister Antro considers her his property. When Dan wants to marry her, both his career and his life may be in danger. All the villains wear white suits. 87 min. DVD X6070
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Escort Girl(1941)
Director, Eddie Kaye. Cast: Betty Compson, Margaret Marquis, Bob Kellard, Wheeler Oakman, Guy Kingsford, Isabel Lamal, Arthur Houseman. Betty Compson and Wheeler Oakman run an escort bureau. Betty's daughter has been educated elsewhere and does not know about her mother's business. She is about to marry a socialite, Bob Kellard, who is investigating the escort bureau racket. 62 min. DVD X531
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Little Foxes (1941)
Directed by William Wyler. Cast: Bette Davis, Herbert Marshall, Teresa Wright, Richard Carlson, Dan Duryea. Regina Giddens is a woman who will stop at nothing to outwit her brothers in running the family business, even if it means sacrificing the health of her husband or the love of her young daughter. Based on the play by Lillian Hellman. 116 min. DVD X2048
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That Hamilton Woman (UK, 1941)
Directed by Alexander Korda. Cast: Vivien Leigh, Laurence Olivier, Alan Mowbray, Sara Allgood, Gladys Cooper, Henry Wilcoxon, Heather Angel, Halliwell Hobbes, Gilbert Emery, Miles Mander, Ronald Sinclair, Luis Alberni, Norma Drury, Olaf Hytten, Juliette Compton, Guy Kingsford. Set against the backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars of the late eighteenth century. Emma Hart is a beautiful dance hall girl who is sent by her latest lover to stay with his uncle Sir William Hamilton, the British ambassador to Naples. Sir William, considering Emma a rare piece of art he must possess, introduces her to Naples' elite society and she soon marries him. Later, Horatio Nelson, a famous English Naval office arrives. Soon, a scandalous, adulterous affair between the British Royal Navy officer and the renowned beauty begins. Special features: Audio commentary featuring noted film historian Ian Christie; "Alexander Korda presents" a 1941 promotional radio piece for the film; "Michael Korda" new video interview with author and editor, Michael Korda, Alexander's nephew, who discusses growing up in the Korda family and the making of That Hamilton woman; Theatrical trailer. 125 min. DVD X2324
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In This Our Life (1942)
Directed by John Huston. Cast: Bette Davis, Olivia de Havilland, George Brent, Dennis Morgan, Charles Coburn, Frank Craven, Billie Burke, Hattie McDaniel, Lee Patrick. Stanley Timberlake is a young woman who decides to dump her fiance and runs off with her sister Roy's husband. They marry, settle in Baltimore, and Stanley ultimately drives Peter to drink and suicide. Stanley returns home to Richmond only to learn that her sister Roy and old flame Craig have fallen in love and plan to marry. The jealous and selfish Stanley attempts to win back Craig's affections, but her true character is revealed when, rather than take the rap herself, she attempts to pin a hit and run accident on a young black clerk who works in Craig's law office. Special features: Commentary by film historian Jeanine Basinger; "Warner night at the movies 1942" short subjects gallery; vintage newsreel; "March on, America!" patriotic short; "Spanish fiests" musical short; "Who's who in the zoo" classic cartoon; trailers. 97 min. DVD X345
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The Lady Is Willing (1942)
Directed by Mitchell Leisen. Cast: Marlene Dietrich, Fred MacMurray, Aline MacMahon, Stanley Ridges. Comedy about a glamorous Broadway star who wants to be able to adopt a child, so she arranges a marriage of convenience with a pediatrician. 91 min. DVD X2068
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Adair, Gilbert. "Magic mountain: the cinema of Mitchell Leisen." Sight & Sound; Summer 1980, Vol. 49 Issue 3, p182-185, 4p UC users only
Chierichetti, David. Mitchell Leisen, Hollywood director / David Chierichetti. Los Angeles, CA : Photoventures Press, c1995. (Main (Gardner) Stacks; PFA PN1998.3.L45 C47 1995)
Drabelle, Dennis. "Swing high, swing low: Mitchell Leisen in perspective." Film Comment, September/October 1994, Vol. 30, p8 UC users only
Shadoian, Jack. "Exacting standards." Film Comment, Sep/Oct98, Vol. 34 Issue 5, p40, 9p UC users only

Roxie Hart(1942)
Director, William A. Wellman. Cast: Ginger Rogers, Adolphe Menjou, George Montgomery, Lynne Overman, Nigel Bruce, Phil Silvers, Sara Allgood, William Frawley, Spring Byington. Roxie Hart, an ambitious 1920s showgirl, confesses to a murder just for the publicity. After her husband shoots a burglar in their apartment, Roxie is talked into pretending she did it by a newsman and a theatrical agent who promise to sign her for a vaudeville tour. Realizing she'll become a household name overnight, Roxie agrees and becomes the center of an outrageous trial. Based on a true story. Based on the play "Chicago" by Maurine Dallas Watkins. 75 min. DVD X2175
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Delinquent Daughters(1944)
Director, Albert Herman. Cast: June Carlson, Fifi D'Orsay, Teala Loring, Mary Bovard, Margia Dean, Johnny Duncan, Joe Devlin, Jimmy Zahner, Jon Dawson, Frank McGlynn, Sr. Gangs of rebellious teenagers have been using Nick Gordon's Merry-Go-Round Cafe as a staging ground for late night mischief. In the wake of a suicide, an armed robbery and a hit-and-run accident, the crooked restaurant owner decides that it's the perfect time to pull a payroll heist using one of the kids as a gunman. 72 min. DVD X531; DVD X971
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Shary, Timothy. "Angry Young Women: The Emergence of the "Tough Girl" Image in American Teen Films." Post Script - Essays in Film and the Humanities 19:2 (Winter 1999-Spring 2000) p. 49-61 UC users only

Leave Her to Heaven (1945)
Directed by John M. Stahl. Cast: Gene Tierney, Cornel Wilde, Jeanne Crain, Vincent Price. Melodrama with Tierney as a psychopathic young wife whose jealous, obsessive love for her husband leads to murder, treachery, and suicide. Includes rare Movietone news footage. 111 min. DVD 3807; vhs 999:1763
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Deutelbaum, Marshall. "Costuming and the Color System of Leave Her to Heaven." Film Criticism. 11(3):11-20. 1987 Spring

Scarlet Street (1945)
Directed by Fritz Lang. Cast: Edward G. Robinson, Joan Bennett, Dan Duryea, Margaret Lindsay. The story of a middle-aged bookkeeper who gets involved with a femme fatale, her boy friend and murder. DVD 4911, DVD 2746
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Detour (1946)
Directed by Edgar G. Ulmer. Cast: Tom Neal, Ann Savage, Claudia Drake, Edmund MacDonald, Tim Ryan, Esther Howard, Pat Gleason. After his girlfriend Sue has left for the West Coast, Al Roberts decides to join her and starts a journey hitchhiking westwards. When he finds a driver who'd given him a lift dead, he decides to get rid of the body and take the man's identity, fearing he'd be accused of murder if he would go to the police. However, Vera, a hitchhiking girl Al picks up, sees through him and starts blackmailing him into going along with her schemes which get him deeper and deeper into trouble. [From the Internet Movie Database] DVD 391; DVD 2746; VHS 999:723
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Gilda (1946)
Directed by Charles Vidor. Cast: Rita Hayworth, Glenn Ford, George MacReady, Joseph Calleia. A South American casino owner hires a young American to be his right hand man. The owner's bride was at one time the American's lover. DVD 392; VHS 999:59
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Night Editor (1946)
Directed by Henry Levin. Cast: William Gargan, Janis Carter, Jeff Donnell. Jill Merrill may just be the coldest gal in town. Her extramarital affair with a cop forces him to forsake his duty when they witness a murder. Even when an innocent man's life may be at stake, Jill's biggest concerns are no different than any other ice-blooded society gal in Noirdom. Based on the radio program by Hal Burdick ; and the story "Inside story" by Scott Littleton. 68 min. DVD X2721
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No Regrets for My Youth (Waga seishun ni kuinashi)(Japan, 1946)
Directed by Akira Kurosawa. Cast: Hara Setsuko, Fujita Susumu, Okochi Denjiro, Sugimura Haruko. A story of feminist self-discovery set in pre-war Japan. A woman breaks with cultural conventions by striking out on her own and being self-sufficient. 110 min. DVD 9123
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The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)
Directed by Tay Garnett. Cast: Lana Turner, John Garfield, Cecil Kellaway, Hume Cronyn, Leon Ames, Audrey Totter, Alan Reed. Steamy tale of a drifter offered a job at a roadside diner by the owner, an easy-going older man. When the drifter and the owner's voluptuous wife fall in love, they plot to kill her husband and run away together. DVD 2232; vhs 999:902
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Out of the Past (1947)
Directed by Jacques Tourneur. Cast: Robert Mitchum, Kirk Douglas, Jane Greer, Rhonda Fleming. Jeff (Robert Mitchum), a former private detective, is hired by a gangster (Kirk Douglas) to find his former girlfriend (Jane Greer) whom he still loves, who took 10,000 from him and disappeared. Jeff not only finds the girl, but falls in love with her as well, thus, making the gangster very jealous. During the investigation and the unexpected love affair several murders occur which ultimately lead to further tragedies. DVD 2720; vhs 999:657
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Possessed (1947)
Directed by Curtis Bernhardt. Cast: Joan Crawford, Van Heflin, Raymond Massey, Geraldine Brooks, Stanley Ridges, John Ridgely, Moroni Olsen, Gerald Perreau. Gerald Perreau. A solitary, emotionally unstable private nurse obsessively attempts to regain the love of a callous bachelor, which ultimately drives her into madness--and murder. 108 min. DVD 4047; vhs 999:1085
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Blonde Ice(1948)
Directed by Jack Bernhard. Cast: Leslie Brooks, Robert Paige, Michael Whalen, Walter Sande, John Holland, James Griffith, David Leonard. The bizarre tale of a beautiful society columnist whose desire for money and position turn her into a serial killer...a story most Hollywood studios of the 1940's wouldn't touch. From the novel Once too often by Whitman Chambers. 74 min. DVD X971
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Joan of Arc (1948)
Directed by Victor Fleming. For various film versions of the life of Joan of Arc, SEE Biopics

Lady From Shanghai(1948)
Directed by Orson Welles. Cast: Welles, Rita Hayworth, Everett Sloane, Glenn Anders, Ted de Corsia. Baffling murders, fascinating plot twists and remarkable camera work all contribute to this spellbinding film noir in which a seaman becomes involved in the murderous intrigue of a crippled lawyer and his homicidal frustrated wife. The film culminates in a shoot-up in a hall of mirrors. 87 min. DVD 332; VHS 999:63
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Beyond the Forest (1949)
Directed by King Vidor. Cast: Bette Davis, Joseph Cotten, David Brian, Ruth Roman. Rosa Moline finds marriage to a gentle country doctor in a small town a bore--she wants life in the big city with millionaire Neil Latimer with whom she's having an affair. Entirely devoid of scruples, Rosa will go to any lengths, even murder, to satisfy her desires. 95 min. vhs 999:3433
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Flamingo Road(1949)
Directed by Michael Curtiz. Cast: Joan Crawford, Zachary Scott, Sydney Greenstreet, David Brian. Sideshow kootch-dancer Lane Bellamy (Crawford), stranded in a backwater town, gets a job as a waitress where she begins falling in love with Fielding Carlisle, the political protégé of the town's big-daddy sheriff Titus Semple. Semple regards Lane as a gold-digging troublemaker, and does his best to break up the romance, framing her on a trumped-up morals charges and having her shipped off to prison. Once out of the "joint," Lane returns to town, seeking revenge against both Semple and Carlisle. Based on a play by Robert and Sally Wilder. Special features: Crawford at Warners; classic cartoon, "Curtain Razor"; audio only bonus, radio adaptation with the film's stars; theatrical trailer. 94 min. DVD X1006
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Heiress (1949)
Directed by William Wyler. Cast: Olivia de Haviland, Montgomery Clift, Ralph Richardson, Miriam Hopkins, Mona Freeman, Vanessa Brown, Selena Royle, Ray Collins. Catherine is the only heir to her stern father's vast estate. When a dashing fortune hunter named Morris Townsend wants her to elope, she is threatened with disinheritance. On the eve of their marriage he deserts her. Seven years later Morris returns, and a wiser Catherine plots her revenge. 115 min. DVD 7561; vhs 999:1187
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La Negra Angustias (Mexico, 1949)
Directed by Matilde S. Landeta. Cast: María Elena Marqués, Agustín Isunza, Eduardo Arozamena, Gilberto González, Enriqueta Reza, Fanny Schiller. Based on the award-winning work by Francisco Rojas Gonzalez (Main Stack PQ7297.R74.N4 1948), depicts the racial problems encountered by a black woman who becomes a revolutionary leader of the Mexican campesinos struggling against rich landowners during the Mexican Revolution. vhs 999:1863
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She Shoulda Said "No!"(1949)
Director, Sherman Scott. Cast: Alan Baxter, Lyle Talbot, Lila Leeds, Doug Blackley. Narrator: Knox Manning. A "good" girl works day and night as a dancer in Los Angeles to finance her brother's college education. Then a dope peddler enters the picture and casts a cloud of smoke and money around her. When her brother comes home from college and finds out what his sister has been up to to finance his education, he commits suicide. Beset by guilt, she slips farther down into the pit of marijuana addiction and despair. 70 min. DVD X531
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1950s

MRC Film Noir videography
The Greatest Film Noir Femmes Fatales
Caged Heat: Women in Prison Films

Gun Crazy (aka Deadly Is the Female) (1950)
Directed by Joseph Lewis. Cast: Peggy Cummins, John Dall. Although Bart is not a violent man at heart, he allows the no-good Laurie to lure him into a life of crime. DVD 2716; vhs 999:517
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Awards & Honors
National Film Registry Selection

Johnson, Gary. "Gun Crazy" (10 Shades of Noir) Images, issue 2.
Ruhmann, Lony. "Gun Crazy, 'The Accomplishment of Many, Many Minds': An Interview with Joseph H. Lewis." The Velvet Light Trap, vol. 20. 1983 Summer. pp: 16-21 UC users only

Chained for Life(1951)
Director, Harry L. Fraser. Cast: The Hilton Sisters, Mario Laval, Allen Jenkins, Patricia Wright, Alan Keys, Norvel Mitchtell. Daisy and Violet Hilton, real life siamese twins, star in a vaudeville-singing act. When a gigolo deserts one twin on their wedding night, the other twin kills him. The Hamilton twins go on trial and the judge asks the viewer to hand down the verdict. 81 min. DVD X971
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Susana. (Mexico,1951)
Directed by Luis Buñuel. Cast: Fernando Soler, Rosita Quintana, Victor Manuel Mendoza, Maria Gentil Arcos, Luis Lopez Somoza, Matilde Palou. An incorrigibly delinquent girl escapes from prison and hides out on a plantation, where she becomes a steamy, scheming temptress, running wild with her sexual favors and turning its orderly domestic life into frenzied chaos. Based on the novel by Manuel Reachi. 87 min. DVD 8894; vhs Video/C 999:1064
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Why Men Leave Home (aka Secrets of Beauty) (1951)
Directed by Erle C. Kenton. Writers: Kroger Babb, Mildred Horn, Erna Lazarus. Cast: Richard Denning, Julie Bishop, Virginia Herrick, Ginger Prince, Myrna Dell, Ern Westmore. Housewife Ruth Waldron suspects that her husband, Dr. John Waldron, is having an affair with his attractive nurse. The two argue and their daughter, Ginger, turns to makeup artist Ern Westmore for help in saving her parents' marriage. Westmore transforms plain-Jane housewife Ruth into a bombshell and the couple's relationship is saved. 85 min. DVD X5746
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Don't Bother To Knock (1952)
Directed by Roy Baker. Cast: Richard Widmark, Marilyn Monroe, Anne Bancroft, Jeanne Cagney, Elisha Cook Jr., Jim Backus. Marilyn Monroe stars in her first dramatic performance as a psychotic baby-sitter who begins an affair with one of the guests in the hotel where she works. When the child she is caring for interrupts their lovemaking, Monroe becomes a dangerous madwoman. 76 min. DVD 3177
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This Woman Is Dangerous (1952)
Directed by Felix Feist. Cast: Joan Crawford, Dennis Morgan, David Brian, Richard Webb, Mari Aldon . A melodrama where Crawford plays a hardened mobster who's about to go blind. On top of this she is being watched by the police and is burdened by an overly jealous boyfriend. She goes to Indianapolis to consult an expert eye surgeon to repair her eyes and ends up falling hopelessly in love with him. Will she be able to forget her seedy past and make a fresh start? From a story by Bernard Girard. 97 min. DVD X4502
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Mesa of Lost Women (1953)
Directed by Herbert Tevos and Ron Ormond. Cast: Jackie Coogan, Tandra Quinn, Lyle Talbot, Allan Nixon, Richard Travis, Mary Hill, Robert Knapp. The infamous Dr. Arana is conducting bizarre experiments in the forbidden Mexican desert of Zarpa Mesa. It is rumored that he has created a race of rabid super-women by injecting them with a 'spider venom' derivative so powerful and perveted that it transforms them into deadly sexual predators! 69 min. DVD 5980
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One Girl's Confession (1953)
Directed by Hugo Haas. Cast: Cleo Moore, Hugo Haas, Glenn Langan. People think Mary is a bad girl because she's just too sexy to be good. So she decides to even the score, even if it means jail time. After stealing $10,000 and serving her time, Mary's determined to go straight, but she needs someone to help get the buried cash, and a good investment strategy. 74 min. DVD X2721
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Twilight Women (aka. Women of twilight)(UK, 1953)
Directed by Gordon Parry. Cast: Freda Jackson, René Ray, Lois Maxwell, Laurence Harvey, Vida Hope, Joan Dowling. This hard-hitting tale is set at a boarding house-haven for unmarried mothers, owned by a woman ... whose outward show of upstanding character hides her true personality: a fiend who abuses the women and farms out their babies! Madness, squalor, bedbugs and a dead baby add to the atmosphere of shock. 89 min. DVD X6065
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Fink, Janet; Holden, Katherine. "Pictures from the Margins of Marriage: Representations of Spinsters and Single Mothers in the mid-Victorian Novel, Inter-war Hollywood Melodrama and British Film of the 1950s and 1960s." Gender & History; Jul99, Vol. 11 Issue 2, p233, 23p UC users only
Kidd, Kerry. "Women of Twilight." In: British cinema of the 1950s : a celebration / edited by Ian MacKillop and Neil Sinyard. Manchester ; New York : Manchester University Press ; New York, NY, USA : Distributed exclusively in the USA by Palgrave, 2003. (Full text available online [UCB users only]; print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.G7 M263 2003)

Born to Be Bad(1950)
Directed by Nicholas Ray. Cast: Joan Fontaine, Robert Ryan, Zachary Scott, Joan Leslie, Mel Ferrer. Using her charm and beauty like a scalpel, Christabel Caine skillfully removes whatever she needs from each man she seduces. Her web of deceit threatens to shatter, however, when both men discover her plans. Based on the novel "All kneeling" by Anne Parrish. 90 min. DVD X6528
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Les Diaboliques (1954)
Directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot. Cast: Cast: Simone Signoret, Vera Clouzot, Charles Vanel, Paul Meurisse. Mystery drama about murder in a private school for boys. The wife and the mistress of a tyrannical headmaster dispose of him only to be mystified by the disappearance of his body and ghostly hints of his presence. 109 min. DVD 345; vhs 999:124
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Girl Gang (1954)
Directed by Robert C. Derteno. Cast: Joanne Arnold, Timothy Farrell, Harry Keaton, Lou Monson, Mary Lou O'Connor, Mildred Kalke, Norman Stanley, Thelma Montgomery, Bernard Carroll. When not engaged in marijuana make-out parties, these joypopping Jezebels commit robberies to feed their heroin habit, until a botched holdup leaves rich kid Wanda with a slug in her side. Special features: Theatrical trailers ; "The terrible truth" (10 min., 1951) Synopsis: Communicates the message that marijuana usage ultimately results in heroin addiction. 63 min. DVD 9379; also DVD X971
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Morris, Gary. "Molls with Claws: Three Classic Girl Gang Movies." Bright Lights November 2002 | Issue 38 UC users only
Shary, Timothy. "Angry Young Women: The Emergence of the "Tough Girl" Image in American Teen Films." Post Script - Essays in Film and the Humanities 19:2 (Winter 1999-Spring 2000) p. 49-61 UC users only

Kiss Me Deadly (1955)
Directed by Robert Aldrich. Cast: Ralph Meeker, Paul Stewart, Albert Dekker. A detective gives a ride to a half-naked girl, who is abruptly killed by thugs. Almost killed himself, the detective tries to solve the murder. Along the way, he is told to back off by the Feds, a bomb is placed in his car, a friend is killed, and he himself is beaten, drugged, and held hostage. Special features: Alternate ending, original theatrical trailer. Based on the novel Kiss me deadly, by Mickey Spillane. DVD 1077; vhs 999:146
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Swamp Woman(1955)
Director, Roger Corman. Cast: Marie Windsor, Carole Mathews, Beverly Garland, Touch Connors, Susan Cummings, Lou Place, Jonathan Haze, Edward Nelson, Jil Jarmyn. A plucky police woman infiltrates a group of hardened female criminals who are planning to break jail and retrieve their loot of diamonds from its swampy hiding place. 85 min. DVD X971
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The Solid Gold Cadillac (1956)
Directed by Richard Quine. Cast: Judy Holliday, Paul Douglas, Fred Clark, John Williams, Hiram Sherman, Neva Patterson, Ray Collins, Arthur O'Connell ; George Burns, narrator. Laura Partridge, a small-time stockholder creates havoc at a board meeting, falls in love with the former chief executive officer, and wrests control of the corporation from its selfish, corrupt board of directors. From the play by George S. Kaufman and Howard Teichmann. 100 min. DVD X5045
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The Violent Years(1956)
Director, William M. Morgan. Cast: Jean Moorhead, Barbara Weeks, Arthur Millan, Theresa Hancock, Joanne Cangi, Gloria Farr. Good-girl-gone bad Paula, rebelling against her rich parents, leads three high school hellcats in robbing a gas station, throwing a pajama party with older men, and molesting a couple at lovers lane. But when the gang is hired to wreck a classroom for the Commies, "cop killer" is added to Paula's resume. 57 min. DVD X971
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The Wild and the Wicked (1956)
Director, Merle Connell. Cast: Joy Reynolds, Geri Moffatt, Mariko Perri, Norman Wright, Lisa Rack. A young girl heads to Hollywood to visit her older sister with the hopes she can break into the movies. After her arrival her sister tries to explain the difficulties in making a career in show business, but the younger sister insists on trying. Eventually the young girl becomes involved in a prostitution ring run by mobsters, which is what her older sister has be doing but attempted to keep her sister from finding out. 90 min. DVD X531
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Yield to the Night (aka Blonde Sinner) (UK, 1956)
Directed by J. Lee Thompson. Cast: Diana Dors, Yvonne Mitchell, Michael Craig, Geoffrey Keen, Athene Seyler. A young woman who has been abused and taken advantage of by all the men in her life, finally finds a man she believes truly loves her, but she snaps when she finds out that he, too, is cheating on her, and she kills her boyfriend's mistress. Condemned to death for her crime, she awaits her fate at the hands of the legal system. Produced as an impassioned cry against the death penalty at a time when it was the subject of national debate in Britain. Based on the book by Joan Henry. 96 min. DVD X1840
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Williams, Melanie. "Yield to Night." In: British cinema of the 1950s : a celebration / edited by Ian MacKillop and Neil Sinyard. Manchester ; New York : Manchester University Press ; New York, NY, USA : Distributed exclusively in the USA by Palgrave, 2003. (Full text available online [UCB users only]; print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.G7 M263 2003)
Williams, Melanie. "Women in Prison and Women in Dressing Gowns: rediscovering the 1950s films of J. Lee Thompson." Journal of Gender Studies; Mar2002, Vol. 11 Issue 1, p5, 11p UC users only

Les Amants (The Lovers) (France, 1958)
Directed by Louis Malle. Cast: Jeanne Moreau, Alain Cuny, Jean-Marc Bory, Judith Magre. Landmark film of both modern French cinema and screen eroticism that portrays a fashion-dominated provincial wife whose shallow life changes overnight when she encounters an unpretentious young man. 89 min. DVD 9353 (PAL); vhs 999:3455
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Banned and Censored Films (for the controversay and court cases related to this film)

The Astounding She-Monster (1958)
Directed by Ronnie Ashcroft. Cast: Robert Clarke, Kenne Duncan, Marilyn Harvey, Jeanne Tatum, Shirley Kilpatrick, Ewing Brown. Hollywood gangsters kidnap a Beverly Hills socialite in her Cadillac convertible and whisk her off to a remote mountain cabin where a curvy "starlet" in a spandex spacesuit lands in her "white light' spaceship to bring handsome leading man Robert Clarke a message and to heat up his hormones. One problem with this cosmic encounter--her touch is deadly! 62 min. DVD 5980
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Hendershot, Cynthia. "Astounding She-Monsters: Femininity in Fifties Horror Films." In: I was a Cold War monster : horror films, eroticism, and the Cold War imagination / Cyndy Hendershot. Bowling Green, OH : Bowling Green State University Popular Press, c2001. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.H6 H46 2001)

Attack of the 50 Foot Woman (1958)
Directed by Nathan Hertz. Cast: Allison Hayes, William Hudson, Yvette Vickers. After encountering an alien from space, a woman grows until she is 50 ft. tall. Seeking revenge against an unfaithful husband she storms through town destroying everything in her path. 74 min. DVD 8651; vhs 999:985
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I Want To Live!(1958)
Directed by Robert Wise. Cast: Cast: Susan Hayward (Barbara Graham), Simon Oakland, Virginia Vincent, Theodore Bikel, Wesley Lau, Philip Coolidge, Lou Krugman, James Philbrook, Gage Clark, John Marley, Marion Marshall. Based on true events tells the dramatic story of the life of a "B-Girl," Barbara Graham, a vagrant prostitute and fast-living party girl, which led to a sensational murder trial and afterwards, her execution in the gas chamber despite growing doubts about her guilt. The background music is made up in its entirety of progressive jazz. Based on a newspaper article by Edward Montgomery and the letters of Barbara Graham. 121 min. DVD 1309
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Bingham, Dennis. "I want to Live!: Criminal Woman, Male Discourse." In: Whose Lives Are They Anyway? The biopic as contemporary film genre / Dennis Bingham. New Brunswick, NJ : Rutgers University Press, 2010. (Full-text available online [UC Berkeley users only])
Bingham, Dennis. ""I Do Want to Live!": Female Voices, Male Discourse, and Hollywood Biopics." Cinema Journal, Spring99, Vol. 38 Issue 3, p3-26, 24p UC users only
Macpherson, Heidi Slettedahl. "Spectacular Expectations: Women, Law and Film." Journal of American Studies; Dec2007, Vol. 41 Issue 3, p641-658, 18p UC users only

Queen of Outer Space (1958)
Directed by Ed Wood, Jr. Cast: Zsa Zsa Gabor, Eric Fleming, Laurie Mitchell, Lisa Davis, Paul Birch, Patrick Waltz, Dave Willock. Male astronauts crash-land on an all-female planet Venus. The space travelers spend a lot of time drooling over their new hosts, dressed in highly practical mini-skirts, but the Venusian queen does not much care for her visitors and wants to see them executed. However, not everyone on the planet takes such a hard line against the male gender. One of the Venusians is played by Zsa Zsa Gabor in what is probably the highlight of her film career. From a story by Ben Hecht. Special features: Commentary by Laurie Mitchell and film historian Tom Weaver; theatrical trailer. 80 min. DVD 9427
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The Fugitive Kind (1959)
Directed by Sidney Lumet. Cast: Marlon Brando, Anna Magnani, Joanne Woodward, Maureen Stapleton, Victor Jory, R.G. Armstrong, John Baragrey, Virgilia Chew, Sally Gracie, Ben Yaffee, Lucille Benson, Joe Brown, Jr., Emory Richardson, Mary Perry, Nell Harrison, Spivy, Janice Mars. A smoldering, snakeskin-jacketed Val Xavier is a guitar-strumming drifter trying to go straight. He finds work and solace in a Southern small-town variety store run by Lady Torrance, who's lonely, sexually frustrated, and abused by her vile, deathly ill husband, and who proves as much a temptation for Val as local wild child Carol, who tries to seduce him. Based on the play "Orpheus Descending" by Tennessee Williams as produced on Broadway by Robert Whitehead for Producers Theatre, Inc. Special features Disc 2: "Sidney Lumet" interview with director Sidney Lumet; "Hollywood's Tennessee and The fugitive kind" historians Robert Bray and R. Barton Palmer discuss film adaptations of Tennessee's plays; "Three plays by Tennessee Williams" an hour long 1958 Kraft television theatre presentation of three one-act plays (Moony's kid don't cry, The last of my solid gold watches, This property is condemned). 122 min. DVD X6826
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1960s-1970s

Caged Heat: Women in Prison Films

Girl of the Night (1960)
Directed by Joseph Cates. Cast: Anne Francis, Lloyd Nolan, Kay Medford, John Kerr, Arthur Storch, James Broderick. "... a sympathetic portrait of a young girl raised in a loveless home who drifts into a life of prostitution. Friendless and lonely, she's an easy target for her boozed-up madam and sadistic pimp ... until a compassionate doctor helps her unlock the secrets of her past and gain a sense of self-worth. Based upon "The call girl" by Harold Greenwald. 91 min. DVD X6339
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Black Sunday (Maschera del demonio) (Italy, 1961)
Directed by Mario Bava. Cast: Barbara Steele, John Richardson, Andrea Checchi, Ivo Garrani, Arturo Dominici. A woman executed as a witch by the Inquisition returns from the grave to seek gruesome revenge on the descendants of those who caused her death. Based on a story by Nikolai Gogol. 88 min. DVD 1833
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Mario Bava bibliography

The L-Shaped Room (UK, 1962)
Directed by Bryan Forbes. Cast: Leslie Caron, Tom Bell, Brock Peters, Dame Cicely Courtneidge, Patricia Phoenix, Avis Bunnage, Emlyn Williams. Young, unmarried and pregnant, a French beauty named Jane Fosset moves into a seedy London boarding house. Everyone living there has been rejected by society--blacks, homosexuals, prostitutes, bohemians. Jane falls for one such outcast, a struggling writer, and their love affair has everyone talking--including those who know her dark secret. Based on the novel by Lynne Reid Banks. 120 min. DVD X6008
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Fink, Janet; Holden, Katherine. " Pictures from the Margins of Marriage: Representations of Spinsters and Single Mothers in the mid-Victorian Novel, Inter-war Hollywood Melodrama and British Film of the 1950s and 1960s." Gender & History; Jul99, Vol. 11 Issue 2, p233, 23p

The Trial of Joan of Arc (Procès de Jeanne d'Arc) (France, 1962)
Directed by Robert Bresson. For various film versions of the life of Joan of Arc, SEE Biopics

Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)
Directed by Robert Aldrich. Cast: Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Victor Buono, Marjorie Bennett, Anna Lee. An aging ex-vaudeville child star initiates a psychotic reign of terror over her crippled sister, a former movie-queen of the 1930's. 132 min. DVD 4072
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Aldrich, Robert. Robert Aldrich : interviews Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, 2004. (GRDS: PN1998.3.A44 A5 2004; MAIN: PN1998.3.A44 A5 2004)
Arnold, Edwin T. The films and career of Robert Aldrich University of Tennessee Press, c1986. (MAIN: PN1998.A3 A559271 1986; MOFF: PN1998.A3 A55927 1986)
Russell, Lorena. "Queering Consumption and Production in What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?" In: Horror film : creating and marketing fear / edited by Steffen Hantke. Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, 2004. (Main Stack PN1995.9.H6.H674 2004)
Williams, Tony. Body and soul : the cinematic vision of Robert Aldrich Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, 2004. (MAIN: PN1998.3.A44 W55 2004)

Sin You Sinners (1963)
Directed by Joseph W. Sarno. Cast: June Colbourne, Dian Lloyd, Derek Murcott, Beverly Nazarow, Charles Clements. A stripper/fortune teller uses a magical Haitian amulet to keep young, and in so doing forces others to kill for her. 73 min. DVD X971
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Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (Ieri, Oggi, Domani)(Italy / France, 1963)
Directed by Vittorio De Sica. Cast: Sophia Loren, Marcello Mastroianni. Stories about three very different women and the men they attract. Adelina sells black-market cigarettes in Naples, is married to the unemployed Carmine, and faces a jail sentence. She can avoid it as long as she's pregnant. Several years and seven children later, Carmine is exhausted, so jail looks inescapable as does her contempt for Carmine. In Milan, Anna drives a Rolls, is bored, and picks up a writer. She talks dreamily of running off with him until he dents her car; that gets her emotional attention. Mara, a Roman call girl, turns the head of a naive seminarian, prompting a run-in with his granny and a vow of abstinence. Mara's fizzy lover from Bologna grows impatient. 120 min. DVD 5534; vhs 999:2430
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Awards
Academy Award - Best Foreign Language Film
Golden Globe Awards - Best Foreign Language Film

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Marnie (1964)
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Cast: Tippi Hedren, Sean Connery, Diane Baker, Martin Gabel. Marnie, a compulsive thief and liar is caught. Her captor impulsively marries the frigid, disturbed girl in an attempt to discover the reasons for her ongoing anti-social behavior. Based on the novel by Winston Graham. 130 min. DVD 220; vhs 99:578
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Onibaba (Demon Woman) (Japan, 1964)
Director: Kaneto Shind?. Cast: Nobuko Otowa, Jitsuko Yoshimura, Kei Sato, Jukichi Uno, Taiji Tonoyama, Sensho Matsumoto, Kentaro Kaji, Hosui Araya. An impoverished mother and her daughter-in-law eke out a lonely, desperate existence. In order to survive in feudal Japan, they are forced to murder worn-out samurai and sell their belongings for grain, then dump their corpses down a deep, dark hole. Special features: New video interview with writer/director Kaneto Shindo ; rare footage provided by actor Kei Sato, shot on location during the filing of Onibaba ; original trailer ; stills gallery featuring production sketches and promotional art ; essay by Chuck Stephens ; filmmakers statement from Kaneto Shindo ; rare English translation of the original Buddhist fable that inspired the film. 103 min. DVD 6943
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Strait-Jacket (1964)
Directed by William Castle. Cast: Joan Crawford, Diane Baker, Leif Erickson, Howard St. John, John Anthony Hayes, Rochelle Hudson. Released from a mental hospital 20 years after having committed the axe murders of her husband and his lover, a woman moves in with her brother, his wife, and her own daughter, who is now 23. When axe murders start occurring, police think she has reverted to her old ways. Special features: Battle-Axe: the making of Strait-Jacket; Joan Crawford wardrobe tests; axe test; Straight-jacket TV spots; how to plan a movie murder-vintage featurette; original theatrical trailer. 89 min. DVD X2206
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Bad Girls Go to Hell (1965)
Directed by Doris Wishman. Cast: Gigi Darlene, George La Rocque, Sam Stewart, Gertrude Cross (as Sandee Norman), Alan Feinstein. Meg accidentally kills the janitor with a bowl after being attacked and raped by him in the stairwell of her apartment. Although it was in self-defense, Meg fears no one would believe her. So, she travels to New York City and encounters a string of situations where she gets used and abused. Then she finally takes a job caring for an invalid woman whose son happens to be the detective assigned to investigate the janitor's death. 90 min. DVD X971
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Bowen, Michael J. "Embodiment and Realization: The Many Film-Bodies of Doris Wishman." Wide Angle 19.3 (1997) 64-90 UC users only
Luckett, Moya. "Sexploitation as Feminine Territory: The Films of Doris Wishman." In: Defining cult movies : the cultural politics of oppositional taste / edited by Mark Jancovich ... [et al.]. Manchester, UK ; New York : Manchester University Press : Distributed exclusively in the USA by Palgrave, 2003. (Main Stack PN1995.9.S284.D44 2003)
Modleski, Tania. "Women's Cinema as Counterphobic Cinema: Doris Wishman as the Last Auteur." In: Sleaze artists : cinema at the margins of taste, style, and politics Jeffrey Sconce, ed. Durham : Duke University Press, 2007. (MAIN: PN1995.9.S284 S64 2007)
Quarles, Mike. "Doris Wishman: How Did a Nice Girl Like You End Up in a Book Like This?" In: Down and dirty : Hollywood's exploitation filmmakers and their movies Jefferson, NC : McFarland, c1993. (Main Stack PN1998.2.Q37 1993)

Come Drink With Me (Da zui xia) (Hong Kong, 1965)
Director, King Hu. Swordplay adventure in ancient China. Chang, a woman warrior, and Fan Ta-pei, a martial arts master, fight to release Chang's brother, who is being held hostage by bandits. DVD special features: Feature commentary with lead actress Cheng Pei-pei and Hong Kong cinema expert Bey Logan; The king and I: acclaimed director Tsui Hark remembers King Hu; Come speak with me: an exclusive interview with leading lady Cheng Pei-pei; A classic remembered: a retrospective with Hong Kong cinema expert Bey Logan; Return of the druken master: an exclusive interview with leading man Yueh Hua; trailer gallery. 95 min. DVD X3077; vhs 999:3273
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Darling (UK, 1965)
Directed by John Schlesinger. Cast: Laurence Harvey, Dirk Bogarde, Julie Christie. A London photographer's model proceeds from an immature marriage into a series of shady affairs-- first with a television talker, then with a slick promotion man, and ultimately in a palazzo as the loveless wife of an Italian prince. After becoming a prisoner of her own success through these disastrous affairs, she realizes the awful price she has paid for happiness. This is a slashing social satire and a devastating spoof of the synthetic, stomach-turning output of the television-advertising age. 122 min. DVD X1043; vhs 999:3014
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Brooker-Bowers, Nancy. John Schlesinger : a guide to references and resources Boston : G. K. Hall, c1978. (MAIN: PN1998.A3 S3374; MOFF: PN1998.A3 S3374)
Geraghty, Christine. "Women and 60s British Cinema: The Development of the 'Darling' Girl." In: The British cinema book. Edited by Robert Murphy. 2nd ed. London: British Film Institute, 2001. (Main Stack PN1993.5.G7.B66 2001)
Tarr, Carrie "Sapphire, Darling and the boundaries of permitted pleasure." Screen Vol XXVI nr 1 (Jan-Feb 1985); p 50-65
Mann, William J. Edge of midnight : the life of John Schlesinger (MAIN: PN1998.3.S34 M36 2004)
Phillips, Gene D. John Schlesinger Boston : Twayne Publishers, 1981 (MAIN: PN1998.A3 .P2852; MOFF: PN1998.A3 .P2852)

Repulsion (UK, 1965)
Directed by Roman Polanski. Cast: Catherine Deneuve, Jan Hendry, John Fraser, Patrick Wymark, Yvonne Furneaux. A study of sexual dementia. A young Belgain manicurist,tormented by the thought of sex, suffers neurotic withdrawal and eventually murders her boyfriend and landlord when they try to help her. 105 min. DVD 3782
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Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (1966)
Directed by Russ Meyer. Cast: Tura Satana (Varla), Haji (Rosie), Lori Williams (Billie), Susan Bernard (Linda), Stuart Lancaster (The Old Man). In this cult classic three curvaceous go-go dancers in a sportscar go on a desert crime-spree, led by nasty Varla dressed entirely in black. Varla's lesbian moll Rosie and bimbo Billie are along for the ride. When they meet a naive young couple Varla dispatches the man with one karate chop. They take the girl hostage and drive to a house owned by a crippled old lecher, where they scheme to discover the money he has hidden on the property, not realizing that the old man has a few sinister intentions of his own. 83 min. DVD X4973; vhs 999:3593
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Frasier, David K. Russ Meyer--the life and films : a biography and a comprehensive, illustrated, and annotated filmogy / David K. Frasier. Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., c1990. ( Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.3.M49 F7 1990)
Hatch, Kristen. "Sweeter the kitten the sharper the claws: Russ Meyer's bad girls." In: Bad : infamy, darkness, evil, and slime on screen / edited by Murray Pomerance. Albany : State University of New York Press, 2004. (Main Stack PN1995.9.E93.B33 2004)
Hentzi, Gary. "Little cinema of horrors." Film Quarterly; Spring93, Vol. 46 Issue 3, p22, 6p
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McDonough, Jimmy. Big bosoms and square jaws : the biography of Russ Meyer, king of the sex film New York : Crown, c2005. (PFA : PN1998.3.M49 M34 2005)
Morris, Gary. "Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!" Bright Lights November 2002 | Issue 38 UC users only
Quarles, Mike. "Russ Meyer: T and A and $." In: Down and dirty : Hollywood's exploitation filmmakers and their movies Jefferson, NC : McFarland, c1993. (Main Stack PN1998.2.Q37 1993)
Stringer, Julian. "Exposing Intimacy in Russ Meyer's Motorpsycho and Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!" In: The road movie book / edited by Steven Cohan and Ina Rae Hark. London ; New York : Routledge, 1997 (full-text [UCB users only]; print: Main Stack PN1995.9.R63.R63 1997)

Teenage Gang Debs (1966)
Directed by Sande N. Johnsen. Cast: Don Sullivan, Katherine Victor, Steve Conte, J.L.D. Morrison. Brooklyn bad girl Terry becomes the top mama of "The Rebels" by manipulating the guys and eliminating the dolls. 72 min. DVD X3369
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Bonnie & Clyde (1967)
Directed by Arthur Penn. Featuring Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, Gene Hackman, Estelle Parsons, Michael J. Pollard. A likeable young couple embark on a series of increasingly violent crimes during the darkest days of the Depression. 112 min. DVD 70; vhs 999:2
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The Hellcats (1967)
Directed by Robert F. Slatzer. Cast: Ross Hagen, Dee Duffy, Sharyn Kinzie, Robert F. Slatzer. An action-packed film about female motorcyle gangs...the first of its kind. A cop goes undercover to avenge the death of his undercover cop brother. The only link to his murder is a drug-dealing biker gang (called the Hellcats) who are employed by the mob to move drugs from Mexico to the U.S. The cop and his dead brother's fiance team up and infiltrate the gang to determine who killed the cop. 90 min. DVD X3142
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Valley of the Dolls. (1967)
Directed by Mark Robson. Cast: Barbara Parkins, Patty Duke, Paul Burke, Sharon Tate, Susan Hayward. Three girls come to New York City and later, Hollywood, to chase their dreams of stardom only to discover there are prices for fame and fortune-- addictions to pills, booze, drowned careers, crumbling fortunes, dizzying highs and incredible lows. The three girls go for broke, eaten alive by show business, sex, and drugs, in this trashy, campy exposé of the dark side of stardom. Based on the novel of the same title by Jacqueline Susann. Disc one: Special features: Commentary by actress Barbara Parkins and E!s Ted Casablanca [optional audio feature]; Trivia overdose: a pill-popping guide to "Valley of the Dolls" [interactive feature] -- Gotta get off this merry-go-round: Sex, dolls and showtunes [featurette] (2006) (48 min.); Still galleries [slide shows]. Disc two: Special features: The divine Ms. Susann [featurette] (2006) (14 min.) -- The dish on dolls [featurette] (2006) (6 min.) -- Hollywood backstories: "Valley of the Dolls" / narrated by Rino Romano ; produced and directed by Michele Farinola ; produced by Prometheus Entertainment [featurette] (2001) (23 min.) -- A world premiere voyage / hosted by Bill Burrud and Army Archerd ; produced by Milas Hinshaw ; a Hollywood Premieres, Inc. production [featurette] (1967) (48 min.) -- Jacqueline Susann and the "Valley of the Dolls" / directed by Alan Foshko ; an Alan Foshko-Lew Schwartz Del Sol Production [featurette] (1967) (51 min.); Screen tests (17 min.); TV Spots and original theatrical trailers (5 min.); "You've Got talent" karaoke (8 min.); Musical numbers [audio feature]. 123 min. DVD X2476; vhs 999:2819
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Les Biches (France / Italy, 1968)
Directed by Claude Chabrol. Cast: Stephane Audran, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Jacqueline Sassard, Serge Bento. A young female student is seduced by an elegant older woman who spirits her away to St. Tropez. Here a handsome young male guest comes between the two lovers. The older woman is beset by jealousy, madness and ultimately, murder. A study in bisexuality and upper-class decadence. 95 min. DVD 1728; vhs 999:685
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Daughters of Lesbos (1968)
Directed by Peter Woodcock. The man-haters club meets weekly for great food, fine wine and wild sexual escapades. When one of the members of the club is assaulted by a peeping Tom, the others, led by Dominique, take the law into their own hands. Special features: Lesbian-loving trailers; Sappho shorts: #1: Lash of the Lesbian, #2: Lesbian apartment party, #3: Lesbian neighbors, #4: She-man surprise, #5: Lesbian bikers, #6: Lesbian coffin sex, #7: Let's make Mary moan, #8: Outdoor lesbian love. 62 min. DVD 2536
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She-devils on Wheels (1968)
Directed by Herschell Gordon Lewis. Cast: Betty Connell, Nancy Lee Noble, Christie Wagner, Rodney Bedell. An all-girl motorcycle gang The Man-eaters spend their time terrorising a local community. The gang initiate cute Honeypot and start a turf war with Joe-Boy and his hot rodders. Special features: Audio commentary by the director, theatrical trailer, archival short "Biker beach party" and the Herschell Gordon Lewis Gallery of Exploitation Art. 82 min. DVD X4754
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Babysitter (1969)
Director, Tom Laughlin. Cast: Patricia Wymer, George E. Carey, Anne Bellamy. Candy, the aptly named seductress babysitter who takes a job working for the powerful district attorney. A judge is about to sentence the murderous members of a motorcycle gang when Candy steps in and blackmails the D.A. 90 min. DVD X5537
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Medea (France / Italy / West Germany, 1969)
Directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini. Medea (Maria Callas), high priestess of the Golden Fleece, falls in love with Jason, and, stealing the prized article, flees with him to Corinth. Jason eventually betrays her, however, when he falls in love with the daughter of Creon. In a white heat of anger, Medea murders Creon, his daughter, and finally her two sons by Jason, then flees, leaving him to face a wifeless, childless future. 100 min. DVD 5618; Video/C 1062
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Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1970)
Directed by Russ Meyer. Cast: Dolly Read, Cynthia Myers, Marcia McBroom, John La Zar, Michael Blodgett, David Gurian, Edy Williams. Story of an uninhibited all-girl rock group who travel to Hollywood to claim an inheritance and meet a kinky music promoter who turns them on to a whole new scene. Based on a story by Roger Ebert and Russ Meyer. Special features: Audio commentaries by Roger Ebert; Audio commentary by cast members Dolly Read, Cynthia Myers, Harrison Page, John La Zar and Erica Gavin; "Above, beneath and beyond the valley: the making of a musical-horror-sex comedy"; "Look on up at the bottom: the music of dolls"; "The best of Beyond" featurette; "Sex, drugs, music & murder: signs of the time, baby!" featurette; "Casey & Roxanne: the love scene" featurette; Screen tests of the stars; 6 photo galleries with more than 300 photos. 109 min. DVD X2477
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Fischer, Craig. "Beyond the Valley of the Dolls and the Exploitation Genre." The Velvet Light Trap, vol. 30, pp. 18-33, Fall 1992 (Pacific Film Archive PN1998.3.M49 M34 2005)
Frasier, David K. Russ Meyer--the life and films : a biography and a comprehensive, illustrated, and annotated filmogy / David K. Frasier. Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., c1990. ( Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.3.M49 F7 1990)
Hatch, Kristen. "Sweeter the kitten the sharper the claws: Russ Meyer's bad girls." In: Bad : infamy, darkness, evil, and slime on screen / edited by Murray Pomerance. Albany : State University of New York Press, 2004. (Main Stack PN1995.9.E93.B33 2004)
McDonough, Jimmy. Big bosoms and square jaws : the biography of Russ Meyer, king of the sex film / Jimmy McDonough. New York : Crown, c2005.
Quarles, Mike. "Russ Meyer: T and A and $." In: Down and dirty : Hollywood's exploitation filmmakers and their movies Jefferson, NC : McFarland, c1993. (Main Stack PN1998.2.Q37 1993)
"Russ Meyer, Roger Ebert and Beyond the Valley of the Dolls." In: Movie talk from the front lines : filmmakers discuss their works with the Los Angeles Film Critics Association / edited by Jerry Roberts and Steven Gaydos, with a foreword by Robert Rosen. Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., c1995. (Moffitt PN1993.5.U6 M668 1995)

The Beguiled (1971)
Directed by Clint Eastwood.. Cast: Clint Eastwood, Geraldine Page, Elizabeth Hartman, Jo Ann Harris, Darleen Carr, Mae Mercer, Pamelyn Ferdin, Melody Thomas, Peggy Drier, Pattye Mattick. Clint Eastwood plays a wounded Union soldier hidden by a girls' academy in the South during the Civil War. As his health returns he soon realizes that his benefactress, the headmistress can't be trusted...with his love or his lfe. 105 min. DVD 5367
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Herring, Gina. ""The Beguiled": Misogynist myth or feminist fable?" Literature Film Quarterly; 1998, Vol. 26 Issue 3, p214, 6p UC users only
Kay, Karyn. "The Beguiled, Gothic Misogyny." Velvet Light Trap: A Critical Journal of Film & Television, Fall76, Issue 16, p32-33, 2p

Lady Frankenstein (La figlia di Frankenstein) (Italy, 1971)
Directed by Mel Welles and Aureliano Luppi. Cast: Joseph Cotten, Sara Bay [i.e. Rosalba Neri], Paul Müller, Peter Whiteman, Herbert Fux, Mickey Hargitay. After her father, the Baron Frankenstein, is killed by one of his creations, his daughter Lady Tania creates a monster of her own to defeat it. Meanwhile, the first monster seeks revenge on the grave robbers who sold the body parts used in its creation. 83 min. DVD X4391
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Play Misty for Me (1971)
Directed by Don Siegel. Cast: Clint Eastwood, Jessica Walter, Donna Mills, John Larch. A popular DJ's life and happiness are threatened when he rejects the advances of an infatuated, emotionally disturbed fan. 103 min. DVD X3130
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Knee, Adam. "The dialectic of female power and male hysteria in Play Misty for Me." In: Screening the male : exploring masculinities in Hollywood cinema / edited by Steven Cohan and Ina Rae Hark. London ; New York : Routledge, c1993. (Main (Gardner) Stacks; Moffitt PN1995.9.M46 S36 1993)
McGinley, Eileen; Sabbadini, Andrea. "Play Misty for me (1971): The perversion of love." The International Journal of Psychoanalysis Volume 87 Issue 2, Pages 589 - 597 UC users only

Weekend with the Babysitter (1971)
Director, Tom Laughlin. Cast: George E. Carey, Susan Romen. Mona Carlton leaves to take her son on a weekend trip when Candy Wilson, the babysitter arrives. Candy gets a hold of her movie director husband, Jim Carlton and teaches him the ways of the hippies, bikers, free love and narcotics. Jim soon learns this new lifestyle pales in comparison to the love he has for his wife. 86 min. DVD X5537
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Une belle fille comme moi (A Gorgeous Girl Like Me; Such a Gorgeous Kid Like Me) (France, 1972)
Directed by François Truffaut. Cast: Bernadette Lafont, Claude Brasseur, Charles Denner, Guy Marchand. While researching his book, a naive sociologist embarks on a programme of interviews with female criminals. Camille Bliss tells him the story of her life and finally entangles him in her web of deceit and murder. Based on the novel: Such a gorgeous kid like me by Henry Farrell. 93 min. DVD X2057
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Boxcar Bertha (1972)
Directed by Martin Scorsese. Cast: Barbara Hershey, David Carradine, Barry Primus, Bernie Casey, John Carradine. Based on characters in the book Sister of the road, which is the autobiography of Bertha Thompson. Set in the 1930's, a homeless woman (Bertha) and an union organizer team up on a crime spree to get revenge from a railroad company. 88 min. DVD 3302
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Female Prisoner Scorpion: Jailhouse 41 (Joshuu 701-gô: Sasori) (Japan, 1972)
Directed by Shunya Ito. Cast: Meiko Kaji, Fumio Watanabe, Kayoko Shiraishi. An innocent young woman in jail is systematically humiliated and tortured, and when she escapes, she goes on a violent rampage of revenge against the men who abused her. 90 min. DVD X2486
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The Hot Box (Philippines / USA, 1972)
Directed by Joe Viola. Cast: Carmen Argenziano, Andrea Cagan, Margaret Markov, Rickey Richardson, Laurie Rose. Four American nurses are kidnapped by bounty hunters who are working for a band of revolutionaries in the mythic Republic of San Rosario. The women are impressed into service helping the guerrillas organize an infirmary for wounded partistans. One of the women joins the revolutionaries. 85 min. DVD X2486
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Cleopatra Jones (1973)
Directed by Jack Starrett. Cast: Tamara Dobson, Bernie Casey, Shelley Winters. Classic blaxploitation potboilder. A beautiful, tough drug enforcement agent intercedes when a menacing drug ring attempts to stage a retaliatory raid on a Los Angeles drug rehabilitation center. 89 min. DVD 8336; vhs Video 999:1820
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Brody, Jennifer DeVere. "The Return of Cleopatra Jones." Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 1999 25(1): 91-121.UC users only

Black Mama, White Mama (1973)
Directed by Eddie Romero. Cast: Pam Grier, Margaret Markov, Sid Haig, Lynn Borden, Zaldy Zschornack, Laurie Burton. Two extradited female prisoners in a Philippine jungle prison, prostitute Lee Daniels and guerrilla fighter Karen Brent, will do anything to escape. Their chance comes during a transport on which they are shackled together. After killing a guard they are on the run for their lives, igniting a bloody shoot out between gangsters and a group of revolutionaries. 86 min. DVD 486
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Ciasullo, Ann. "Containing "Deviant" Desire: Lesbianism, Heterosexuality, and the Women-in-Prison Narrative." The Journal of Popular Culture 41 (2) 2008,, 195–223 UC users only
Holmlund, Chris. "Wham! Bam! Pam! Pam Grier as Hot Action Babe and Cool Action Mama." Quarterly Review of Film and Video Volume 22, Number 2/April-June 2005UC users only
Mayne, Judith.(2000) "Caged and Framed: The Women-in-Prison Film." In: Framed: Lesbians, Feminists, and Media Culture. pp. 115 - 145. Minneapolis & London : University of Minnesota Press.(Main Stack PN1995.9.W6.M359 2000)

Coffy (1973)
Directed by Jack Hill. Cast: Pam Grier, Booker Bradshaw, Robert Doqui, William Elliott, Allan Arbus, Sid Haig. Coffy (Pam Grier) is a nurse turned avenger, becoming a one-woman, anti-drug vigilante who roots out the dealers who "turned on" her 11-year-old sister. This violent, sexy drama is a variation on urban vigilante flicks, where family members fight crime more effectively than the cops, and in much more provocative ways. 91 min. DVD 5429; vhs Video/C 999:1869
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Holmlund, Chris. "Wham! Bam! Pam! Pam Grier as Hot Action Babe and Cool Action Mama." Quarterly Review of Film and Video Volume 22, Number 2/April-June 2005UC users only
Reel knockouts : violent women in the movies / edited by Martha McCaughey and Neal King. 1st ed. Austin : University of Texas Press, 2001. (Main Stack PN1995.9.W6.R454 2001)
Schubart, Rikke. "Godmother" of Them All: The Rise and Fall of Pam Grier" In: Super bitches and action babes : the female hero in popular cinema, 1970-2006 Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., c2007. (MAIN: PN1995.9.W6 S363 2007)

Lady Snowblood (Shurayukihime) (Japan, 1973)
Director: Toshiya Fujita. Cast: Kaji Meiko, Kurosawa Toshio, Daimon Masaaki, Akaza Miyoko, Okada Eiji. Trained in the arts of death by the priest who adopts her, Yuki sets out to find the four villains who destroyed her family. 97 min. DVD 6418
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Little Mother (1973)
Directed by Radley Metzger. Cast: Christiane Kruger, Siegfried Rauch, Mark Damon, Ivan Desny, Anton Diffring. This fictionalized account of Eva Peron's life focuses on Eva's use of sexual persuasion and conquest. In this Evita, the young seductress sleeps her way to the top of a nation. When her new husband becomes President, she finally has all the power she craves--until her shocking downfall. The film does not use Eva's name, nor the name of any country, to tell its story. 95 min. DVD 6358
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Women in Cell Block 7 (Diario segreto da un carcere femminile) (Italy / USA, 1973)
Directed by Rino Di Silvestro. Cast: Anita Strindberg, Eva Czemerys, Jenny Tamburi, Cristina Gaioni, Massimo Serato. The daughter of a kindapped Mafia boss goes undercover in a women's prison to obtain information from a prisoner whose dead boyfriend was transporting a missing load of heroin. The film is shot in an actual state-run women's penitentiary. 100 min. DVD X2486
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Foxy Brown (1974)
Directed by Jack Hill. Cast: Pam Grier, Peter Brown, Terry Carter, Kathryn Loder, Harry Holcombe, Antonio Fargas. A sexy black woman, Foxy Brown, seeks revenge when her government agent boyfriend Michael is shot down by gangsters led by the kinky couple of Steve Elias and Miss Katherine [Internet Movie Database]. 94 min. DVD 485; VHS 999:1648
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Holmlund, Chris. "Wham! Bam! Pam! Pam Grier as Hot Action Babe and Cool Action Mama." Quarterly Review of Film and Video Volume 22, Number 2/April-June 2005UC users only
Reel knockouts : violent women in the movies / edited by Martha McCaughey and Neal King. 1st ed. Austin : University of Texas Press, 2001. (Main Stack PN1995.9.W6.R454 2001)
Schubart, Rikke. "Godmother" of Them All: The Rise and Fall of Pam Grier" In: Super bitches and action babes : the female hero in popular cinema, 1970-2006 Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., c2007. (MAIN: PN1995.9.W6 S363 2007)

In Danger and in Deep Distress, the Middleway Spells Certain Death (In gefahr und größter Not bringt der Mittelweg den Tod)(West Germany, 1974)
Two feature films, and five shorts created by the noted German producer and director Alexander Kluge. Mingles real documentary footage covering contemporary (1975) German politics with a spoof of spy stories. The stories include: a woman prostitute who gets even with men by stealing their wallets and cars, and a female Marxist spy who is so boring to her handler that she gets fired. The Miss Germany beauty pageant is one of the settings in which these stories take place. DVD 8165
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Lisa and the Devil (Lisa e il diavolo) (Italy, 1974)
Directed by Mario Bava and Alfredo Leone. Cast: Telly Savalas, Elke Sommer, Sylva Koscina, Alessio Orano, Gabriele Tinti, Kathy Leone, Eduardo Fajardo, Alida Valli. Lisa is a tourist in an ancient city. When she gets lost, she finds an old mansion in which to shelter. Soon, she is sucked into a vortex of deception, debauchery and evil presided over by housekeeper Leandre. Videodisc release of a 1973 motion picture: Lisa and the devil (95 min.) and its 1975 re-edited version, titled: The house of exorcism (96 min.). 191 min. DVD X1442
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The Maids(1974)
Director: Christopher Miles. Cast: Glenda Jackson, Susannah York, Vivien Merchant. Two Parisian sisters, Solange and Claire, serve as maids to a cruel socialite, but whenever she leaves, the two act out a bizarre, complex role-playing psychodrama of domination and control that feeds their powerful lust for revenge upon the mistress they serve. 94 min. DVD 1588

Histoire d'O (The Story of O)(France / West Germany / Canada, 1975)
Directed by Just Jaeckin. Cast: Corinne Clery, Anthony Steel, Udo Kier, Jean Gaven. O is taken by her boyfriend, Rene, to a bizarre retreat, where she is trained in bondage and sexual perversion. Rene discharges a personal debt by transferring possession of O to his step-brother. 98 min. DVD X677
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Carrie (1976)
Directed by Brian De Palma. See Horror Films

In the Realm of the Senses (Ai no corrida) (Japan, 1976)
Directed by Nagisa Oshima. Set in 1936 and based on one of Japan's most notorious scandals, this erotic masterpiece is the story of Sada Abe, an ex-prostitute who becomes involved in an obsessive love affair with the master of the household where she is employed as a servant. 104 min. DVD 910
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Joan of Arc (1976)
For various films based on the life of Joan of Arc See Biopics

An Unmarried Woman (1977)
Directed by Paul Mazursky. Cast: Jill Clayburgh, Alan Bates, Michael Murphy, Cliff Gorman, Pat Quinn. Erica seemingly has the perfect life until her husband informs her he's leaving her for another woman. With help from a therapist and a supportive group of friends, she recovers and begins to build a new life for herself, even entertaining the possibility of a new relationship. 119 min. DVD 5585
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Brunsdon, Charlotte; Clarke, Jane. "A Subject for the Seventies." Screen (1982) 23(3-4): 20-29 UC users only

I Spit on Your Grave (Day of the Woman)(1978)
Directed by Meir Zarchi. Cast: Camille Keaton, Eron Tabor, Richard Pace, Anthony Nichols, Gunter Kleemann. A novelist spending the summer alone at an isolated lakeside house in upstate New York is raped, beaten and left for dead by four local residents. Emotionally destroyed, she no longer writes her novel; instead she finds herself choreographing a violent revenge scheme against the entire group. 104 min. DVD 6942
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Clover, Carol. "Getting even." Sight & Sound; May92, Vol. 2 Issue 1, p16-18, 3p
Clover, Carol J. "High and Low: The Transformation of the Rape-Revenge Movie." In: Women and film : a Sight and sound reader / edited by Pam Cook and Philip Dodd. Philadelphia : Temple University Press, 1993. (Main Stack PN1995.9.W6.W63 1993; Moffitt PN1995.9.W6.W63 1993)
Kuersten, Erich. "Towards a New Cinema of Castration: I Spit on Your Grave and Only Angels Have Wings." Bright Lights, February 2010 | Issue 67
Lehman, Peter. "'Don't Blame this on a Girl: Female Rape-revenge Films." In: Screening the male : exploring masculinities in Hollywood cinema / edited by Steven Cohan and Ina Ra London ; New York : Routledge, c1993. Main (Gardner) Stacks; Moffitt PN1995.9.M46 S36 1993)
Oler, Tammy. "The Brave Ones." Bitch Magazine: Feminist Response to Pop Culture; Winter2009, Issue 42, p30-34, 5p UC users only

10 Violent Women (1979)
Directed by Ted V. Mikels. Cast: Melodie Bell, Sherri Vernon, Dixie Lauren, Georgia Morgan, Jane Farnsworth. Eight women miners get fed up with their lifestyle and decide to try crime. After successfully pulling off a jewelry store robbery they are busted by narcs when they try to buy cocaine. They get sent to a prison where a butch head guard uses the prisoners for her own deviant pleasures. Two of the women manage to escape and then get mixed up with a shah who had a scarab ring stolen in their jewelry heist. 97 min. DVD X3382
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Alien Quartet (1979-1997)
Featuring Sigourney Weaver as the kick-ass Lt. Ellen Ripley. See Science Fiction Films

1980s-1990s

9 to 5 (Nine to Five) (1980)
Directed by Colin Higgins. Cast: Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Dolly Parton, Dabney Coleman, Elizabeth Wilson, Sterling Hayden. Three female office workers combine forces to kidnap their deceitful, egotistical, and thoroughly chauvinistic boss and raise office efficiency to an all-time high during his absence. 110 min. DVD 949
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Gloria(1980)
Directed by John Cassavetes. Cast: Gena Rowlands, John Adames, Buck Henry, Julie Carmen. Ex-gun moll and showgirl Gloria is suddenly forced to protect a child whose parents have been rubbed out by the mob. Gloria and Phil are chased throughout New York City because Phil has a black book containing the accounts of the mob. 121 min. DVD X4612
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Body Heat (1981)
Direced by Lawrence Kasdan. Cast: William Hurt, Kathleen Turner, Richard Crenna, Ted Danson, J.A. Preston, Mickey Rourke. A likable, unambitious Florida attorney and his siren-like lover plot to kill her wealthy husband. 113 min. DVD 3827; vhs 999:2233
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Arnett, Robert. "Eighties noir: the dissenting voice in Reagan's America.(analysis of outstanding film noir works in the 1980s)." Journal of Popular Film and Television 34.3 (Fall 2006): 123(7). UC users only

The French Lieutenant's Woman (1981)
Directed by Karel Reisz. Cast: Meryl Streep, Jeremy Irons, Hilton McRae, Emily Morgan, Charlotte Mitchell, Lynsey Baxter, Jean Faulds, Peter Vaughan, Colin Jeavons. Sarah Woodruff is ostracized by Victorian society and is abandoned by her French lieutenant lover. Charles Smithson discovers Sarah and resolves to unravel the mystery of her clandestine past. Based on the novel of the same title by John Fowles. Screenplay by Harold Pinter. 116 min. 999:970
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Pinter, Harold. The French lieutenant's woman : a screenplay Little, Brown, c1981. (MAIN: PN1997 .F744)
Pinter, Harold. The French Lieutenant's woman, and other screenplays. London : Methuen, 1982.(MAIN: PN1997 .F744 1982)

The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981)
Directed by Bob Rafelson. Cast: Jack Nicholson, Jessica Lange, John Colicos. Steamy tale of a drifter offered a job at a roadside diner by the owner, an easy-going older man. When the drifter and the owner's voluptuous wife fall in love, they plot to kill her husband and run away together. Based on the novel by James M. Cain. 121 min. DVD 297
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Victor, Victoria (1982)
Directed by Blake Edwards. Cast: Julie Andrews, James Garner, Robert Preston, Lesley Ann Warren, Alex Karras. A starving singer in Depression-era Paris is convinced by an equally hapless performer that the only way she can earn a living on the nightclub circuit is to masquerade as a man who impersonates women. Then she meets the man of her dreams. Remake of the 1933 German film Viktor und Viktoria (see entry below). 134 min. DVD 9580; vhs 999:3150
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À Nos amours (France, 1983)
Directed by Maurice Pialat. Cast: Sandrine Bonnaire, Dominique Besnehard, Maurice Pialat, Evelyne Ker, Cyr Boitard, Pierre-Loup Rajot, Cyril Collard. A study of a working class girl of fifteen who, looking for the affection she is denied at home, enters a series of casual sexual affairs, eventually marries, then leaves her husband to fly off to America. Non-US format Special features (Disc one): Original theatrical trailer ; (Disc two): "The human eye" a 1999 documentary on the film; archival interview with Maurice Pialat on the set; a 2003 interview with Sandrine Bonnaire; new interviews with filmmakers Catherine Breillat and Jean-Pierre Gorin; actor auditions. 102 min. DVD 6661 (Criterion); copy 2: DVD 3408(PAL) DVD. In French without subtitles.
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Born in Flames (1983)
Directed by Lizzie Borden. Cast: Honey, Adele Bertei, Jeanne Satterfield, Flo Kennedy, Ron Vawter, Eric Bogosian. A futuristic fable of feminist turmoil still brewing ten years after the Second American Revolution. When Adelaide Norris, the black radical founder of the Woman's Army, is mysteriously killed, a diverse coalition of women - across all lines of race, class, and sexual preference - emerges to blow the System apart. With their fury growing and all peaceful options exhausted, women overcome divisions of race, class, and sexual orientation to form a guerilla movement to take over control of the media. 80 min. DVD 6007; vhs 999:1837
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Dark Habits (Entre tinieblas) (Spain, 1983)
Directed by Pedro Almodóvar. Cast: Cristina Pascual, Julieta Serrano, Marisa Paredes, Carmen Maura, Chus Lampreave. A nightclub singer hides out in a convent after her lover dies of an overdose. The eccentric nuns, who welcome her with open arms, have problems of their own: with the church, with the law and with their benefactor. In the end, it's hard to say who's redeemed, if anyone. 115 min. DVD 1878; vhs 999:1724
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Prénom Carmen (First Name, Carmen) (France, 1983)
Directed by Jean-Luc Godard. Cast: Maruschka Detmers, Jacques Bonnaffe, Myriem Roussel, Christophe Odent. Carmen, a member of a terrorist gang, seduces the hapless policeman who tries to arrest her during a bank robbery. Fleeing together, they hide out with her eccentric uncle until the restless Carmen leads them to an absurd doom. 85 min. DVD 9296; also DVD 626; vhs 999:2402
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A Question of Silence (De Stilte rond Christine M.)(Netherlands, 1983)
Director, Marleen Gorris. Cast: Edda Barends, Nelly Frijda, Cox Habbema, Henriette Tol. A female psychiatrist is appointed by a judge to evaluate three women who, strangers to each other, have each confessed to the murder of the same man. Their rage toward and hatred of their male-dominated society is gradually understood by the psychiatrist, who begins to question her own nature. 97 min. vhs 999:1829
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Elsley, Judy. "Laughter as Feminine Power in The Color Purple and A Question of Silence.'" In: New perspectives on women and comedy / edited by Regina Barreca. Philadelphia : Gordon and Breach, c1992. (Main Stack PS430.N49 1992)
Ramanathan, Geetha. "Murder as speech: narrative subjectivity in Marleen Gorris' 'A Question of Silence.'." Genders n15 (Winter 1992 n15): 58(14).
Sklar, Robert. "Marlene Gorris: The Lighter Side of Feminism." In: The Cineaste interviews 2 : on the art and politics of the cinema / Gary Crowdus, Dan Georgakas. Chicago : Lake View Press, c2002. (Main Stack PN1998.2.C51 2002; PFA PN1998.2.C51 2002)
Smelik, Anneke. "And the mirror cracked: metaphors of violence in the films of Marleen Gorris." Women's Studies International Forum 16.n4 (July-August 1993): 349(15).
Udris, Jan. "A Question of Silence." In: The cinema of the Low Countries / edited by Ernest Mathijs. London ; [New York] : Wallflower Press, 2004. (Main Stack PN1993.5.B425.C56 2004)
Williams, Linda. "A Jury of Their Peers: Marleen Gorris's A Question of Silence." In: Multiple voices in feminist film criticism / Diane Carson, Linda Dittmar, and Janice R. Welsch, editors. Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, c1994. (Main Stack PN1995.9.W6.M82 1994; Moffitt PN1995.9.W6.M82 1994)

Terminator series (1984-2003)
Featuring Linda Hamilton as the kick-ass Sarah Connor. See Science Fiction Films

Sex Mission (Seksmisja) (Soviet Union, 1984)
Directed by Juliusz Machulski. Cast: Jerzy Stuhr, Olgierd Ukaszewicz, Bozena Stryjkona, Boguslawa Pawelec, Hanna Stankowna. A science fiction film about the year 2044. Two men, voluntarily hibernated in 1991, are awakened 53 years later to learn that males don't exist anymore. A nuclear war destroyed everything, including men. Women are ruling from the underground. Facing harsh treatment from their female guards, these two men are determined to save themselves and reestablish the male population. 120 min. DVD 6247
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Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Mujeres al Borde de un Ataque de Nervios) (Spain, 1984)
Directed by Pedro Almodóvar. Comedy about a woman who has been jilted by the love of her life, her friend who is in love with a terrorist, and her ex-lover's crazed wife. Mix them all together and you end up with women on the verge of a nervous breakdown! 88 min. DVD 646; vhs 999:667; VHS in Spanish/no subtitles vhs 999:3550
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Awards
Golden Globe Awards - Best Foreign Language Film
National Board of Review, USA - Best Foreign Language Film
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Foreign Language Film

Desperately Seeking Susan (1985)
Directed by Susan Seidelman. Cast: Rosanna Arquette, Aidan Quinn, Madonna, Robert Joy, Mark Blum, Laurie Metcalf, Will Patton. A bored New Jersey housewife who fantasizes about the ads in the personal section of the newspaper want ads shows up at a rendezvous between two lovers. She gets bumped on the head, which leads to a case of amnesia and opens the door to intrigue and love. 103 min. DVD 7562
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Beach, Christopher. "Yuppies and Other Strangers: Class Satire and Culture Class in Contemporary Film Comedy." In: Class, language and American film comedy / Christopher Beach. Cambridge, U.K. ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2002. (Full text available online [UCB users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.C55 B43 2002]
Benson, Peter. "Screening Desire." Screen, 1990, Vol. 31 Issue 4, p377-389, 13p;
Fischer, Lucy. "The desire to desire: Desperately seeking Susan." In: Close viewings : an anthology of new film criticism / edited by Peter Lehman. Tallahassee : Florida State University Press ; Gainesville, FL : Orders to University Presses of Florida, c1990. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995 .C543 1990)
Fuchs, C. J. "Desperately seeking a subject: postmodern sexuality, Seidelman, and Madonna." In: Sexuality, the female gaze, and the arts : women, the arts, and society / edited by Ronald Dotterer and Susan Bowers. Selinsgrove [N.J.] : Susquehanna University Press ; London : Associated University Presses, c1992. (Main (Gardner) Stacks NX180.F4 S49 1992)
Hollinger, Karen. "The Female Friendship Film and Women's Development: Desperately Seeking Susan, Housekeeping, Mystic Pizza." In: In the company of women : contemporary female friendship films / Karen Hollinger. Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, 1998. (Full text available online (UC Berkeley users only); Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.W6 H66 1998)
Kael, Pauline. "Passion." In: State of the art / Pauline Kael. New York : Dutton, c1985. (Main (Gardner) Stacks; Moffitt; PFA PN1995 .K2527 1985)
Pye, Douglas. "Tone and Style: The Openings of 'Desperately Seeking Susan' and 'Strangers on a Train'." In:
Scanlon, Jennifer. ""If My Husband Calls I'm Not Here": The Beauty Parlor as Real and Representational Female Space." Feminist Studies. Summer 2007. Vol. 33, Iss. 2; pg. 308, 28 pgs UC users only
Shoos, Diane. "The Female Subject of Popular Culture." Hypatia Volume 7, Issue 2, pages 215-226, May 1992 UC users only
Shumway, David R. "Screwball comedies: constructing romance, mystifying marriage." Cinema Journal, 1991, Vol. 30 Issue 4, p7-23, 17p
Stacey, Jackie. "Desperately Seeking Difference." Screen (1987) 28(1) UC users only
Stratton, Jon. "Not really white - again: performing Jewish difference in Hollywood films since the 1980s." Screen; 2001, Vol. 42 Issue 2, p142-166, 25pUC users only
Vestrich, Roy M. "The Culture-Clash Comedies of the 1980s." In: Beyond the stars: Plot conventions in American popular film / edited by Paul Loukides and Linda K. Fuller. Bowling Green, Ohio : Bowling Green University Popular Press, c1990 Main (Gardner) Stacks; Moffitt PN1995.9.C36 B49 1990)
Watts, Mark. "Electrifying fragments: Madonna and postmodern performance." New Theatre Quarterly, (1996), 12:99-107
White, Mimi. "Representing romance: reading/writing/fantasy and the "liberated" heroine of recent Hollywood films." Cinema Journal, 1989, Vol. 28 Issue 3, p41-56, 16p UC users only

Betty Blue (37°2 le matin) (France, 1986)
Directed by Jean-Jacques Beineix. Cast: Jean-Hugues Anglade, Beatrice Dalle, Gérard Darmon, Consuelo De Haviland. Zorg was living a quiet and peaceful life until Betty, a beautiful, wild and unpredictable young woman, walks in. When Betty's wild manners start to get out of control, Zorg sees the woman he loves slowly going insane. Can his love prevail? Based on the novel by Philippe Djian. 105 min. DVD X3349
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Something Wild (1986)
Directed by Jonathan Demme. Cast: Jeff Daniels, Melanie Griffith. A mild-mannered, respectable Wall Street tax consultant thinks he's a closet rebel, until he meets a real one. Sexy, free-spirited and totally reckless, Lulu hijacks Charlie for an outrageous spree filled with offbeat sex, petty larceny and hilarious mayhem. But when Lulu's psychotic ex-con husband Ray puts the breaks on their joyride, Charlie suddenly realizes that his walk on the wild side may not only cost him his job and his girlfriend, but also his life. 114 min. DVD X4432
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Fatal Attraction (1987)
Directed by Adrian Lyne. Cast: Michael Douglas, Glenn Close, Anne Archer. A tension-packed thriller about a New York attorney who has a romantic fling while his wife is out of town, and then shrugs it off. But the woman involved with him won't be ignored, even if it means destroying his family to keep him. Special DVD features: Exclusive cast & crew interviews featuring director Adrian Lyne, actors Michael Douglas, Glenn Close and Anne Archer, producers Stanley Jaffe and Sherry Lansing, and writers Nicholas Meyer and James Dearden; featurette on the cultural phenomenon of "fatal attraction"; behind-the-scenes production featurette; alternate ending with introduction by Adrian Lyne; rehearsal footage; commentary by Adrian Lyne; theatrical trailer. 120 min. DVD 8337; vhs 999:2279
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Une Affaire de femmes (Story of women) (France, 1988)
Director, Claude Chabrol. Cast: Isabelle Huppert, Francois Cluzet, Marie Trintignant, Nils Tavernier. To survive Nazi-occupied 1940's France, Marie turns to illegally aborting pregnancies for a hefty fee. As her income increases, Marie moves her family to a posh apartment. Completely seduced by her lifestyle, Marie ignores her shell-shocked husband Paul. Things take a disastrous turn after one of Marie's "customers" dies and her husband turns her over to the authorities. Inspired by the real-life of Marie-Louise Girard, who was executed in 1943 by the Vichy Government, who'd declared abortion as a Crime Against the State because it diminished the number of potential soldiers. 108 min. DVD 7256
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Awards
Golden Globe Award - Best Foreign Language Film
National Board of Review, USA - Best Foreign Language Film
National Society of Film Critics - Best Foreign Language Film
New York Film Critics Association Awards - Best Foreign Language Film
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards - Best Foreign Language Film

36 fillette (France, 1988)
Directed by Catherine Breillat. Cast: Delphine Zentout, Etienne Chicot, Olivier Parni`ere, Jean-Pierre Leaud, Berta Dominquez D., Jean-Francois Stevenin. Lili, at fourteen, is literally busting out of her children's size dress. While on vacation with her family, she vows to lose her virginity and soon attracts the attention of a good looking, middle-aged playboy. With the skill of an adult and the naivete of a child, Lili seduces him. Her involvement with this older man and a chance encounter with a musician further her journey towards sexual awakening. 88 min. DVD 7171
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Heathers (1988)
Directed by Michael Lehmann. Cast: Winona Ryder, Christian Slater, Shannen Doherty, Lisanne Falk, Kim Walker, Penelope Milford. A black comedy about American high school life with two of the students killing off the jocks and cheerleaders who make life miserable for all the common ordinary kids in the school and making their deaths seem like suicide. 103 min. DVD 4038
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McKelly, James C. "Youth Cinema and the Culture of Rebellion: Heathers and the Rebel Archetype." In: Rebel without a cause : approaches to a maverick masterwork / J. David Slocum, editor. Albany : State University of New York Press, c2005. (Main PN1997.R365 S66 2005

I'm the One You're Looking For (Yo Soy el que Tú Buscas) (Austria / Spain 1988).
Directed by Jaime Chávarri. Through the exotic streets of Barcelona's underworld, the darker side of love and sexuality comes to life in this psychological thriller about a beautiful celebrity model seeking revenge from her rapist. Vengeful desire becomes an uncontrollable obsession when she teams up with a short-tempered taxi driver and a hot-blooded erotic dancer in her frantic search. 85 min. vhs 999:486
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Little Vera (Malenkaya Vera) (Soviet Union 1988)
Directed by Vasily Pichul. Cast: Natalya Negoda, Andrei Sokolov, Yuri Nazarov, Lyudmila Zajtseva, Aleksandr Negreba, Aleksandra Tabakova. The title character of the Russian Little Vera is a headstrong teenage girl, played by Natalya Negoda. To the dismay of her parents, Vera lives only for the moment, making no provision for her future. She'd rather hang out at local cafes in garish makeup and provocative clothing. A chance meeting with handsome student Sergei (Andrei Sokolov) develops into a sexual relationship. Her parents send out Vera's brother (Alexander Alexeyev-Negreba) to talk some sense into her. This proves doubly dicey when it turns out that the brother is an old acquaintance of the rebellious Sergei. Vera lies that she's gotten pregnant by Sergei, so he obligingly marries her and moves in with her family, which serves only to make matters worse. Vera's drunken father (Yuri Nazarov) ends up stabbing his son-in-law. Persuaded to lie about the incident to keep her father out of jail, Vera takes her family's side. A last-minute tragedy is barely averted, but we get the distinct feeling that Vera's problems with her family in particular and her life in general are far from over [synopsis from All-Movie Guide] 110 min. DVD 8369; vhs 999:379
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Cardullo, Bert. "Sexual Politics, European Style and the American Way." The Hudson Review. Spring 1990. Vol. 43, Iss. 1; p. 106
Eagle, Herbert. "The Indexicality of Little Vera and the End of Socialist Realism." Wide Angle: A Film Quarterly of Theory, Criticism, and Practice, vol. 12, no. 4, pp. 26-37, Fall 1990.
Gessen, Masha. "Sex in the media and the birth of the sex media in Russia." Genders; 1995, Issue 22, p197-228, 32p UC users only
Herbert J Eagle. "little Vera." The Russian Review. Jul 2004. Vol. 63, Iss. 3; pg. 523, 2 pgs
Horton, Andrew. "Little Vera." Film Quarterly, Vol. 42, No. 4 (Summer, 1989), pp. 18-21 UC users only
Isakava, Volha. "The body in the dark: body, sexuality and trauma in perestroika cinema." Studies in Russian & Soviet Cinema; 2009, Vol. 3 Issue 2, p201-214, 14p UC users only
Williamson, A. "Rubles of the game." Film Comment; Jan/Feb89, Vol. 25 Issue 1, p23, 3p UC users only

Kill Me Again (1989)
Directed by John Dahl. Cast: Val Kilmer, Joanne Whalley-Kilmer, Michael Madsen, Jonathan Gries. A down-and-out private eye is hired by a sexy femme fatale who seduces him, double crosses him, and then sets him up for trouble with the law, her ex-boyfriend, and the mob. 95 min. DVD 3774; vhs 999:2315
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Def by Temptation (1990)
Directed by James Bond III. Cast: Kadeem Hardison, Melba Moore, Bill Nunn, Samuel L. Jackson. Joel, a divinity student, finds himself in conflict with his calling. Needing to get away from his overprotective grandmother and southern hometown, he heads for New York City to visit his childhood friend "K". Once in New York, he meets the "Temptress," a seductive succubus who lures men to bed and kills them. "K" and Dougy, an undercover cop who has been tracking the woman for months, try to destroy the Temptress. But they both eventually fall prey to her curse leaving Joel alone to face destiny. 100 min. DVD 1150
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I, the Worst of All (Yo, la peor de todas) (Argentina, 1990)
Directed by María Luisa Bemberg. Cast: Assumpta Serna, Dominique Sanda, Hector Alterio, Lautaro Murua, Alberto Segado, Franklin Caicedo. This historical drama tells the story of Juana Ines de la Cruz, one of the greatest poets of the Spanish Siglo de Oro. In order to pursue her passion for writing, Juana enters the convent. There, she develops an intimate relationship with the local Vicereine, who inspires her poetry. But when the forces of the Inquisition invade the convent, the women have only each other to turn to. 107 min. DVD 1718; vhs 999:1347
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La Femme Nikita (France | Italy, 1990)
Directed by Luc Besson. Thriller about a street junkie who is picked up and recruited against her will for training in a secret government agency as a killer. In three years time she is transformed into a beautiful and sophisticated woman, and soon falls in love with a soft-spoken romantic. When she receives a call and is ordered to kill someone she has to fight against the trap of her double life. 117 min. DVD 5948; vhs 999:1922
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Misery (1990)
Director, Rob Reiner. Cast: James Caan, Kathy Bates, Frances Sternhagen, Richard Farnsworth. Suffering injuries from a car accident, novelist Paul Sheldon is taken in by his biggest fan, Annie Wilkes, whose care turns to torture when she dislikes his new book. Based on the novel by Stephen King. Special features: audio commentary by director Rob Reiner, audio commentary by screenwriter William Goldman, Misery loves company featurette, Marc Shaiman's musical Misery tour featurette, Diagnosing Annie Wilkes featurette, Advice for the stalked featurette, Profile of a stalker featurette, Celebrity stalkers featurette, Anti-stalking laws featurette. 107 min. DVD X2664
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Betty (France, 1991)
Directed by Claude Chabrol. Cast: Marie Trintignant, Stephane Audran, Jean-Francois Garreaud, Yves Lambrecht, Christiane Minazzoli, Pierre Vernier. Betty Etamble, a promiscuous and alcoholic woman who has lost her family, ends an evening at a bar and meets Laure, an elegant retiree who lives in a luxury hotel. Laure takes the girl under her wing, and gradually details of her sinister story unfold and evolves into a lethal game of cat and mouse. 105 min. DVD 6597
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She's Gotta Have It (1991)
Directed by Spike Lee. Cast: Tracy Camila Johns, Redmon Hicks, John Canada Terrell, Raye Dowell, Joie Lee. Nola and her three boy friends try to cope with the fact that she doesn't want to give up any of them. Video Disc special features: includes material censored from the original theatrical release; audio commentary by director Spike Lee, cinematographer, Ernest Dickerson and sound designer, Barry Brown; outtales; original theatrical trailer; She's Gotta Have It music video; still photographs with audio commentary by Spike Lee's brother and photographer, David Lee; memorabilia; NIKE advertisements featuring Spike Lee and Michael Jordan. Film soundtrack on digital tracks and analog track 1. A running commentary by Spike Lee, Ernest Dickerson, Barry Brown and Monty Ross is on analog track 2 and can be listened to separately while watching the film. 88 min. DVD X4882; vhs 999:3218
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Thelma and Louise (1991)
Directed by Ridley Scott. Cast: Susan Sarandon, Geena Davis, Harvey Keitel. Unhappy housewife Thelma and her wise-cracking waitress friend Louise decide to take a break from their lives. They embark on a trip that leads to a tragic incident at a roadside honky tonk. In an instant, their weekend getaway becomes just that as they flee across the American southwest with the police a step behind. 130 min. DVD 2505
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Awards

London Critics Circle Film Awards - Director of the Year; Actress of the Year (Susan Sarandon)
National Board of Review, USA - Best Actress (Susan Sarandon & Geena Davis)
National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA - Best Supporting Actor (Harvey Keitel)

Khouri, Callie. Thelma & Louise ; and, Something to talk about : screenplays / by Callie Khouri. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PS3561.H58 T48 1996)

L'Amant (The Lover) (France / UK / Vietnam, 1992)
Directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud. Cast: Jane March, Tony Leung, Frederique Meininger, Arnaud Giovaninetti, Melvil Poupaud. A poor French teenager embarks on a love affair with a wealthy Chinese man in 1929 French colonial Vietnam, defying the boundaries of age, race and class. From the novel by Marguerite Duras. 115 min. DVD 3697; vhs 999:2285
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Basic Instinct (1992)
Directed by Paul Verhoeven. Cast: Michael Douglas, Sharon Stone, George Ozundza, Jeanne Tripplehorn. "A former rock star, Johnny Boz, is brutally killed during sex, and the case is assigned to detective Nick Curran of the SFPD. During the investigation, Nick meets Catherine Tramell, a crime novelist who was Boz's girlfriend when he died. Catherine proves to be a very clever and manipulative woman, and though Nick is more or less convinced that she murdered Boz, he is unable to find any evidence. Later, when Nilsen, Nick's rival in the police, is killed, Nick suspects of Catherine's involvement in it. He then starts to play a dangerous lust-filled mind game with Catherine to nail her, but as their relationship progresses, the body count rises and contradicting evidences force Nick to start questioning his own suspicions about Catherine's guilt." [IMDB] 123 min. DVD 886
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Lady Chatterly (UK, 1992)
Director, Ken Russell. Cast: Joely Richardson, Sean Bean, James Wilby, Shirley Anne Field. When her paralyzed husband urges the repressed Lady Chatterley to find fulfillment and an heir for his fortune in the arms of another man, she embarks on a journey that changes her forever. 205 min. DVD 1771
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Terminator 2, Judgement Day (1992)
Directed by James Cameron. Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Robert Patrick, Joe Morton, Earl Boen, S. Epatha Merkerson, Danny Cooksey, Castulo Guerra, Edward Furlong. The Terminator is back with a mission requiring that he travel back in time. A lethal machine has been sent back through time to kill the boy destined to lead the freedom fighters of the future. The Termainator is sent to save the boy, assisted by the boy's mother, a woman warrior whose warnings of a world headed toward nuclear disaster go unheeded. 139 min. DVD 47; VHS 999:849
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The Age of Innocence (1993)
Directed by Martin Scorsese. Cast: Daniel Day-Lewis, Michelle Pfeiffer, Winona Ryder, Geraldine Chaplin, Michael Gough, Richard E. Grant, Mary Beth Hurt. A ravishing romance about three wealthy New Yorkers caught in a tragic love triangle, the ironically-titled story chronicles the grandeur and hypocrisy of high society in the 1870's. 138 min. DVD 3301; vhs 999:1214
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The Ballad of Little Jo (1993)
Directed by Maggie Greenwald. Cast: Suzy Amis, Bo Hopkins, Ian McKellen, David Chung, Rene Auberjonois, Carrie Snodgress. Based on a true story, this is the tale of Josephine Monaghan, a young woman of the mid-19th century who is thrown out of her parents' home after being seduced by the family's portrait photographer and giving birth to an illegitimate child. Josephine quickly learns that young, female, pretty, and alone are a bad combination for life in the wild west. In her desperation to survive, Josephine disguises herself as "Jo", a young man, and struggles to make a life for herself in a dingy frontier mining town. Can "Little Jo" live and love without revealing his/her secret? 122 min. DVD 2308
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Chen, Chiung Hwang. "Feminization of Asian (American) Men in the U.S. Mass Media: An Analysis of The Ballad of Little Jo." Journal of Communication Inquiry 1996 20(2): 57-71.
Modleski, Tania. "Our Heroes Have Sometimes Been Cowgirls: An Interview with Maggie Greenwald." Film Quarterly, vol. 49, no. 2, pp. 2-11, Winter 1995 UC users only
Modleski, Tania. "A Woman's Gotta Do ... What a Man's Gotta Do? Cross-Dressing in the Western." Signs, vol. 22, no. 3, pp. 519-44, Spring 1997 UC users only
Natharius, David; Dobkin, Bethami A. "Feminist Visions of Transformation in The Ballad of Little Jo, The Piano, and Orlando." Women and Language, vol. 25, no. 1, pp. 9-17, Spring 2002

The Last Seduction (1993)
Directed by John Dahl. Cast: Linda Fiorentino, Peter Berg, Bill Nunn, Bill Pullman. Bridget Gregory makes her husband Clay steal more than half a million dollars, and then steals it from him. Hiding out in a small town, she grabs the first man she sees, Mike, to keep her cover. When Clay tracks her down, she stands to lose everything unless she can use her sexual power over Mike to lead him to murder. 110 min. DVD 2011
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Heavenly Creatures(UK / Germany / New Zealand, 1994)
Directed by Peter Jackson. Cast: Melanie Lynskey, Kate Winslet, Sarah Peirse, Diana Kent, Clive Merrison, Simon O'Connor. Based on an actual crime, this is the true-life case of two teenage girls, Pauline Parker and Juliet Hulme, who were charged with clubbing to death Pauline's mother in Christchurch New Zealand in 1954. The film opens two years before the murder, and follows the friendship as the two become obsessed with each other, retreating into a fantasy life which leads to shocking consequences. 99 min. DVD 9177; vhs 999:1994
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Awards
London Critics Circle Film Awards - Director of the Year; British Actress of the Year (Kate Winslet)
Venice Film Festival - Silver Lion

Jeanne la Pucelle (France, 1994)
Directed by Jacques Rivette. For various film versions of the life of Joan of Arc, SEE Biopics

Serial Mom (1994)
Directed by John Waters. Cast: Kathleen Turner, Sam Waterston, Ricki Lake, Suzanne Somers. Beverly Sutphin is a seemingly perfect homemaker who will stop at nothing to rid the neighborhood of anyone who dares to make someone in her family feel bad. When she's not making obscene prank calls to the neighbors or bribing her garbagemen to save embarrassing items from her neighbors' trash, she's mowing down whoever would be so rude as to make her husband go into his office on a Saturday, break up with her daughter, or suggest that her son watches too many horror movies. As other slights befall her beloved family, the body count begins to increase, and the police get closer to the truth, threatening the family's picture perfect world. Special features: "Serial mom": surreal moments; The kings of gore: Herschell Gordon Lewis and David Friedman; The making of "Serial mom"; Feature commentary with director John Waters and star Kathleen Turner. 94 min. DVD X272
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Bandit Queen (1995)
Directed by Shekhar Kapu. Cast: Seema Biswas, Nirmal Pandey. A dramatization of the life story of the female dacoit, Phoolan Devi. Born of low caste in the Chambal River Valley of India, 11 year-old Phoolan is sold into marriage with a man 20 years her senior. Challenging her fate, she escapes and falls in with a pack of ruthless bandits but the political structure of the male-dominated gang comes with its own set of brutal humiliations, and Phoolan must struggle to rise above a culture determined to bring her down, in a bloody coup that electrified a nation. 119 min. vhs 999:1441
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Butterfly Kiss (UK, 1995)
Directed by Michael Winterbottom. Cast: Amanda Plummer, Saskia Reeves, Paul Brown Freda Dowie, Des McAleer, Ricky Tomlinson. When unpredictable and dangerous Eunice falls for sad and solitary Miriam who is hard of hearing, they take to the roads of grimy England. When Eunice turns out to be a sociopathic killer, can Miriam save her before she herself is ruined? 90 min. DVD 3616
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Dolores Claiborne(1995)
Directed by Taylor Hackford. Cast: Kathy Bates, Jennifer Jason Leigh, David Strathairn, Judy Parfitt, John C. Reilly, Eric Bogosian and Christopher Plummer. Eighteen years ago the town accused Dolores Claiborne of murdering her husband in cold blood. Now a woman lies dead and a witness finds Dolores standing over the body. Her daughter is the only one who can save her life and the only thing that stands between guilt and innocence is the evil secret that made the daughter run away ten years ago. Based on a book by Stephen King. 131 min. DVD X3371
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Tank Girl(1995)
Director, Rachel Talalay. Cast: Lori Petty, Ice-T, Naomi Watts, Malcolm McDowell. The year is 2033 and since a humongous meteor hit the earth, the world just hasn't been the same. A mega-villian, Kesslee, the leader of Water & Power, holds the world in his grasp since he controls all the water down to the last drop ... or so he thinks. Two colossal enemies stand in his way: the Rippers - an army of half-men/half-kangaroo people and Tank Girl - a chick with a tank and a ton of attitude, with a chip on her shoulder and a grenade in her pocket. 103 min. DVD 920
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To Die For(1995)
Directed by Gus Van Sant. Cast: Nicole Kidman , Joaquin Phoenix, Casey Affleck, Illeana Douglas, Matt Dillon. In a small town in New Hampshire, a media sensation erupts over a murder case against Suzanne Stone. She is accused of persuading teenagers to kill her husband, Larry Maretto. Obsessed with becoming a TV personality, she views her husband's desire for children as an impediment to her career. 107 min. DVD 1186
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Bound (1996)
Directed by Andy Wachowski and Larry Wachowski. Cast: Jennifer Tilly, Gina Gershon, Joe Pantoliano, John Ryan. This thriller tells the story of a gangster's moll and her tough lesbian, ex-con lover who steal $2 million in loot from the former's brutish lover and must then flee for their lives in the seedy, crime-filled city. -- Sandra Brennan [All Movie Guide] 108 min. DVD X1071; vhs 999:1908
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La Cérémonie (1996)
Directed by Claude Chabrol. Cast: Isabelle Huppert, Sandrine Bonnaire, Jacqueline Bissett, Jean Pierre Cassel. An eccentric housekeeper for a wealthy French family and her boisterous postal worker friend unleash a vicious rampage against the bourgeois family. 111 min. DVD 2889; vhs 999:2192
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Awards
César Awards, France - Best Actress (Isabelle Huppert)
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards - Best Foreign Film
National Society of Film Critics - Best Foreign Language Film
Venice Film Festival - Best Actress (Isabelle Huppert); Best Actress (Sandrine Bonnaire)

I Shot Andy Warhol. (1996)
Directed by Mary Harron. Cast: Lili Taylor, Jared Harris, Stephen Dorff, Lothaire Bluteau, Martha Plimpton, Anna Thompson. A docudrama of the cultural whirlwind of events surrounding Valerie Solanas' shooting of pop-art superstar Andy Warhol. Solanis arrived in mid- 60's New York City with a single-minded mission: to spread the word on female superiority. She became a fringe member of the psychedelic entourage surrounding Andy Warhol but when her feminist zeal grew too bizarre and violent, even for this avant-garde circle, the consequences were explosive. 104 min. DVD 8552; vhs 999:1600
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Glaessner, Verina. "Yo, la peor de todas (I, the Worst of All)." Sight & Sound, Nov91, Vol. 1 Issue 7, p56-57, 2p
Pick, Zuzana M. "An interview with Maria Luisa Bemberg." Journal of Film & Video, 1992/93, Vol. 44 Issue 3/4, p76-82, 7p UC users only
Williams, Bruce. "A Mirror of Desire: Looking Lesbian in Maria Luisa Bemberg's I, The Worst of All." Quarterly Review of Film and Video, Volume 19 Issue 2 2002 UC users only

Irma Vep (France, 1996)
Directed by Olivier Assayas. Cast: Maggie Cheung, Jean-Pierre Leaud, Nathalie Richard. Aging director Henri Vidal has decided to film a remake of the legendary silent serial, Les vampires, in hopes of making a comeback. Vidal chooses Cheung to play Irma Vep, the leader of a band of jewel thieves. Arriving in Paris unable to speak a word of French, Cheung finds herself stuck in the middle of a stressful situation when the production begins to fall apart and Vidal suffers a nervous breakdown. 95 min. DVD 4136
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The Last Dance (1996)
Directed by Bruce Beresford. Cast: Sharon Stone, Rob Morrow, Randy Quaid, Peter Gallagher, Jack Thompson. A story of a woman on Death Row and the one man fighting to save her. Cindy Liggett (Stone) is a convicted killer facing imminent execution until a young lawyer, Rick Hayes, becomes convinced her case doesn't warrant the death penalty. 103 min. DVD X3353
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The Portrait of a Lady (UK | USA, 1996)
Director, Jane Campion. Cast: Nicole Kidman, John Malkovich, Barbara Hershey, Mary-Louise Parker, Martin Donovan, Shelley Winters, Richard Grant, Shelley Duvall, Christian Bale, Viggo Mortensen,Valentina Cervi, John Gielgud. Isabel Archer is a young woman of daring independence and equally fierce desires. But her head-strong innocence is no match for the manipulations of her duplicitous friend Madame Merle and the devious Gilbert Osmond. Based on the novel by Henry James. 144 min. DVD 714; vhs 999:1755
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A Summer in La Goulette (Halq al-Wadi; Un été à la Goulette) (Tunisia / France / Belgium, 1996)
Director, Férid Boughedir. Cast: Sonia Mankaï, Ava Cohen-Jonathan, Sarah Pariente, Mustapha Adouani, Guy Nataf, Gamil Ratib, Claudia Cardinale. Youssef is a Muslim, Jojo is Jewish and Giuseppi is an Italian Catholic, and they are best of friends until each of their daughters swears to lose their virginity by a certain date. To make matters worse, each daughter sets her sights on a boy of a different religion, thus challenging an inviolable taboo and causing a rift between their fathers. As the families resolve their differences, the Six Day War breaks out in the Middle East, which will divide Jews and Arabs the world over. 100 min. DVD X2510
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Welcome to the Dollhouse (1996)
Directed by Todd Solondz. Cast: Heather Matarazzo, Brendan Sexton, Jr., Matthew Faber, Eric Mabius, Daria Kalinina, Angela Pietropinto. Eleven-year-old Dawn "Wienerdog" Wiener is a junior high geek who just wants to be popular. Teased by her classmates and tormented by the school bully, Dawn develops an improbable plan to seduce the star of a high-school garage band. 87 min. DVD 621
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Cross, Alice. "Surviving adolescence with dignity: an interview with Todd Solondz." Cineaste Summer 1996 v22 n3 p24(3) UC users only

Artemisia (France / Germany / Italy, 1997)
Directed by Agnès Merlet. Cast: Michel Serrault, Valentina Cervi, Miki Manojlovic, Brigitte Catillon, Maurice Garrel, Emmanuelle Devos. Tells the provocative true story of the beautiful and talented daughter of one of Italy's greatest painters. When Artemisia Gentileschi is forbidden to fully pursue her own passion of painting, she convinces a renowned artist to tutor her. He not only liberates her into the world of art but initiates her into the world of sex and love. 96 min. DVD 6109
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Charbonnier, J. M. "Identifications d'une femme: Artemisia Gentileschi." [profile of the 17th century artist and film by Agnes Merlet]. Beaux Arts Magazine no. 160 (September 1997) p. 82-7
Felleman, Susan. "Dirty Pictures, Mud Lust, and Abject Desire: Myths of Origin and the Cinematic Object." Film Quarterly 55:1 (Fall 2001) p. 27-40 UC users only
Garrard, M. D. "Artemisia's trial by cinema." [film about A. Gentileschi]. Art in America v. 86 no. 10 (October 1998) p. 65+
Lent, Tina Olsin. "'My heart belongs to daddy': the fictionalization of Baroque artist Artemisia Gentileschi in contemporary film and novels." Literature-Film Quarterly 34.3 (July 2006): 212(7).UC users only
Vidal, B. "Feminist Historiographies and the Woman Artist's Biopic: The Case of Artemisia." Screen, vol. 48, no. 1, pp. 69-90, Spring 2007 UC users only

Jackie Brown (1997)
Directed by Quentin Tarantino. Cast: Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster, Bridget Fonda, Michael Keaton, Robert De Niro, Michael Bowen, Hattie Winston, Chris Tucker. A stewardess, a street-tough gun runner, a lonely bail bondsman, a shifty ex-con, a stoned-out beach bunny and an earnest federal agent converge in a quest for a missing half million dollars. Based on the book Rum punch by Elmore Leonard Special features: [Disc 1] Quentin Tarantino introduction; soundtrack chapters, enhanced trivia track. [Disc 2] "Jackie Brown: how it went down", documentary; "A look back at Jackie Brown", interview with Quentin Tarantino; Chicks with guns video; Deleted and alternate scenes; Siskel & Ebert reviewJackie Brown on MTV; theatrical trailers; TV spots; still galleries; reviews & articles; filmographies; Robert Forster movie trailers; Pam Grier movie trailers; Pam Grier radio spots. 154 min. DVD X3588
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Praise (Australia, 1998)
Directed by John Curran. Cast: Peter Fenton, Sacha Horler. This comedy from Australia looks at the frustrations of Cynthia, a nymphomaniac, as she tries to have an affair with Gordon, a phlegmatic poet. Cynthia is pining for sex, but Gordon cannot get excited. Based on the novel by Andrew McGahan. 98 min. DVD X6524
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Cruel Intentions (1999)
Directed by Roger Kumble. Cast: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe and Reese Witherspoon, Selma Blair, Louise Fletcher. After ruining the reputation of an unsuspecting classmate, the sparks fly when Kathryn poses the ultimate challenge to her insatiable stepbrother Sebastian: to deflower the headmaster's beautiful, virgin daughter Annette. If he fails, Kathryn gets his most prized possession, but if he succeeds, Sebastian gets to possess and bed Kathryn. 97 min. DVD 71
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Brigine E Humbert. "Cruel intentions: Adaptations, teenage movie or remake?" Literature/Film Quarterly. 2002. Vol. 30, Iss. 4; p. 279 (8 pages) UC users only

Esmeralda Comes By Night (De noche vienes, Esmeralda) (Mexico, 1997)
Directed by Jaime Humberto Hermosillo. Cast: Maria Rojo, Claudio Obregon, Martha Navarro, Pedro Armendariz, Jr., Alberto Estrella, Ignacio Retes, Humberto Pineda. The story of Esmeralda, a nurse who is happily married to five husbands. As Esmeralda is about to marry husband number six, she is charged with bigamy. During her interrogation and detention, she reveals her spellbinding charm. 107 min. DVD 6110
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The Matrix series (1999-)
Featuring Carrie Moss as the kick-ass character Trinity. See Science Fiction Films

The Messenger (France, 1999)
Directed by Luc Besson. For various film versions of the life of Joan of Arc, SEE Biopics

Romance (France, 1999)
Directed by Catherine Breillat. Claiming he loves her, but that he has lost his desire for her, Marie's boyfriend, Paul, refuses to engage in sexual relations, catapulting Marie into a desperate search for intimacy and erotic fulfillment. 98 min. DVD 871
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2000 - present

Baise-moi (Rape Me) (2000)
Directed and written by Virginie Despentes and Coralie Trinh Thi. Cast: Raffaela Anderson, Karen Bach. Manu is violently raped by a group of savage young thugs. Nadine, a tough-skinned prostitute, sells her body but refuses to give up her soul. Chance unites them and together they embark on a twisted rage-filled road trip of sex and murder. A vividly nihilist road movie set in France, controversial for its violence and real sex scenes. 77 min. DVD 1834
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Ghost World (2001)
Directed by Terry Zwigoff. Cast: Thora Birch, Scarlett Johansson, Brad Renfro, Bob Balaban, Illeana Douglas, Steve Buscemi. Two recent high school graduates wreak havoc on all who cross their paths, until an oddball loner looking for Miss Right comes into their lives. These social misfits learn the hard way that life after high school gets even weirder than they thought it would be. Based on the comic book by Daniel Clowes. Special features: making-of Ghost World featurette; deleted and alternate scenes; rare "music video" from the Bollywood film Gumnaam (1965), showcasing Mohammed Rafi's "Jaan Pehechaan Ho". 111 min. DVD 1478
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G.I. Jane (2000)
Director, Ridley Scott. Cast: Demi Moore, Viggo Mortensen, Anne Bancroft, Jason Beghe, Scott Wilson. Lieutenant O'Neil is the first woman ever given the opportunity to earn a place in the armed forces' most highly skilled combat unit--the elite Navy SEALs. But the already brutal rigors of training camp turn into an unimaginable test of courage and determination once it becomes clear that no one--powerful politicians, top military brass or her male Navy SEAL teammates--wants her to succeed. 125 min. DVD X1721
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Ginger Snaps (2000)
See Horror Films/Werewolves

Girlfight (2000)
Director, Karyn Kusama. Cast: Michelle Rodriguez, Jamie Tirelli, Paul Calderon, Santiago Douglas. Diana Guzman is always fighting, whether at home in the housing projects with her abusive dad or at high school. She finds a new outlet for her anger at her brother's boxing gym. With hard-core training from veteran boxing coach Hector, Diana learns she has the guts and talent to be a contender. 110 min. DVD X891; vhs 999:3117
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Awards
Sundance Festival: Grand Jury Prize - Dramatic Work
Cannes Film Festival - Award of the Youth / Foreign Film

À Ma soeur (The Fat Girl) (France, 2001)
Directed by Catherine Breillat. Cast: Anais Reboux, Roxane Mesquida, Libero de Rienzo, Arsinee Khanjian, Romain Goupil, Laura Betti. A daring and provocative exploration of the complexities of sexual awakening involving 12-year-old Anais. With her family on holiday by the sea, she yearns for the experience of first love. However, she experiences it by proxy when her beautiful older sister, Elena gets involved with an older boy. Soon Elena's naive hopes of romance will be shattered setting a chain of events in motion that will shatter her family forever. Non-US format DVD. 83 min. DVD 2646
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Benzina (Gasoline) (Italy, 2001)
Directed by Monica Strambrini. Cast: Mariella Valentini, Chiara Conti, Marco Quaglia, Pietro Ragusa, Osvaldo Livio Alzari, Luigi Maria Burruano. Stella and Eleonora are from opposite ends of the social spectrum, but in love. When Eleonora's mom is killed by accident, the two must flee and dispose of the body in order to stay together. 90 min. DVD 4465
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Harris, Sue. "Gasoline" Sight and Sound 14:1 (January 2004) Issue p. 44 UC users only
Lucamante, Stefania. "Road Movies and Gas Stations: Monica Stambrini Benzina as Creation of Alternative Spaces." Quaderni D'italianistica, 2008, Vol. 29 Issue 2, P111-134, 24pUC users only

Betty Fisher et autres histoires (Alias Betty) (France / Canada, 2001)
Directed by Claude Miller. Cast: Sandrine Kiberlain, Nicole Garcia, Mathilde Seigner, Luck Mervil, Edouard Baer, Stephane Freiss, Yves Jacques, Roschdy Zem. Betty is a best selling novelist who has invented her name to escape a troubled past made worse by her emotionally unstable and violent mother. When her young son is killed in an accident, her mother brings her a "replacement", a boy she kidnapped off the street. 98 min. DVD 3893
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La Pianiste (Klavierspielerin; The Piano Teacher) (Germany / Poland / France / Austria, 2001)
Director, Michael Haneke. Cast: Isabelle Huppert, Annie Girardot, Benoît Magimel. The story of Erika, a middle-aged classical piano instructor who is trapped between her rigid passion for music and her suffocating home life. She escapes her life with nightly voyeuristic wanderings and self-inflicted masochistic experiments. 125 min. DVD 1684; DVD 7710 (dubbed German soundtrack)
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Awards
Cannes Film Festival: Grand Prize

Satan Was a Lady (2001)
Directed by Doris Wishman. Cast: Honey Lauren, Glyn Styler, Edge Hans Lohl, Laudet Torres. A melodrama that descends with a hell-bent spiral about a whore who longs for a touch of mink and a way out no matter what... Special features: Wishman unadulterated (behind the scenes) ; Glyn Styler solos ; filmography. 85 min. DVD 8224
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Bowen, Michael J. "Embodiment and Realization: The Many Film-Bodies of Doris Wishman." Wide Angle 19.3 (1997) 64-90 UC users only
Luckett, Moya. "Sexploitation as Feminine Territory: The Films of Doris Wishman." In: Defining cult movies : the cultural politics of oppositional taste / edited by Mark Jancovich ... [et al.]. Manchester, UK ; New York : Manchester University Press : Distributed exclusively in the USA by Palgrave, 2003. (Main Stack PN1995.9.S284.D44 2003)
Modleski, Tania. "Women's Cinema as Counterphobic Cinema: Doris Wishman as the Last Auteur." In: Sleaze artists : cinema at the margins of taste, style, and politics Jeffrey Sconce, ed. Durham : Duke University Press, 2007. (MAIN: PN1995.9.S284 S64 2007)
Quarles, Mike. "Doris Wishman: How Did a Nice Girl Like You End Up in a Book Like This?" In: Down and dirty : Hollywood's exploitation filmmakers and their movies Jefferson, NC : McFarland, c1993. (Main Stack PN1998.2.Q37 1993)

8 femmes (France | Italy, 2002)
Directed by François Ozon. Cast: Danielle Darrieux, Catherine Deneuve, Isabelle Huppert, Emmanuelle Béart, Fanny Ardant, Virginie Ledoyen, Ludivine Sagnier, Firmine Richard. A wealthy industrialist is found murdered in his home while his family gathers for the holiday season. The house is isolated and the phone lines have been found to be cut. Eight women are his potential murderers. Each is a suspect and each has a motive. Only one is guilty. Based on the play Huit femmes by Robert Thomas. 111 min. DVD X3409
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Chicago (2002)
Directed by Rob Marshall. Cast: Renee Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Richard Gere, Queen Latifah, John C. Reily, Lucy Liu, Taye Diggs, Christine Baranski. Music, John Kander: lyrics, Fred Ebb: original score music, Danny Elfman. In this dazzling musical set at a time when crimes of passion result in celebrity headlines, nightclub sensation Velma Kelly and spotlight-seeking Roxie Hart both find themselves on Chicago's famed Murderess Row. They also share Billy Flynn, the town's slickest lawyer with a talent for turning notorious defendants into local legends. Based on the musical play Chicago, directed and choreographed for the stage by Bob Fosse. 113 min. DVD 1850
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Awards

Academy Award - Best Picture
Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards - Best Picture
Directors Guild of America, USA - Best Director
Golden Globe Awards, USA - Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy

Roxie Hart

Civil Brand (2002)
Directed by Neema Barnette. Cast: LisaRaye, N'Bushe Wright, Monica Calhoun, Clifton Powell, Mos Def, Tachina [i.e., Tichina] Arnold, Lark Voorhies, Reed McCants, MC Lyte, Da Brat. Frances Shepherd has been sent to the "pen" for killing her abusive husband. After being abused, violated and persecuted by the prison warden, the women from the cellblock rise up and revolt against the injustices of the penitentiary and the "new plantation" workplace that harvests human labor for big-time profit. 91 min. DVD X3358
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Femme Fatale (2002)
Directed by Brian De Palma. Cast: Antonio Banderas, Rebecca Romijn-Stamos, Peter Coyote, Eriq Ebouaney, Thierry Fremont, Edouard Montoute, Rie Rasmussen, Gregg Henry. An alluring seductress is suddenly exposed to the world, including her enemies, by a voyeuristic photographer who becomes ensnared in her surreal quest for revenge. Special features: Three featurettes explore Brian De Palma's film: "From dream to reality"--discussing the director and cinematographer's approach in creating the film's look,"Dream within a dream"--explores the filmmaker's process and his influence and "Femme fatale: dressed to kill" a montage ; behind the scenes ; two theatrical trailers (French and North American). 115 min. DVD 9968
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Satin Rouge (France | Tunisia, 2002)
Directed by Raja Amari. Cast: Hiam Abbass, Hend el Fahem, Maher Kammoun, Monia Hichri. A Tunisian widow embarks on a journey of self-discovery when she investigates a suspected liaison between her headstrong teenaged daughter and a cabaret musician, and is drawn into the world of cabaret belly dancers and nocturnal pleasure-seekers. 95 min. DVD 1769
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Secretary (2002)
Directed by Steven Shainberg. Cast: James Spader, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jeremy Davies, Patrick Bauchau, Stephen McHattie, Oz Perkins, Jessica Tuck, Amy Locane, Lesley Ann Warren. Lee Holloway has a few strikes against her when she applies for a secretarial position at the law office of E. Edward Grey. At first the work seems quite normal, but soon, in between typing, filing and coffee making, Lee and Mr. Grey embark on a more personal relationship and her role eventually turns into a sexual, sadomasochistic one. Based on the story "Bad Behavior" by Mary Gaitskill. 111 min. DVD X7258
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Anatomie de l'Enfer (Anatomy of Hell) (France, 2003)
Directed by Catharine Breillat. Cast: Amira Casar, Rocco Siffredi. A man rescues a woman from a suicide attempt in a gay nightclub. Walking the streets together, she propositions him: She'll pay him to visit her at her isolated house for four consecutive nights. There he will silently watch her. He's reluctant, but agrees. As the four nights progress, they become more intimate with each other, and a mutual fascination/revulsion develops. By the end of the four-day "contract", these two total strangers will have had a profound impact on each other. Based on Breillat's novel, Pornocratie. 80 min. DVD 7170
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Buongiorno, notte (Good Morning, Night) (Italy, 2003)
Directed by Marco Bellocchio. Cast: Maya Sansa, Luigi Lo Cascio, Robert Herlitzka, Paolo Briguglia, Pier Giorgio Bellocchio, Giovanni Calcagno. A young woman, Chiara, moves into a new apartment with her husband. She conceals her true identity as a member of the Red Brigades, Italy's terrorist underground, which is currently planning to kidnap the Prime Minister. Based upon true events in 1978, the kidnapping and murder of Italy's former Prime Minister Aldo Moro. 103 min. DVD 5557
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Kill Bill, Vol. 1 (2003)
Directed by Quentin Tarantino. Cast: Cast: Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu, Vivica A. Fox, Michael Madsen, Daryl Hannah, David Carradine, Sonny Chiba, Chiaki Kuriyama, Gordon Liu, Michael Parks. Four years after taking a bullet in the head at her own wedding, the bride emerges from a coma and decides it's time for payback ... with a vengeance. Having been gunned down by her former boss and his deadly squad of international assassins, it's a kill-or-be-killed fight. She didn't start this deadly series of events, but she is determined to finish the business. 111 min. DVD 3545
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Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life(2003)
Director, Jan De Bont. Cast: Angelina Jolie, Gerard Butler, Noah Taylor, Ciaran Hinds, Djimon Hounsou, Til Schweiger, Christopher Barrie. Archaeologist and explorer Lara Croft journeys to a temple in Greece, sunken underwater that leads to a sphere that contains the mythical Pandora's Box, only to have it stolen from her by Chen Lo, the leader of a Chinese crime syndicate, who's in league with a villain named Reiss who wants to use the Box as a doomsday weapon. Facing her greatest challenges yet, the intrepid tomb raider pursues Lo, in order to get her hands back on Pandora's Box, and fulfill the desire of the Queen. 130 min. DVD 4389
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Thirteen (2003)
Directed by Catherine Hardwicke. Cast: Holly Hunter, Evan Rachel Wood, Nikki Reed, Jeremy Sisto, Brady Corbet, Deborah Kara Unger, Kip Pardue, Sarah Clarke, D.W. Moffett. Los Angeles teenager and overachiever Tracy is an excellent student in her seventh grade class and gets along well with her mother, Melanie. She fears that she's not cool enough to be friends with Evie, the most popular girl in school. Fueled with adolescent energy, Tracy follows Evie's lead into the harsh realities of sex, drugs, and hard-edged adventure. Consumed with temptations and conflicting desires, Tracy loses her good-girl identity, greatly affecting her relationship with her mom. 100 min. DVD 2266

Awards
Sundance Film Festival - Directing Award, Dramatic

Karlyn, Kathleen Rowe. "Film as Cultural Antidote: Thirteen and the Maternal Melodrama." Feminist Media Studies, vol. 6, no. 4, pp. 453-68, December 2006UC users only

Kill Bill, Vol. 2 (2004)
Directed by Quentin Tarantino. Cast: Uma Thurman, David Carradine, Lucy Liu, Vivica A. Fox, Michael Madsen, Daryl Hannah. The Bride continues on her deadly pursuit of her former partners in the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad, who, in a furious assult, attempted to murder her on her wedding day. As the Bride faces off against allies-turned-nemeses Budd and Elle, she flashes back to the day of her deadly wedding. We learn how she was recruited and trained and about her relationship with Squad leader Bill. 137 min. DVD 3546
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Vera Drake (UK, 2004)
Directed by Mike Leigh. Cast: Imelda Staunton, Phil Davis, Peter Wight, Alex Kelly, Daniel Mays, Adrian Scarborough, Heather Craney, Eddie Marsan, Ruth Sheen, Sally Hawkins, Fenella Woolgar, Lesley Sharp, Anthony O'Donnell, Jim Broadbent. Vera Drake tells of a woman in 1950s England who is devoted to caring for her family, but secretly aids women who want to terminate unwanted pregnancies. When the authorities find her out, Vera's world and family life rapidly unravel. 125 min. DVD 3721
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AeonFlux (2005)
Directed by Karyn Kusama. Cast: Charlize Theron, Marton Csokas, Jonny Lee Miller, Sophie Okonedo, Pete Postlethwaite, Amelia Warner, Caroline Chikezie, Paterson Joseph, Frances McDormand. 400 years in the future, after a virus kills off 99% of the world population, only one city on Earth remains. Ruled by the Goodchild dynasty, it is a perfect society of peace and prosperity - except that its citizens keep mysteriously disappearing. A secret agent/assassin/warrior has been given the mission to bring down the regime. But as she goes deeper into her mission, Aeon uncovers some shocking secrets that put the mission, not to mention her life, in danger. 92 min. DVD 7521
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Hard Candy (2005)
Directed by David Slade. Cast: Patrick Wilson, Ellen Page, Sandra Oh, Jennifer Holmes. Hayley, a smart, charming teenage girl, probably shouldn't be going to a local coffee shop to meet Jeff, a 30-something fashion photographer she met on the Internet. But before she knows it, she's mixing drinks at Jeff's place and stripping for an impromptu photo shoot. It's Jeff's lucky night. But Hayley isn't as innocent as she looks. The night takes a turn when, suspecting Jeff of pedophilia, Hayley begins to impose a hard-hitting investigation on him. Special features: optional audio commentary with Slade & Nelson; optional audio commentary with Wilson & Page; 7 "Creating 'Hard candy'" featurettes (ca. 45 min. total); "Controversial confection : the soul of 'Hard candy'" featurette (9 min.); 6 deleted and extended scenes (11 min. total); theatrical trailer (3 min.). 105 min. DVD X3457
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Lady Vengeance (Chinjeolhan geumjassi) (South Korea, 2005)
Directed by Chan-wook Park. Cast: Lee Young-ae, Choi Min-shik, Oh Gwang-rok, Oh Dal-soo. After being wrongfully convicted of a crime, a young woman is imprisoned for 13 years and forced to give up her daughter. Upon her release, she sets in motion an elaborate plan of retribution. 112 min. DVD 7591
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Imagine Me and You (2005)
Directed by Ol Parker. Cast: Piper Perabo, Lena Headey, Matthew Goode, Darren Boyd, Anthony Head. A blushing bride's nuptials take a surprising turn at the altar, when an innocent glance between her and a female guest sparks a love at first sight romance. She is soon forced to choose between her husband and the girl of her dreams. 93 min. DVD 6143
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The Notorious Bettie Page(2005)
Directed by Clint Eastwood. Cast: Gretchen Mol, Chris Bauer, Jared Harris, Sarah Paulson, Cara Seymour, David Strathairn, Lili Taylor. Bettie Page grew up in a conservative religious family in Tennessee and became a photo model sensation in 1950s New York. Bettie's legendary pin-up photos made her the target of a Senate investigation into pornography, and transformed her into an erotic icon who continues to enthrall fans to this day. Bonus features: Audio commentary with Gretchen Mol, writer/director Mary Harron and writer Guinevere Turner; an inside look at the "Pin-up queen of the universe"; theatrical trailer; presenting Bettie Page: a provocative performance, starring Bettie herself. Director of photography, Mott Hupfel ; editor, Tricia Cooke ; music by, Mark Suozzo ; costume designer, John Dunn ; production designer, Gideon Ponte. 90 min. DVD 6467
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Bingham, Dennis. "The Notorious Bettie Page: Free will and God's Will." In: Whose Lives Are They Anyway?: The biopic as contemporary film genre / Dennis Bingham. New Brunswick, NJ : Rutgers University Press, 2010. (Full-text available online [UC Berkeley users only])

The Irving Klaw Classics. Vol. l, The Bettie Page Films DVD 7524

Transit Café (Border Café) (Iran / France, 2005)
Directed by Kambuzia Partovi. Cast: Fereshteh Sadre Orafaei, Parviz Parastoei, Nikolas Papadopolous, Svieta Mikhalishina, Vanchos Constantin, Esmaiel Soltanian, Jafar Vahabpour. An independently-minded Iranian widow and mother flouts tradition by re-opening her late husband's Europe/Asia border café in this socially-oriented drama from director Kambozia Partovi. In the wake of her husband's death, Reyhan (Fereshtei Sadre Orafaei) longs to re-open her late spouse's café despite rigid social standards that explicitly discourage her from doing so. Isolated from her friends and neighbors for her headstrong efforts to get the business back on her feet, Reyhan also faces pressure from her conservative brother-in-law Nasser (Parviz Parastoei) -- who longs to take Reyhan as his second wife as permitted by custom. Despite Nasser's vengeful efforts to break Reyhan's spirit and put her out of business, Reyhan's culinary skills soon begin drawing a healthy clientèle that includes kindly Greek trucker Zakariyo (Nikolas Padapopoulis); whose relationship with the determined restaurateur may provide an exit from her current crisis 105 min. DVD X3604
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Notes on a Scandal (2006)
Directed by Richard Eyre. Cast: Judi Dench, Cate Blanchett, Bill Nighy. Barbara is a cynical schoolteacher who is close to retirement. Sheba is a younger, attractive woman, who joins the faculty as an art teacher. Barbara watches her from afar and has nothing but caustic things to say, but she finds herself reaching out to Sheba. Sheba responds by inviting her to dinner at her house to meet Sheba's lecturer husband and their two children. Later, when Barbara discovers that Sheba is having a sexual relationship with a 15-year old student, Barbara realizes that knowledge of this secret gives her power over Sheba which she can use for her own purposes. The tenuous relationship between the two women reaches a crisis point when Barbara's cat is dying and she asks Sheba to go with her to the vet. Sheba chooses to go with her family to see their son in a play instead. In revenge, Barbara sets in motion the scandal that will rock both their lives in ways they never imagined. Special features: Commentary by director, featurette, conversation with Cate Blanchett and Bill Nighy, in character with Cate Blanchett. 92 min. DVD 7375
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She's the Man(2006)
Director, Andy Fickman. Cast: Amanda Bynes, Channing Tatum, Laura Ramsey, Vinnie Jones, Robert Hoffman, Alex Breckenridge, Julie Hagerty, David Cross. Viola becomes furious when she learns that her high school, Cornwall, has just cut the girl's soccer team. So furious, in fact, that she takes advantage of her twin brother Sebastian skipping town for a few weeks to take his place at his school, Illyria, so she can join the soccer team there. But her disguise as her brother leads to major complications when she falls in love with her soccer-playing roommate and the girl he's in love with falls in love with "Sebastian." Based on the play "Twelfth night" by William Shakespeare. Special features: Director's commentary ; deleted scenes ; gag reel ; three in-depth featurettes ; music video "Let go" by Daivd Lichens ; pop-up video (a.k.a. trivia track). 105 min. DVD 8784
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Cheang, Wai Fong. "A Crossdressed Judith Shakespeare? Reconceptualizing the Representation of Women's Predicaments in Three Contemporary Shakespeare-related Movies." Wenshan Review of Literature and Culture, vol. 2, no. 2, pp. 71-103, June 2009
Dorwick, Keith. "Boys Will Still Be Boys: Bisexuality and the Fate of the Shakespearean Boy Actress on Stage and Screen." Journal of Bisexuality; 2007, Vol. 7 Issue 1/2, p71-88, 17p

The Brave One (USA | Australia, 2007)
Directed by Neil Jordan. Cast: Jodie Foster, Terrence Howard, Nicky Katt, Naveen Andrews, Mary Steenburgen. New York City radio host Erica Bain is working and living a wonderful life. One night she and her fiancé, David, are brutally attacked. David is killed and Erica is almost beaten to death. Erica is traumatized and in order to cope and work past the tragic event, Erica becomes someone else. She buys a gun and begins to roam the streets at night looking to take her revenge on the men who were responsible for the attack. The city becomes fascinated with the exploits of this vigilante killer, but NYPD Detective Mercer is trying to catch her, before she strikes again. Special featues: "I walk the city" (Director Neil Jordan crafts a movie that pays homage to the vigilante film genre, and turns it on its head) ; Intimate and moving additional scenes. 122 min. DVD X3365
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Deathproof (2007)
Directed by Quentin Tarantino. Cast: Kurt Russell, Rosario Dawson, Vanessa Ferlito, Jordan Ladd, Rose McGowan, Sydney Poitier, Tracie Thoms, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Zoe Bell, Michael Parks. A deranged stuntman stalks and kills victims from the safety of his killer car, but when he picks on the wrong group of babes, all bets are off. These girls prove harder to get, and because of a combination of bad luck and Stuntman Mike's carelessness, the girls decide to turn the tables on their tormentor for revenge of their own. 127 min. DVD 8643
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Lust, Caution (Se, jie) (USA / China / Taiwan / Hong Kong, 2007)
Directed by Ang Lee. Cast: Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Wei Tang, Joan Chen, Lee-Hom Wang, Chung Hua Tou. Set Japanese-occupied Shanghai, a young woman finds herself swept up in a radical plot to assassinate a ruthless and secretive intelligence agent. As she immerses herself in her role as a cosmopolitan seductress, she becomes entangled in a dangerous game of emotional intrigue, love and betrayal. Bonus feature: "Tiles of deception, lurid affections" featurette. 159 min. DVD 9937
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Awards
Venice Film Festival - Golden Lion

Teeth (2007)
Directed by Directed by Mitchell Lichtenstein. See Horror Films

The Duchess (UK / Italy / France, 2008)
Director, Saul Dibb. Cast: Keira Knightley, Ralph Fiennes, Charlotte Rampling, Dominic Cooper, Hayley Atwell, Simon McBurney. Chronicles the life of 18th century aristocrat Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire (1757 - 1806) who was reviled for her extravagant political and personal life. A vibrant beauty and celebrity of her time, Georgiana is trapped in an unhappy marital triangle with her husband and his live-in mistress. She falls passionately in love with Earl Grey, an ambitious young politician, and the affair causes a bitter conflict with her husband and threatens to erupt into a scandal. Now she must face an agonizing choice between her hopeless but passionate love affair or her responsibilities as a duchess. Special features: How far she went-- making The Duchess; Georgiana in her own words; Costume diary. Based on the book "Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire" by Amanda Foreman. 109 min. DVD X964
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Easy Virtue (UK | Canada, 2008)
Directed by Stephan Elliott. Cast: Jessica Biel, Colin Firth, Kristin Scott Thomas, Ben Barnes, Kris Marshall, Katherine Parkinson, Christian Brassington, Charlotte Riley, Jim McManus, Pip Torrens. John Whittaker is a young Englishman who falls madly in love with Larita, a sexy, glamorous American woman. The two impulsively decide to get married. He takes her home to meet his family, she arrives like a blast from the future. John's mother takes an instant disliking to Lairta and undermines her every move. But Larita will blow their entrenched British stuffiness right out the window. Based on the play by Noel Coward. 96 min. DVD X2297
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The Girl Who Played With Fire (Flickan som lekte med elden) (Sweden | Denmark | Germany, 2010)
Directed by Daniel Alfredson. Cast: Michael Nyqvist, Noomi Repace, Annika Hallin, Lena Endre, Peter Andersson. Lisbeth Salander is a wanted woman. A researcher and a Millennium journalist about to expose the truth about the sex trade in Sweden are brutally murdered, and Salander's prints are on the weapon. Her history of unpredictable and violent behavior makes her an official danger to society. Digging deeper, Blomkvist unearths evidence implicating highly placed members of Swedish society, as well as shocking details about Salander's past. Based on the novel by Stieg Larsson. 129 min. DVD X5012
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Streetwalkers, Hustlers, Call Girls and Courtesans in the Movies

U.S. Films
Foreign Films
Male Hustlers and Gigolos

Bahn-Coblans, Sonja. "'You Pays Yer Money and You Takes Yer Choice': Women Prostitutes in American Films of the Last Thirty Years." In: Women in search of literary space / edited by Gudrun M. Grabher and Maureen Devine. Tubingen : G. Narr, c1992. (Main Stack PN481.W657 1992)
Bell-Williams, Melanie. "Shop-soiled' Women: Female Sexuality and the Figure of the Prostitute in 1950s British Cinema." Journal of British Cinema & Television, 2006, Vol. 3 Issue 2, p266-283, 18p UC users only
Campbell, Russell. "'Fallen woman' prostitute narratives in the cinema." Screening the past, Issue 8, 1999,
Campbell, Russell. Marked women : prostitutes and prostitution in the cinema. Madison : University of Wisconsin Press, c2006. (Main Stack PN1995.9.P76.C36 2006; PFA PN1995.9.P76.C36 2006)
Campbell, Russell. "Prostitution and film censorship in the USA ", Screening the past, Issue 2, 1997,
Campbell, Russell. "RKO's Fallen Women: 1930-1933." The Velvet Light Trap 10 (Fall 1973) p. 13 UC users only
Davidson, David. "From Virgin to Dynamo: The "Amoral Woman" in European Cinema." Cinema Journal, 21:1 (1981:Fall) p.31 UC users only
Fishbein, Leslie. "The Fallen Woman As Victim in Early American Film: Soma Versus Psyche." Film and History, 17:3 (1987:Sept.) p.50 UC users only
Fishbein, Leslie. "The Harlot's Progress in American Fiction and Film, 1900-1930." Women's Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, vol. 16, no. 3-4, pp. 409-27, 1989
Jacobs, Lea. The wages of sin Streetwalkers, Hustlers, Call Girls and Courtesans in the Movies : censorship and the fallen woman film, 1928-1942 / Lea Jacobs. Madison, Wis. : University of Wisconsin Press, c1991. [Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.62 .J3 1991]
Jaehne, Karen "Hooker" (films about prostitution) Film Comment v 23 May/June 1987. p. 25-32
Simmons, Jerold L. "The Production Code and Precedent: Or, How Hollywood's Censors Sought to Eliminate Brothels and Prostitutes in From Here to Eternity and East of Eden." Journal of Popular Film and Television, vol. 20, no. 3, pp. 70-80, Fall 1992

U.S. Films (by Title)

Anna Christie (1930)
Directed by Clarence Brown. Cast: Greta Garbo, Charles Bickford, George F. Marion, Marie Dressler. Gretta Garbo made her landmark transition to the new era, playing a former prostitute whose past may ruin her chance for happiness. A different director and cast join Garbo in a German-language version included on Side B which was filmed on the same soundstage immediately after the English version. Special features (Side B): German language version with subtitles in English (85 min.) Based on Eugene O'Neill's play "Anna Christie"; adapted by Frances Marion. 89 min. DVD 7551; vhs 999:2521
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Baker, Aaron. "Fallen Women Complain About a Raw Deal." In: American cinema of the 1930s : themes and variations / edited by Ina Rae Hark. New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, c2007. (Full text available online (UCB users only); Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.U6 A85735 2007)
Campbell, Russell. Marked women : prostitutes and prostitution in the cinema. Madison : University of Wisconsin Press, c2006. (Main Stack PN1995.9.P76.C36 2006; PFA PN1995.9.P76.C36 2006)
Holmberg, Arthur. "Fallen Angels at Sea: Garbo, Ullman, Richardson, and the Contradictory Prostitute in Anna Christie." Eugene O'Neill Review, vol. 20, no. 1-2, pp. 43-63, Spring 1996

Anna Lucasta (1930)
Directed by Arnold Laven. Cast: Eartha Kitt, Sammy Davis, Jr., Frederick O'Neal, Rex Ingram, James Edwards, Henry Scott. When wild child Anna Lucasta is thrown out of the house by her self-righteous father, she falls into a life of prostitution ... and into the arms of street-wise sailor Danny Johnson. But after Anna shocks them all by finally finding true love with a well-heeled young suitor, her unforgiving father sets a vengeful plan in motion to remind his daughter of her sordid past and destroy her future forever! Based on the play by Philip Yordan. 97 min. DVD X1971
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The Balcony (1963)
Director: Joseph Strick. Cast: Shelley Winters, Peter Falk, Leonard Nimoy and Lee Grant. Madame Irma runs a brothel of illusion where ordinary people play out their dreams, while outside a revolution is in progress. The police chief sees the brothel as a rallying point against the revolution, while at the same time the leader of the revolution seeks refuge in the brothel, posing as the police chief. Adapted from the play Balcon by Jean Genet. 87 min. DVD 8353; vhs 999:378
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Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)
Directed by Blake Edwards. Cast: Cast: Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard, Patricia Neal, Buddy Ebsen, Martin Balsam, Vilallonga, John McGiver, Mickey Rooney. Holly Golightly is an eccentric New York City playgirl determined to marry a Brazilian millionaire. Her next-door neighbor, a writer, is "sponsored" by a wealthy patroness. Guessing who's the right man for Holly is easy; seeing how romance blossoms reveals the enduring popularity of the film. 114 min. DVD 936
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Cornut-Gentille, Chantal. "Who's Afraid of the Femme Fatale in Breakfast at Tiffany's? Exposure and Implications of a Myth." In: Gender, I-deology : essays on theory, fiction and film / edited by Chantal Cornut-Gentille D'Arcy and José Angel García Landa. Amsterdam ; Atlanta : Rodopi, 1996. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN56.F46 G46 1996)
Krämer, Peter "The Many Faces of Holly Golightly: Truman Capote, "Breakfast at Tiffany's" and Hollywood." Film Studies 5 (Winter 2004) p. 58-65 UC users only

Butterfield 8 (1960)
Directed by Daniel Mann. Cast: Elizabeth Taylor, Laurence Harvey, Eddie Fisher, Mildred Dunnock, Betty Field, Dina Merrill. A high-class call girl in New York and a socially prominant man fall in love. However, he can't forget her past and she resents his distrust, so they battle their emotions and each other, leading to a powerful and explosive climax. Based on the novel by John O'Hara. 110 min. DVD 7551
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Camille (1921)
Directed by Ray C. Smallwood. Cast: Alla Nazimova and Rudolph Valentino. Life in 1847 Paris is as spirited as champagne and as unforgiving as the gray morning after. In gambling dens and lavish soirees, men of means exert their wills and women turned courtesans exult in pleasure. Special features include the 1921 silent version of the film starring Allan Nazimova and Rudolph Valention. 128 min. DVD 4281
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Camille (1936)
Directed by George Cukor. Cast: Greta Garbo, Robert Taylor, Lionel Barrymore, Elizabeth Allan, Jessie Ralph. A French courtesan with a passion for life and romance sacrifices her happiness to prove her love for a young man whose family disapproves of their relationship. From the play and novel by Alexander Dumas. 109 min. DVD 4281; vhs 999:3492
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The Cheyenne Social Club (1970)
Directed by Gene Kelly. Cast: James Stewart, Henry Fonda, Shirley Jones, Sue Ane Langdon, Elaine Devry. Saddle-weary Texan cowboys are surprised to find they've inherited a Wyoming brothel and must defend it against a gun-wieding gang. 102 min. DVD 6171
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Dangerous Beauty (1997)
Directed by Marshall Herskovitz. Cast: Catherine McCormack, Rufus Sewell, Oliver Platt, Moira Kelly, Fred Ward, Jacqueline Bisset. A dramatization of the life of Vernica Franco, tells the true story of the woman, a poet and courtesan, who used looks, wit and seduction to defy the conventions of 16th century Venice. 112 min. DVD 4895
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Dev.D (India, 2009)
Directed by Anurag Kashyap. Cast: Abhay Deol, Kalki Koechlin, Mahie Gill. Dev who, after spurning Paro's love due to a misunderstanding, turns to drugs and vodka for solace. Paro moves on but Dev still is in remorse. He meets Chanda, a prostitute with problems of her own. Dev likes her but his penchant for self-destruction prevents him and Chanda from truly getting together. He also meets sleazy people like Chunni, Chanda's pimp who drags Dev further into self-destruction to further his own needs. 144 min. DVD X5080
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The Dirty Girls(1964)
Director, Radley H. Metzger. Cast: Reine Rohan, Denise Roland, Marlene Sherter, Peter Parten. A visually elegant look at the friendship between a pair of European prostitutes showing the many exploits of Garance in Paris and Monique, the fantastic "woman of ten thousand pleasures," in Munich. 82 min. DVD 6357
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Morris, Gary. "Radley Metzger on DVD." Bright Lights November 2002 | Issue 38 UC users only
Morris, Gary. "Thoughts on Radley Metzger." Bright Lights November 2002 | Issue 38 UC users only
Testa, Bart. "Soft-Shaft Opportunism: Radley Metzger's Erotic Kitsch." Spectator - The University of Southern California Journal of Film and Television 19:2 (Spring-Summer 1999) p. 40-57 p. 40-57 UC users only

Escort Girl(1941)
Director, Eddie Kaye. Cast: Betty Compson, Margaret Marquis, Bob Kellard, Wheeler Oakman, Guy Kingsford, Isabel Lamal, Arthur Houseman. Betty Compson and Wheeler Oakman run an escort bureau. Betty's daughter has been educated elsewhere and does not know about her mother's business. She is about to marry a socialite, Bob Kellard, who is investigating the escort bureau racket. 62 min. DVD X531
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Faces (1968)
Directed by John Cassavetes. Cast: John Marley, Gena Rowlands, Lynn Carlin, Fred Draper, Seymour Cassel, Val Avery. "Faces, released in 1968, is the story of a middle-aged businessman, Richard "Dickie" Forst (John Marley), whose marriage to Maria (Lynn Carlin) has gone sour. One night after work, Richard and a colleague (Fred Draper) visit the home of a prostitute, Jeannie (Gena Rowlands). The three of them dance and drink and carry on for a few hours, after which Dickie returns home to his wife. They have dinner, then argue, and he heads out to spend the night with Jeannie while his wife visits a go-go club with some girlfriends and picks up a sexy young hustler named Chet (Seymour Cassel). Stripped to its bones, Faces is the elegantly simple story of two equal and opposite betrayals: Over the course of a night, Dickie will cheat on Maria with Jeannie, while she returns the favor by sleeping with Chet." 94 min. DVD 2991; DVD 422; VHS 999:1397
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Foxy Brown (1974)
Directed by Jack Hill. Cast: Pam Grier, Peter Brown, Terry Carter, Kathryn Loder, Harry Holcombe, Antonio Fargas. Foxy Brown finally has found the love of her life, an undercover narcotics investigator who is later murdered in cold blood. In order to find the killers, she goes undercover as a call girl in this urban vigilante drama about drugs, prostitution, political corruption and family meltdown. 94 min. DVD 485; VHS 999:1648
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Holmlund, Chris. "Wham! Bam! Pam! Pam Grier as Hot Action Babe and Cool Action Mama." Quarterly Review of Film and Video Volume 22, Number 2/April-June 2005UC users only
Reel knockouts : violent women in the movies / edited by Martha McCaughey and Neal King. 1st ed. Austin : University of Texas Press, 2001. (Main Stack PN1995.9.W6.R454 2001)
Schubart, Rikke. "Godmother" of Them All: The Rise and Fall of Pam Grier" In: Super bitches and action babes : the female hero in popular cinema, 1970-2006 Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., c2007. (MAIN: PN1995.9.W6 S363 2007)

Frisco Jenny (1932)
Directed by William A. Wellman. Cast: Ruth Chatterton, Louis Calhern. Jenny was orphaned by the 1906 earthquake and fire and has gone on to become the madame of a prosperous bawdy house. After putting her son up for adoption, he becomes a district attorney dedicated to closing down such houses. She kills an underling who wants her son dead and is now facing execution. Special features: Commentary on "Midnight Mary" by historians Jeffrey Vance and Tony Maietta; S.S. Dine detective short "The studio murder mystery;" vintage Pete Smith short "Goofy movies #1;" classic cartoon "Bosko's parlor pranks;" theatrical trailers. 70 min. DVD X1427
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Gambling with Souls(1936)
Director, Elmer Clifton.. Cast: Martha Chapin, Wheeler Oakman, Bryant Washburn, Gay Sheridan, Vera Steadman, Ed Keane, Robert Frazer, Gaston Glass, Florence Dudley, Eddie Laughton. A young housewife longs for the finer things in life, things she thinks her husband cannot or will not provide her. Looking for some excitement and a way to get the things she wants, the housewife turns to frequenting shady bars and gambling. When the crooked gambling operator cheats the woman into a large debt, he forces her into prostitution to pay off her losses. 70 min. DVD X531; also DVD X971
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Gigi (1958)
Directed by Vincente Minnelli. Cast: Leslie Caron, Maurice Chevalier, Louis Jourdan, Hermione Gingold, Eva Gabor, Jacques Bergerac, Isabel Jeans. The musical story of a French girl groomed to be a courtesan, but who blossoms into a lady. Screenplay and lyrics, Alan Jay Lerner: music, Frederick Loewe. 117 min. DVD 618; VHS 999:746
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Awards & Honors
Academy Award - Best Picture; Best Director
Directors Guild of America, USA - Outstanding Directorial Achievement
Golden Globe Awards, USA - Best Motion Picture - Musical; Best Director
National Film Registry Selection

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The Goddess (Shen nü) (China, 1934)
Directed by Yonggang Wu. Cast: Ruan Lingyu, Li Keng, Zhang Zhizhi. A young woman can only support and educate her son by working as a prostitute in 1930s Shanghai. One of the rare films of famed Chinese star Ruan Lingyu. 74 min. DVD 5995
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Girl of the Night (1960)
Directed by Joseph Cates. Cast: Anne Francis,Lloyd Nolan, Kay Medford, John Kerr, Arthur Storch, James Broderick. "... a sympathetic portrait of a young girl raised in a loveless home who drifts into a life of prostitution. Friendless and lonely, she's an easy target for her boozed-up madam and sadistic pimp ... until a compassionate doctor helps her unlock the secrets of her past and gain a sense of self-worth. Based upon "The call girl" by Harold Greenwald. 91 min. DVD X6339
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The Girlfriend Experience (2008)
Directed by Steven Soderbergh. Cast: Sasha Grey, Chris Santos, Philip Eytan. A drama set in the days leading up to the 2008 Presidential election, and centered on a high-end Manhattan call girl meeting the challenges of her boyfriend, her clients, and her work. 78 min. DVD X2164
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I Am a Sex Addict (2005)
Directed by Caveh Zahedi. Cast: Caveh Zahedi, Rebecca Lord, Emily Morse, Amanda Henderson. "In the moments before his third marriage, Caveh Zahedi looks into the camera and flashes back to a vividly disturbing yet poignant story of his long obsession with prostitutes and how that obsession has served to destroy his previous marriages and relationships. Can Caveh overcome his addiction and finally succeed in a relationship?" [IMDB] 114 min. DVD 6515
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Insect Woman (Nippon konchu-ki) (Japan, 1963)
Directed by Shohei Imamura. Cast: Hidari Sachiko, Kishi Teruko, Sasaki Sumie, Nagato Hiroyuki, Harukawa Masumi. Portrays 45 years in the life of a woman and her struggles to survive. The story progresses from her life as a country girl to her years as a successful and ruthless madam in Tokyo and back again to her native village. Special features: Conversation between Imamura and Tadao Sato about the film ; interview with Tony Rayns ; booklet essay by Dennis Lim. 123 min. DVD X1630
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Intentions of Murder (Akai satsui) (1964)
Directed by Shohei Imamura. Cast: Harukawa Masumi, Nishimura Akira, Tsuyuguchi Shigeru, Kato- Yoshi, Kitamura Kazuo. Sadako is a typical Imamura heroine: one who revels in the pleasures of food, labor, sex, and self-preservation. Carrying the burden of her status as a lowly, poor, prostitute-birthed commoner wife, Sadako is subjected to an escalating series of belittlement both at home and in society. Special features: Conversation between Imamura and critic Tadao Sato ; interview with Tony Rayns ; booklet essay by James Quandt. 150 min. DVD X1632
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Irma La Douce (1963)
Directed by Billy Wilder. Cast: Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, Lou Jacobi, Bruce Yarnell, Herschel Bernardi. Nestor, business manager for a proud and profitable lady of the streets, unexpectedly falls in love with her. But she is in love with Nestor-in-disguise, who is playing the part of an elderly English nobleman. 143 min. DVD 1761
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Klute (1971)
Directed by Alan J. Pakula. Cast: Jane Fonda, Donald Sutherland, Roy Scheider, Charles Cioffi, Dorothy Tristan, Rita Gam. A small-town policeman comes to New York in search of a missing friend, and during his investigation meets and falls in love with a call girl who is being stalked by a vicious psychotic killer. 114 min. DVD 3312
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The Ladies of the Bois de Boulogne (Les Dames du Bois de Boulogne) (France, 1944)
Directed by Robert Bresson. Cast: Cast: Maria Casarès, Paul Bernard, Elina Labourdette, Lucienne Bogaert, Jean Marchat. Realizing that her lover (Jean) is losing interest in her, a society lady (Hélène) gets revenge by tricking him into marrying a former prostitute (Agnès). After the wedding Helene tells a stunned Jean about his wife's secret past, but the ending has more than one surprise twist. This is a modernized but fairly faithful adaptation of the story of Madame de La Pommeraye from Denis Diderot's novel Jacques le Fataliste. 83 min. DVD 2476; VHS 999:1342
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Powers, John. "Les Dames du Bois de Boulogne." (Review) Film Comment v35, n3 (May, 1999):38.UC users only

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Leaving Las Vegas (1995)
Directed by Mike Figgis. Cast: Nicolas Cage, Elisabeth Shue, Julian Sands. Ben Sanderson, an alcoholic Hollywood screenwriter whom lost everything because of his drinking, arrives in Las Vegas to drink himself to death. There, he meets and forms an uneasy friendship and non-interference pact with prostitute Sera. 112 min. DVD 5035
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Fried, John. "Leaving Las Vegas." Cineaste 22:1 (April 1996) p. 64 UC users only
Nick James. "Intoxication." Sight and Sound 7:2 (February 1997) p. 26-28UC users only
Piano, Doreen. "Leaving Las Vegas: Reading the Prostitute as a Voice Abjection." In: Exclusions in feminist thought : challenging the boundaries of womanhood / edited by Mary Brewer. Brighton ; Portland, Or. : Sussex Academic Press, 2002. (Main Stack HQ1206.E98 2002)
Stenberg, Douglas. "'A Kind of View Into the Other Side of Time': Echoes Of Dostoevsky's Notes From Underground in Leaving Las Vegas." Literature Film Quarterly, 2000, Vol. 28 Issue 3, P214, 8p UC users only
Thomson, David. "The hole you're in." Film Comment; Nov/Dec95, Vol. 31 Issue 6, p36, 4pUC users only

The Mack (1973)
Directed by Michael Campus. Cast: Max Julien, Don Gordon, Richard Pryor, Carol Speed, Roger E. Mosley, William C. Watson, George Murdock, Dick Williams, Juanita Moore, Paul Harris, Hernandez, Kai, Annazette Chase, Sandra Brown, Junero Jennings, Lee Duncan, Stu Gilliam, David Mauro, Christopher Brooks, John Vick, Norma McClure, Fritz Ford, Robert Munk, Frank Ward, Ted Ward, Willie Ward, Andrew Ward, Roosevelt Taylor, Jay Payton, the Sisters Love, the Ballads, the Uptights. Goldie returns from five years at the state pen and winds up king of the pimping game. Trouble comes in the form of two corrupt white cops and a crime lord who wants him to return to the small time. 110 min. DVD 6295; vhs 999:1807
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Mad Youth(1940)
Director, Melville Shyer. Cast: Mary Ainslee, Betty Compson, Willy Castello, Betty Atkinson, Tommy Wonder. A divorced mother and her teenaged daughter lead equally wild lifestyles. The mother hires gigolos to escort her around town and the daughter hosts drinking and stripping parties while mother is away. Complications come up for mother and daughter when they both find themselves seeing the same man and the daughter ends up falling into a prostitution ring while trying to visit her friend. 76 min. DVD X531; also DVD X971
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Marked Woman (1937)
Directed by Lloyd Bacon. Screenplay: Robert Rossen. Cast: Bette Davis, Humphrey Bogart, Lola Lane, Isabel Jewell, Eduardo Ciannelli, Jane Bryan, Rosalind Marquis, Mayo Methot, Allen Jenkins, John Litelben Welden, Henry O'Neill. A crusading prosecutor uses a prostitute to indict mobster Johnny Vanning. Inspired by the real-life saga of prostitutes whose testimony put Lucky Luciano behind bars. Special features : New featurette : Marked woman : ripped from the headlines -- 2 classic cartoons : Porky's hero agency ; She was an acrobat's daughter -- Theatrical trailer. 96 min. DVD 7585
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Campbell, Russell. Marked women : prostitutes and prostitution in the cinema. Madison : University of Wisconsin Press, c2006. (Main Stack PN1995.9.P76.C36 2006; PFA PN1995.9.P76.C36 2006)
Eckert, Charles W. "The Anatomy of a Proletarian Film: Warner's "Marked Woman"" Film Quarterly, Vol. 27, No. 2 (Winter, 1973-1974), pp. 10-24 UC users only
Haralovich, Mary Beth. "The Proletarian Woman's Film of the 1930s: Contending with Censorship and Entertainment." Screen, vol. 31, no. 2, pp. 172-187, 1990 Summer
Kay, Karyn. "Sisters of the Night." Velvet Light Trap: A Critical Journal of Film & Television; Fall72 Issue 6, p20-25, 6p,
Neve, Brian. "The Screenwriter and the Social Problem Film, 1936-38: The Case of Robert Rossen at Warner Brothers." Film and History 14:1 (Feb. 1984) p. 2 UC users only

McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971)
Directed by Robert Altman. Cast: Warren Beatty, Julie Christie, Rene Auberjonois, Hugh Millais, Shelly Duvall. "What many consider to be Robert Altman's best film is a western, set in some wild, frozen corner of the Northwest Territory, where somehow there exists the shanty town of Presbyterian Church. And an itinerant, bluffing gambler named John McCabe (Warren Beatty). And a professional whore and realist named Mrs. Miller (Julie Christie) with whom McCabe has both a business relationship and something akin to love. And a host of miners and prostitutes whose mumbled reveries and half-expressed movements reflect the tenuousness of life in a precariously built town barely able to protect them from the changing seasons (superbly captured by Vilmos Zsigmond's photography) and politics. It's a western, but an Altman western, filled with Altman humor, Altman moods and Altman absurdities. When McCabe goes out to face the mining company's hired guns, it's morning, not High Noon, and Mrs. Miller, the realist, has already retreated to the sure indifference of the opium pipe"--Pacific Film Archive film note. 121 min. DVD 1275; vhs 999:419
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Midnight Mary (1933)
Directed by William A. Wellman. Cast: Loretta Young, Ricardo Cortez, Franchot Tone, Andy Devine, Una Merkel. A young woman is on trial for murder. In flashback, we learn of her struggles to overcome poverty as a teenager -- a mistaken arrest and prison term for shoplifting and lack of employment lead to involvement with gangsters. In a brothel, she meets a young lawyer, scion of a wealthy and prestigious family, who falls for her and helps her turn around her life. But her past catches up with her, and she must face the music rather than cause him scandal. 74 min. DVD X1427
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Mighty Aphrodite (1995)
Directed by Woody Allen. Cast: F. Murray Abraham, Woody Allen, Claire Bloom, Helena Bonham Carter, Olympia Dukakis, Michael Rapaport, Mira Sorvino, David Ogden Stiers, Jack Warden, Peter Weller. In this comic feature a sportswriter tries to track down the mother of his adopted son and discovers she is a prostitute and pornographic film star. 95 min. DVD 107
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Monika (Sommaren med Monika)(Sweden, 1953)
Directed by Ingmar Bergman. Cast: Harriet Andersson (Monika), Lars Ekborg (Harry). A promiscuous girl and young boy leave the city to spend an idyllic summer. Monika, 17 years old and Harry Lund 19 years meet in a cafe. They spend a happy summer together, and soon Monika discovers that she is pregnant. They marry, but Monika is bored with taking care of the baby and the responsibilities of married life. She begins an affair with a former lover and their marriage falls apart. 82 min. DVD X4809; vhs 999:227
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Monster (2003)
Written and directed by Patty Jenkins. Cast: Charlize Theron, Christina Ricci, Bruce Dern, Lee Tergesen, Annie Corley, Marco St. John, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Scott Wilson. Based on the true story of Aileen Wuornos, a prostitute who was executed in 2002 for the brutal murders of at least 6 men in Florida. Homeless in Florida, down to her last five dollars and pondering suicide, she stopped into a bar for a beer where she meets Selby, who becomes her lesbian lover. One night, after a man attacks her, Aileen pulls a gun and kills the man. Aileen's loathing for the men who pay her for sex becomes so extreme that she begins killing her customers regardless of their behavior. 109 min. DVD 2752
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Awards

Academy Award - Best Actress (Charlize Theron)
Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards - Best Actress (Charlize Theron)
Golden Globes - Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama (Charlize Theron)
National Board of Review, USA - Best Breakthrough Performance by an Actress (Charlize Theron)
National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA - Best Actress (Charlize Theron)
San Francisco Film Critics Circle - Best Actress (Charlize Theron)

Doherty, Thomas. "Aileen Wuornos: Superstar." Cineaste, vol. 29, no. 3, pp. 3-5, Summer 2004 UC users only
Ginsberg, Terri. "Lesbian violence: as fascist crusade in monster." Genders, 2006, Issue 43 UC users only
Horeck, Tanya. "From documentary to drama: capturing Aileen Wuornos." Screen, Summer2007, Vol. 48 Issue 2, p141-159, 19p; DOI: 10.1093/screen/hjm012; (AN 26061254) UC users only
"The Making of a Monster." Journal of Feminist Family Therapy; 2004, Vol. 16 Issue 1, p83-85, 3p
Miller, Jody. "Monster? Portraits of a Female 'Serial Killer.'" PsycCRITIQUES, Vol 49 (Suppl 7), 2004 UC users only
Quart, Leonard. "Monster." Cineaste 29:2 (Spring 2004) UC users only
Steele, Bruce C. "The making of a Monster." (cover story) Advocate; 3/2/2004 Issue 909, p34-45, 9p UC users only

Naked Kiss(1964)
Directed by Samuel Fuller. Cast: Constance Towers, Anthony Eisley, Michael Dante, Virginia Grey. Kelly, a prostitute, shows up in the town of Grantville, where she engages in a tryst with sheriff Griff, who then tells her to get out of town. Instead, she decides to give up her illicit lifestyle, and becomes involved in working with handicapped children. Griff doesn't trust her, and continues trying to run her out of town. Kelly falls in love with Grant, scion of the town's founding family and Griff's best friend. Just as Griff begins to believe that Kelly may be on the level, a murder and perversion scandal threaten to destroy Kelly's new life [from Internet Movie Database]. DVD 1079; vhs 999:495
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Fuller, Samuel. A Third face : my tale of writing, fighting and filmmaking / Samuel Fuller with Christa Lang Fuller and Jerome Henry Rude. New York : Alfred A. Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 2002. (Main Stack PN1998.3.F85.A3 2002)
Garnham, Nicholas. Samuel Fuller. New York, Viking Press [1972, c1971] ( MAIN: PN1993 .C45 v.15 [another edition]; MOFF: PN1998.A3 F843 1972)
Hardy, Phil. Samuel Fuller. [New York] Praeger [1970] (MAIN: PN1998.A3F845 H3; MOFF: PN1998 A3 F845)
Sanjek, David. 'Torment Street between Malicious and Crude': Sophisticated Primitivism in the Films of Samuel Fuller. Literature/ Film Quarterly, vol. 22 no. 3. 1994. pp: 187-94.
Server, Lee. Sam Fuller : film is a battleground : a critical study, with interviews, a filmography, and a bibliography Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, c1994. (MAIN: PN1998.3.F85 S47 1994)

Party Girl (1930)
Directed by Victor Halperin. Cast: Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Jeannette Loff, Judith Barrie, John St. Polis, Sammy Blum. A daring dramatization of the secret, inner workings of an escort service. Miss Lindsey runs a party girl racket, sending poor girls to make quick money servicing the impulses of rich men. 61 min. DVD X971
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Pretty Baby (1978)
Directed by Louis Malle. Cast: Keith Carradine, Susan Sarandon, Brooke Shields, Frances Faye, Antonio Fargas, Matthew Anton, Diana Scarwid, Barbara Steele, Seret Scott, Cheryl Markowitz, Susan Manskey, Laura Zimmerman, Miz Mary, Gerrit Graham, Mae Mercer. A dramatization of a historical figure, the noted New Orleans photographer, E. J. Bellocq. He becomes obsessed with filming the prostitutes in New Orleans' red-light district, circa 1917, and is bewitched by the naive coquettishness of a twelve-year-old child prostitute. 109 min. DVD 2153; vhs 999:3149
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Hirschman, Elizabeth C.; Stern, Barbara B. "Women As Commodities: Prostitution as Depicted in The Blue Angel, Pretty Baby, and Pretty Woman." Advances in Consumer Research, 1994, Vol. 21 Issue 1, p576-581, 6p; UC users only

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Pretty Woman(1999)
Director, Garry Marshall. Cast: Richard Gere, Julia Roberts, Ralph Bellamy. When successful corporate mogul Edward Lewis meets independent and carefree Vivian Ward, their two lives are worlds apart. But Vivien's energetic spirit challenges Edward's no-nonsense, business-minded approach to life, sparking an immediate attraction. He teaches her the finer things of life -- she teaches him that love could be the best investment he ever made. 119 min. DVD X2532
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Cooks, Leda M.; Orbe, Mark P.; Bruess, Carol S. "The Fairy Tale Theme in Popular Culture: A Semiotic Analysis of Pretty Woman." Women's Studies in Communication, vol. 16, no. 2, pp. 86-104, Fall 1993
Greenberg, Harvey Roy. "Rescrewed: Pretty Woman's Co-opted Feminism." Journal of Popular Film and Television, vol. 19, no. 1, pp. 9-13, Spring 1991
Hirschman, Elizabeth C.; Stern, Barbara B. "Women As Commodities: Prostitution as Depicted in The Blue Angel, Pretty Baby, and Pretty Woman." Advances in Consumer Research, 1994, Vol. 21 Issue 1, p576-581, 6p; UC users only
Kelley, Karol. "A Modern Cinderella." Journal of American Culture, Volume 17, Issue 1 (p 87-92) UC users only
Knight, Deborah; McKnight, George. "Whose Genre Is It, Anyway? Thomas Wartenberg on the Unlikely Couple Film." Journal of Social Philosophy, Summer2002, Vol. 33 Issue 2, p330-338, 9p UC users only
Miner, Madonne. "No matter what they say, it's all about money." Journal of Popular Film & Television; Spring92, Vol. 20 Issue 1, p8, 7p UC users only
O'Sullivan, Jane. "Virtual Metamorphoses: Cosmetic and Cybernetic Revisions of Pygmalion's 'Living Doll'." Arethusa, vol. 41, no. 1, pp. 133-156, Winter 2008 UC users only
Radner, Hillary. "Pretty is as Pretty Does: Free Enterprise and the Marriage Plot." In: Film theory goes to the movies / edited by Jim Collins, Hilary Radner, and Ava Preacher Collins. New York : Routledge, 1993. (Main Stack PN1994.F43915 1993; Moffitt PN1994.F43915 1993)
Rosenbaum, J.
"Meat, John, Dough: Pretty Woman." In: Essential cinema : on the necessity of film canons / Jonathan Rosenbaum. Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004. (Full text available online (UC Berkeley users only); Print: Main Stack; Moffitt; PFA PN1994.R5684 2004)
Scala, Elizabeth. "Pretty Women: The Romance of the Fair Unknown, Feminism, and Contemporary Romantic Comedy." Film & History, Feb-May1999, Vol. 29 Issue 1/2, p34-45, 12p UC users only
Smith, Claude J., Jr. "Bodies and Minds for Sale: Prostitution in Pretty Woman and Indecent Proposal." Studies in Popular Culture, vol. 19, no. 3, pp. 91-99, Apr 1997
Soyini, Madison, D. "Pretty Woman through the Triple Lens of Black Feminist Spectatorship." In: From mouse to mermaid : the politics of film, gender, and culture / Elizabeth Bell, Lynda Haas, Laura Sells, editors. Bloomington : Indiana University Press, c1995. (available online [UCB users only]; print: ANTH: PN1999.W27 F76 1995; MAIN: PN1999.W27 F76 1995)
Wartenberg, Thomas E. "Pretty Woman: A Fairy Tale of Oedipalized Capitalism." In: Unlikely couples : movie romance as social criticism / Thomas E. Wartenberg. Boulder, Colo.: Westview Press, 1999. (Full-text available online [UC Berkeley users only]; Print: Main Stack PN1995.9.L6.W37 1999)

The Princess & the Call Girl (USA / France, 1984)
Director, Radley Metzger. Cast: Carol Levy, Victor Bevine, Shannah Hall, Chris Beach, Noel Cohen. A beautiful socialite Audrey Swallow owes a big one to Lucy Darling, her lookalike pal. So when Lucy begs her, Audrey agrees to impersonate Lucy, a high-priced call girl. And when Audrey is delayed getting back, Lucy has to impersonate Audrey and entertain her guests at the engagement party and Lucy can be very entertaining! 90 min. DVD 6367
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Morris, Gary. "Radley Metzger on DVD." Bright Lights November 2002 | Issue 38 UC users only
Morris, Gary. "Thoughts on Radley Metzger." Bright Lights November 2002 | Issue 38 UC users only
Testa, Bart. "Soft-Shaft Opportunism: Radley Metzger's Erotic Kitsch." Spectator - The University of Southern California Journal of Film and Television 19:2 (Spring-Summer 1999) p. 40-57 p. 40-57 UC users only

Prostitute (UK, 1980)
Directed by Tony Garnett. Cast: Eleanor Forsythe, Kate Crutchley, Kim Lockett, Nancy Samuels. Employing a quasi-documentary naturalism, this film centers around the life of a Birmingham street prostitute with ambitions. Her closest friend is a woman welfare worker who is attempting to change the laws about prostitution which she feels are hypocritical. 98 min. DVD X6259
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Rain (1932)
Directed by Lewis Milestone. Cast: Joan Crawford, Walter Huston, William Gargan, Guy Kibbee, Walter Catlett, Beulah Bondi, Matt Moore, Kendall Lee, Ben Hendricks, Frederick Howard. When a fanatical missionary and his wife are marooned in a hut with a former prostitute during a week-long tropical storm in Pago Pago, the conflict swells to explosive proportions in this early talkie version of a much filmed story. Other versions include: Sadie Thompson (1928) and Miss Sadie Thompson (1953). Adapted from the play by John Colton and Clemence Randolph. Original story by W. Somerset Maugham. 76 min. DVD 1152
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Lawrence, Amy. Echo and Narcissus : women's voices in classical Hollywood cinema Berkeley : University of California Press, c1991. (Main (Gardner) Stacks; Moffitt PN1995.9.W6 L38 1991)

Red Dust (1932)
Director, Victor Fleming. Cast: Clark Gable, Jean Harlow, Gene Raymond, Mary Astor, Donald Crisp. Dennis Carson, overseer of a rubber plantation in Indochina, gives refuge to a prostitute on the run from Saigon authorities. Romance is sparked but becomes heated when an engineer's wife steps into the picture. Based on the play by Wilson Collison. 85 min. DVD X6247
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The Red Kimona(1925)
Director, Paul Brickman. Cast: Priscilla Bonner, Nellie Bly Baker, Carl Miller, Mary Carr, Virginia Pearson, Tyrone Power, Sr. A vulnerable young woman, whose blind trust in a man leads her into a New Orleans bordello, endures the hardships of that life, but is eventually driven to murdering her lover. A sympathetic jury acquits her and after a period of hardship she ultimately finds happiness. 80 min. DVD 9795
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Risky Business(1983)
Director, Paul Brickman. Cast: Tom Cruise, Rebecca De Mornay, Joe Pantoliano, Bronson Pinchot. Left alone in the wealthy northern Chicago suburbs with the family house and Porsche at his disposal, Joel, through his scheming friends, finds himself entertaining to-die-for lady-of-the-night Lana. After meeting Joel's enthusiastic friends, Lana spots a business opportunity, and suggests bringing in some of her equally stunning colleagues. Joel is aghast at such an idea, at least until the Porsche accidentally falls into Lake Michigan, requiring a quick infusion of ready cash. 119 min. DVD X635
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Geduld, Harry M. "Prodigal Business." Humanist; Nov/Dec1983, Vol. 43 Issue 6, p41-42, 2p UC users only
Johnson, Eithne. "The Business of Sex." Journal of Popular Film & Television; Winter84/85, Vol. 12 Issue 4, p148-155, 8p

Road Movie (1974)
Directed by Joseph Strick. Cast: Robert Drivas, Regina Baff, Barry Bostwick. Two truckers on the way to Chicago are forced to drastically change their plans after picking up an emotionally battered prostitute. 83 min. DVD X4554
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The Road to Ruin(1933)
Directors, Dorothy Davenport and Melville Shyer. Cast: Helen Foster, Neil O'Day, Glen Boles, Paul Page. An innocent young girl gets involved with a crowd that smokes marijuana, drinks and has sex. She winds up an alcoholic, pregnant drug addict and is forced to get an abortion. 62 min. DVD X531
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Sadie Thompson (1928)
Directed by Raoul Walsh. Cast: Gloria Swanson, Lionel Barrymore, Raoul Walsh. Stranded passengers on Pago Pago during an epidemic include Sadie Thompson, a prostitute, and Alfred Davidson, a reformer whose lust for her masquerades as a desire to save her soul. Based on the novella Miss Thompson / by Somerset Maugham. 97 min.DVD 7554; also DVD X353
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Campbell, Russell. Marked women : prostitutes and prostitution in the cinema. Madison : University of Wisconsin Press, c2006. (Main Stack PN1995.9.P76.C36 2006; PFA PN1995.9.P76.C36 2006)
Lawrence, Amy. Echo and Narcissus : women's voices in classical Hollywood cinema Berkeley : University of California Press, c1991. (Main (Gardner) Stacks; Moffitt PN1995.9.W6 L38 1991)

Satan Was a Lady (2001)
Directed by Doris Wishman. Cast: Honey Lauren, Glyn Styler, Edge Hans Lohl, Laudet Torres. A melodrama that descends with a hell-bent spiral about a whore who longs for a touch of mink and a way out no matter what... Special features: Wishman unadulterated (behind the scenes) ; Glyn Styler solos ; filmography. 85 min. DVD 8224
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Bowen, Michael J. "Embodiment and Realization: The Many Film-Bodies of Doris Wishman." Wide Angle 19.3 (1997) 64-90 UC users only
Luckett, Moya. "Sexploitation as Feminine Territory: The Films of Doris Wishman." In: Defining cult movies : the cultural politics of oppositional taste / edited by Mark Jancovich ... [et al.]. Manchester, UK ; New York : Manchester University Press : Distributed exclusively in the USA by Palgrave, 2003. (Main Stack PN1995.9.S284.D44 2003)
Modleski, Tania. "Women's Cinema as Counterphobic Cinema: Doris Wishman as the Last Auteur." In: Sleaze artists : cinema at the margins of taste, style, and politics Jeffrey Sconce, ed. Durham : Duke University Press, 2007. (MAIN: PN1995.9.S284 S64 2007)
Quarles, Mike. "Doris Wishman: How Did a Nice Girl Like You End Up in a Book Like This?" In: Down and dirty : Hollywood's exploitation filmmakers and their movies Jefferson, NC : McFarland, c1993. (Main Stack PN1998.2.Q37 1993)

Sensation Hunters (1934)
Directed by Charles Vidor. Cast: Arline Judge, Preston Foster, Marion Burns, Kenneth MacKenna, Walter Brennan. Sexy society girl Dale Jordon leaves her upstanding boyfriend to work in Panama City as a showgirl. After getting fired, she and her girlfriend Jerry find themselves desperate to escape Panama City. In order to raise enough money for them to leave, Dale becomes a prostitute. 65 min. DVD X4709
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Shanghai Express(1949)
Director, Josef von Sternberg. Cast: Marlene Dietrich, Clive Brook, Anna May Wong, Warner Oland, Eugene Pallette. After being jilted by Clive Brook, Marlene Dietrich becomes known as Shanghai Lily, a notorious "adventuress". During the Chinese civil war, the couple meet on a train which is attacked by Chinese rebels. Dietrich becomes involved with a rebel leader in order to save the man she still loves. Includes original theatrical trailer. "By 1932, though, Marlene Dietrich in Shanghai Express had focused the lens on the courtesan's unseemly trade. Shanghai Lil may be said to be the inaugural manifestation of the perfect cinema prostitute." [Dammann, Guy . "The power of prostitutes on film." Culture Vulture blog Jan. 18, 2006]82 min. DVD X2068; vhs 999:932
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Josef von Sternberg bibliography

She Shoulda Said "No!"(1949)
Director, Sherman Scott. Cast: Alan Baxter, Lyle Talbot, Lila Leeds, Doug Blackley. Narrator: Knox Manning. A "good" girl works day and night as a dancer in Los Angeles to finance her brother's college education. Then a dope peddler enters the picture and casts a cloud of smoke and money around her. When her brother comes home from college and finds out what his sister has been up to to finance his education, he commits suicide. Beset by guilt, she slips farther down into the pit of marijuana addiction and despair. 70 min. DVD X531
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The Sin of Madelon Claudet(1931)
Director, Edgar Selwyn. Cast: Helen Hayes, Lewis Stone, Neil Hamilton, Cliff Edwards, Jean Hersholt, Marie Prevost. In her first feature film Helen Hayes plays Madelon, a simple country girl who runs away to Paris with a lover who cruelly abandons her and their baby son. Desperate to provide for her child, Madelon becomes the mistress of a jewel thief, a decision that leads her to prison and, finally, the streets. Her descent from radiant girl to brazen tart to bent and defeated old woman is astonishing for its technical brilliance and emotional power. Based on the play "The Lullaby" by Edward Knoblock. 76 min. DVD X6376; vhs 999:3666
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Slaves in Bondage(1937)
Director, Elmer Clifton. Cast: Lona Andre, Donald Wood, Wheeler Oakman, Florence Dudley. A crooked businessman and his female partner use her beauty salon as a recruitment center for girls to work as prostitutes at his roadhouse. The younger sister of one of the beauticians falls under the unwanted gaze of the lecherous businessman. Meanwhile, the girl's newspaper reporter boyfriend investigating the prostitution ring is set up for a fall with the police, by the crooked businessman who hopes to make the girl his own. 70 min. DVD X531; DVD X971
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Taxi Driver(1976)
Director, Martin Scorsese. Cast: Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Albert Brooks, Harvey Keitel, Leonard Harris, Peter Boyle, Cybill Sheperd. A psychotic New York City cab driver goes on a violent rampage in an effort to save a teenage prostitute in a world of filth and corruption. 114 min. DVD 571; vhs 999:70
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Awards
National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA - Best Director

Traffic in Souls (1913)
Directed by George Loane Tucker. Cast: Jane Gail, Matt Moore, Ethel Grandin, Fred Turner. Produced when social problem dramas were popular and co-financed by reform groups, this film is set against the white slavery rackets of the 1910s. Purportedly based on findings of "the John D. Rockefeller White Slavery Report and the investigation of the Vice Trust by District Attorney Whitman," the melodrama is skillfully crafted to evoke the feel of "true crime" in the Victorian era, like the pages of the National Police Gazette brought vividly to life. The film was reportedly screened before female immigrants at Ellis Island as a caution to the dangers of the New World. Special DVD feature: Optional audio essay soundtrack by Shelley Stamp ; "The call of the city" / (Harry Beaumont, director) ; music, Rodney Sauer (ca. 12 min.) 90 min. DVD 9992; vhs 999:3608
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Awards & Honors
National Film Registry Selection

True Romance (1993)
Directed by Tony Scott. Cast: Christian Slater, Patricia Arquette, Dennis Hopper, Val Kilmer, Gary Oldman, Brad Pitt, Christopher Walken. "This Quentin Tarantino scripted film uses the theme of 'boy meets girl.' Here, though, boy meets girl, boy kills girl's pimp, couple takes pimp's coke, and bad boys chase couple. And Elvis is their Guardian Angel" [IMDB] 121 min. Video DVD X3451
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Tarantino, Quentin. True romance / Quentin Tarantino. New York : Grove Press, [2000] (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1997 .T7154 2000)

Unforgiven (1992)
Directed by Clint Eastwood. Cast: Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman, Morgan Freeman, Richard Harris. Two retired, down-on-their luck outlaws pick up their guns one last time to collect a bounty offered by the vengeful prostitutes of the remote Wyoming town of Big Whiskey. 131 min. DVD X1105; vhs 999:1108
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Awards & Honors
National Film Registry Selection

Waterloo Bridge (1931)
Directed by James Whale. Cast: Mae Clarke, Kent Douglass [Douglass Montgomery], Doris Lloyd, Bette Davis, Enid Bennett, Frederick Kerr. Roy Cronin, a Canadian soldier in London on furlough, falls in love with Myra Deauville, unaware that she is a prostitute. She accepts his proposal of marriage just prior to his being shipped to the front. They visit his uncle, mother and sister for a weekend in the country. Myra realizes she cannot escape her past and, after Roy leaves, tells his mother about herself. Back in London she is killed in an air raid. From the stage play by Robert E. Sherwood. 81 min. DVD 6674
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The Wild and the Wicked (1956)
Director, Merle Connell. Cast: Joy Reynolds, Geri Moffatt, Mariko Perri, Norman Wright, Lisa Rack. A young girl heads to Hollywood to visit her older sister with the hopes she can break into the movies. After her arrival her sister tries to explain the difficulties in making a career in show business, but the younger sister insists on trying. Eventually the young girl becomes involved in a prostitution ring run by mobsters, which is what her older sister has be doing but attempted to keep her sister from finding out. 90 min. DVD X531
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World of Suzie Wong (1988)
Directed by Richard Quine. Cast: William Holden, Nancy Kwan, Sylvia Syms, Michael Wilding. A struggling transplanted American artist, living in Hong Kong, who's down on his luck meets a beautiful Chinese prostitute who captures his heart. Together, they test the strength of true love. Based on Richard Lakin Mason's novel by the same name (UCB Main PR6025.A793 W6 1957). 119 min. DVD 2721; vhs 999:538
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Hanawa, Yukiko. "The world of Suzie Wong and M. Butterfly: race and gender in Asian America." Radical History Review, Winter 1996, Issue 64, p12-18, 7p
Marchetti, Gina. "White Knights in Hong Kong: Race, Gender, and the Exotic in Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing and The World of Suzie Wong." Post Script: Essays in Film and the Humanities, vol. 10 no. 2. 1991 Winter. pp: 36-49.
McDonogh, Gary W.; Wong, Cindy Hing-Yuk. "Orientalism abroad: Hong Kong readings of The world of Suzie Wong." In: Classic Hollywood, classic whiteness / Daniel Bernardi, editor. Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, c2001. (Main Stack PN1995.9.M56.C59 2001)

Foreign Films

Accattone! (Italy, 1961)
Directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini. Cast: Franco Citti, Franca Pasut, Silvana Corsini, Paolo Guidi, Roberto Scaringella, Adriana Asti. The first of Pasolini's films presents a vivid picture of the Roman slums through a story of a pimp, his friends, his enemies and his girls. 120 min.DVD 1803; vhs 999:709
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Amor Bandido (Brazil, 1981)
Directed by Bruno Baretto. Romantic melodrama about a baby-faced punk named Toninho, who struggles to make ends meet by murdering cab drivers for their money, and Sandra, the pretty Rio de Janeiro hooker who becomes his mistress. 90 min. Video 999:1374
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Astha (In the Prison of Spring) (India, 1997)
Director, Basu Bhattacharya. Story of a lower middle class family in India. Unable to attain what she desires on her husband's meager salary, the wife gets involved in prostitution, and submerged in an abyss of guilt plans a confession by innuendo to pick up the threads of her life. 132 min. DVD 1959
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Baise-moi (Rape Me) (France, 2000)
Directed and written by Virginie Despentes and Coralie Trinh Thi. Cast: Raffaela Anderson, Karen Bach. Manu is violently raped by a group of savage young thugs. Nadine, a tough-skinned prostitute, sells her body but refuses to give up her soul. Chance unites them and together they embark on a twisted rage-filled road trip of sex and murder. A vividly nihilist road movie set in France, controversial for its violence and real sex scenes. 77 min. DVD 1834
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Balalayka (Turkey, 2000)
Directed by Ali Özgentürk. Cast: Uğur Yücel, Cem Davran, Yekaterina Rednikova. Three brothers decide to honor their recently deceased father's last request-- to recover the remains of fallen Turkish airman from Russia. In the course of doing this, they meet a Russian woman involved in helping girls earn money by serving as temporary prostitutes in Turkey. They decide to help each other and so starts a memorable bus ride from Russian Georgia to Turkey. 117 min. DVD X5907
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Battle in Heaven (Batalla en el cielo) (Mexico / Belgium / France / Germany, 2005)
Directed by Carlos Reygadas. Cast: Marcos Hernandez, Anapola Mushkadiz, Bertha Ruiz, David Bornstein, Rosalinda Ramirez. Marcos, a poverty-stricken chauffeur longs for a better life for his wife and young son. Desperate, the couple kidnaps an infant child for ransom. When the baby dies in their custody, this crime that Marcos hoped would brighten his family's future instead adds a crushing burden to his conscience. Meanwhile, Ana, an affluent general's daughter whom Marcos chauffeurs from place to place, secretly battles ennui by prostituting herself in a local brothel. The two confide their darkest secrets to one another, and as Marcos urges Ana to drop out of whoring, Ana tries to convince Marcos to turn himself in. Special features: Interview with director Carlos Reygadas and actress Anapola Mushkadiz; Selecting scenes from the director's award-winning first feature "Japon"; Original theatrical trailer. 95 min. DVD 9418
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Belle de Jour (France / Italy, 1967)
Directed by Luis Buñuel. Cast: Catherine Deneuve, Jean Sorel, Michel Piccoli, Geneviève Page. Subtle, erotic film about a wealthy young surgeon's wife who indulges her masochistic fantasies by working as a part-time prostitute in a Paris brothel. 95 min. DVD 1104; vhs 999:1113
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Business is Business (Wat zien ik?) (Netherlands, 1971)
Directed by Paul Verhoeven. Cast: Ronnie Beirman, Sylvia De Leur, Piet Romer, Jules Hamel, Bernard Droog Henk Molenberg, Albert Mol. For hooker Blonde Greet, sexual fetish is a way of life and every deviant fantasy has its price. But when Blonde falls in love, she finds that business and pleasure can't mix without some unexpected complications. 89 min. DVD 6177
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Captain Pantoja and the Special Services (Pantaleon y las visitadoras) (Peru, 1999)
Directed by Francisco J. Lombardi. Cast: Angie Cepeda, Salvador del Solar, Pilar Bardem, Monica Sanchez. A dedicated Peruvian army captain (and devoted husband) is put in charge of a top secret military operation--setting up a brothel in the Amazon jungle to satisfy the needs of his fellow soldiers. 119 min. DVD 3988
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Casque d'or (Golden Marie)(France, 1952)
Director Jean Renoir. Cast: Simone Signoret, Serge Reggiani, Claude Dauphin, Raymond Bussières, Gaston Modot, Paul Barge, Dominique Davray, Daniel Mendaille. "A gang headed by Leca (Claude Dauphin) that hangs out around the Paris quarter of Belleville goes with their girlfriends to a dance hall in Joinville along the banks of the Marne. Marie, a prostitute called the Casque d'Or (Golden Helmet) because of her sparkling hair, is angry at her boyfriend of the moment, a handsome hood named Roland. Along comes Raymond accompanied by his childhood friend Manda, a gang member who has gone straight and is working as a carpenter. There is love at first sight between the beautiful Marie and the carpenter. A dangerously destructive passion, against the backdrop of rivalries and jealousy within the gang, unites the two lovers." [Wikipedia] Special features: Audio commentary by film scholar Peter Cowie; 1995 video interview with actor Serge Reggiani; 1960 interview with actress Simone Signoret from the French television program 'Cinepanorama'; excerpt from an episode of the French television series 'Cineastes de notre temps', dedicated to Jacques Becker; rare, silent behind-the-scenes footage of Becker on the set, with commentary by film scholar Philip Kemp; new essay by Kemp. 94 min. DVD 6623
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Hayward, Susan. " Signoret's star persona and redressing the costume cinema: Jacques Becker's Casque d'Or (1952)." Studies in French Cinema, 2004, Vol. 4 Issue 1, p15-28, 14p UC users only

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La Chienne (France, 1931)
Directed by Jean Renoir. Cast: Michel Simon, Janie Marèze, Georges Flamant, Magdalaine Berubet. "Cashier Maurice Legrand is married to Adele, a terror. By chance, he meets Lucienne, "Lulu", and make her his mistress. He thinks he finally met love, but Lulu is nothing but a streetwalker, in love with Dede, her pimp. She only accepts Legrand to satisfy Dede's needs of money." [IMDB] 55 min. 999:576
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Dédée d'Anvers (France, 1947)
Directed by Yves Allégret. Cast: Simone Signoret, Bernard Blier. Dédée works as a prostitute in the "Big Moon" nightclub. She falls in love with an Italian sailor, Francesco, with consequences for all those around them. 100 min. DVD X2716
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Deux ou trois choses que je sais d'elle (Two or Three Things I Know About Her) (France, 1966)
Directed by Jean-Luc Godard. Cast: Marina Vlady, Anny Duperey, Roger Montsoret, Jean Narboni, Christophe Bourseiller, Joseph Gehrard, Raoul Levy, Yves Beneyton, Juliet Berto, Helena Bielicic, Marie Bourseiller, Robert Chevassu, Blanding Jeanson, Benjamin Jules-Rosette, Jean-Pierre Laverne, Jean-Patrick Lebel, Anna Manga, Claude Miller, Helene Scott. The "her" in the film refers to Paris. Inspired by a real article on housewife prostitution, the film examines Godard's theory that if you lived in Paris (at the time) one had to prostitute oneself to survive. This "sociological fable" is shot through the eyes of Juliette, a housewife who spends one day a week in central Paris selling her body on the street in the hope that she will be able to escape the high rise suburban drudgery in which she lives with her family, and find happiness. Disc set includes book (50 p.) on making of the film. 84 min. DVD 8461; vhs 999:1761
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The Devil's Wanton (aka Prison) (Fängelse) (Sweden, 1949)
Directed by Ingmar Bergman. Cast: Birger Malmsten, Doris Svedlund, Hasse Ekman, Eva Henning, Stig Olin. In this early film by Bergman questions about God and life are probed in a story that interweaves the lives of a film director, a poet and his wife, a prostitute and her boyfriend-pimp. Although Bergman convincingly depicts a world in which people are adrift, or drowning in a sea of confusion and despair, the film is almost never depressing and at times is humorous, even exhilarating. 78 min. DVD X4744; vhs 999:2910
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O diabo a quatro (Brazil, 2004)
Directed by Alice de Andrade. Cast: Marcelo Faria, Maria Flor, Márcio Libar, Netinho Alves. Set in the Copacabana section of Rio de Janeiro, a tale of youth, prostitution, and drug dealing. Rita is a gorgeous nanny who is determined to break out of her difficult, poverty-stricken life. She is in love with Paulo, a surfer who only cares about drugs and hookers. Rita decides to become a high-class prostitute to attract his attention, but ends up with the love of Tim, her pimp, and Waldick, a poor boy from the country. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 108 min. Video vhs 999:3923
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Diary of a Lost Girl (Das Tagebuch einer Verlorenen) (Germany, 1929)
Directed by G.W. Pabst, G.W. Thymiane Henning (Louise Brooks), an innocent young girl, is raped by the clerk of her father's pharmacy. She becomes pregnant, is rejected by her family, and must fend for herself in a harsh, cruel world [Internet Movie Database] 99 min. DVD 1173
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Lulu in Berlin. Video/C 1849
The Role of Women in the Movies. Video/C 835 NRLF #: B 4 175 470

McCarthy, Margaret. "The Representation of Prostitutes in Literature and Film: Margarete Böhme and G. W. Pabst." In: Commodities of desire : the prostitute in modern German literature / edited by Christiane Schonfeld. Rochester, NY : Camden House, 2000. (Main Stack PT345.C58 2000)
Schlupmann, Heide. "The Brothel as an Arcadian Space? Diary of a Lost Girl (1929)" In: The Films of G. W. Pabst: An Extraterritorial Cinema / edited by Eric Rentschler. pp: 80-90. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, c1990.(Main Stack PN1998.3.P34.F5 1990; Moffitt PN1998.3.P34.F5 1990)

Durian, Durian (Liu lian piao piao) (Hong Kong, 2000)
Directed by Chen Guo. Cast: Qin Hailu, Mai Huifen. The film is divided into two parts, with the first half taking place in Hong Kong and the latter half another world away, in Mudanjiang near the North Korean border. The consistent thread is a young Mainland lady, Yan. The movie records her stay in Hong Kong where, on a three-month visa, she services as many as three dozen clients a day, and her post-Hong Kong existence back home where she uses her hard-earned cash to become a successful and respected entrepreneuse. PAL format DVD. 116 min. DVD 2867
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The Flesh Is Weak (UK, 1957)
Directed by Don Chaffey. Cast: John Derek, Milly Vitale, Freda Jackson, William Franklyn. In this British film noir Marissa, a decent English girl, is inveigled by a family of pimps into a life of prostitution, in this once-shocking, fact-inspired exposé. 87 min. DVD X6007
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Bell, Melanie. "The Figure of the Prostitute." In: Femininity in the frame: women and 1950s British popular cinema / Melanie Bell. London : I.B. Tauris, 2010. (Full-text available online [UC Berkeley users only])
Bell-Williams, Melanie. "'Shop-soiled' Women: Female Sexuality and the Figure of the Prostitute in 1950s British Cinema." Journal of British Cinema & Television, 2006, Vol. 3 Issue 2, p266-283, 18p UC users only
Chadder, Viv "The higher heel: Women and Post-War British Crime Film." In: British crime cinema / edited by Steve Chibnall and Robert Murphy. London ; New York : Routledge, 1999. (Full-text available online [UC Berkeley users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.G3 B72 1999)

Flowers of Shanghai (Hai shang hua) (Taiwan, 1998)
Director, Hou Hsiao-hsien. Cast: Tony Leung Chiu-wai, Michiko Hada, Lee Yu-ming, Carina Lau Ka-ling. Based on the 1894 novel by Han Ziyun this film is set in the elegant brothels of late nineteenth century Shanghai, a hermetic world with its own highly ritualized codes of behavior, where "flower girls," must win, and then hold, the affection of their wealthy callers. 113 min. DVD 1229; vhs 999:2537
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Gate of Flesh (Nikutai no mon) (Japan, 1964)
Director: Seijun Suzuki. Cast: Joe Shishido, Yumiko Nogawa, Satoko Kasai, Koji Wada, Tomiko Ishii, Kayo Matsuo, Misako Tominaga, Keisuke Noro, Chico Rolando. In the shady black markets and bombed-out hotels of post-World War II Tokyo, a tough band of prostitutes eke out a dog-eat-dog existence, maintaining tenuous friendships and a semblance of order in a world of chaos. But when a renegade ex-soldier stumbles into their midst, lusts and loyalties clash, with tragic results. Special features : Exclusive new video interview with Director Seijun Suzuki and Production Designer Takeo Kimura, Stills gallery, Theatrical trailer, New and improved English translation, New essay by noted Asian-cinema critic Chuck Stephens. 90 min. DVD X4074
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Hyenas (Hyènes) (Senegal, 1992)
Directed by Djibril Diop Mambety. An old woman who has become rich returns to create all kinds of trouble. Based on "Der Besuch der alten Dame" by Friedrich Durrenmatt. In French with English subtitles. 113 min. DVD 3572; VHS 999:1152

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Jeanne Dielman 23, Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (Belgium / France, 1975)
Directed by Chantal Anne Akerman. Cast: Delphine Seyrig, Jan Decorte, Henri Storck. Chronicles mundane episodes from the daily life of a 40-year-old housewife/prostitute who snaps when faced with intense emotion and commits a horrifying crime. Special features DVD X1959: Restored digital transfer, supervised and approved by director Chantal Akerman; "Autour de Jeanne Dielman:" a documentary shot by actor Sami Frey and edited by Agnes Ravez and Akerman, made during the filming; new interviews with Akerman and cinematographer Babette Mangolte; excerpt from "Chantal Akerman par Chantal Akerman:" a 1997 episode of the French television program Cinéma de notre temps; interview with Akerman's mother, Natalia; archival television interview excerpt featuring Akerman and star Delphine Seyrig; "Saute ma ville:" (1968), Akerman's first film, with an introduction by the director. A booklet featuring an essay by film scholar Ivone Margulies. 85 min. DVD X1959; DVD 8267 (non-US format DVD)
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Autour de Jeanne Dielman (1975-2004)
An unpublished documentary on the filming of "Jeanne Dielman" mounted by Chantal Akerman and Agnes Ravez and filmed throughout the shooting by Sami Frey. Looks at the relationships during rehearsals between Delphine Seyrig, Chantal Akerman and the team, almost exclusively female. Special feature: Entretien avec Chantal Akerman (1966; 17 min. : sd., col.) 78 min. DVD 8267

J'embrasse pas (I Don't Kiss) (France / Italy, 1991)
Directed by André Téchiné. Cast: Philippe Noiret, Emmanuelle Beart, Manuel Blanc, Helène Vincent, Ivan Desny, Christophe Bernard, Roschdy Zem, Raphaeline Goupilleau, Michèle Moretti. Pierre breaks away from his family life in rural France and moves to Paris where he finds it harder than expected to become an actor. He rejects the help of an older gay man and lives on the streets, where he meets a young female prostitute. 116 min. DVD X61
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Joyless Street (Die Freudlose Gasse) (Germany, 1925)
Directed by G.W. Pabst. Cast: Greta Garbo, Werner Krauss, Asta Nielson, Jaro Furth, Robert Garrison. "Vienna in the biggest depression, directly after WW1. In a slum, Lila Leid, the wife of lawyer Leid is murdered, Egon, secretary of one of Leid's clients is arrested. He was with her, and had her necklace, because he needed some money for his own stock exchange deals. The same deal brings poverty to ex-government official Rumfort, his daughter Greta, who also has lost her job, tries to get some money to get food. She rents a room of the flat she, her young sister and her father are living in to an American Red Cross official, who pays $60 rent, but the money is taken by some of her father's creditors. But their neighbour, shop owner Mrs Greifer knows how to "help", she and Mrs. Merkel are running a nightclub with a brothel." [IMDB] 80 min. DVD X2606 (restored version); DVD X30; vhs 999:318
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Kama Sutra(India, 1996)
Directed by Mira Nair. In a seductive tale of love and betrayal, a king's courtesan is forbidden her one true love. Trained in the art of pleasure, Maya, the beautiful servant girl becomes defiant, rebelling against ancient tradition. As passion takes over, the conflict brings consequences that no one ever envisioned. 1997. 114 min.DVD X5462; vhs 999:1814
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Keetje Tippel (Katie Tippel; Girl named Katy Tippel) (Netherlands, 1975)
Directed by Paul Verhoeven. Cast: Rutger Hauer, Monique Van de Ven, Eddy Brugman, Andrea Domburg. In 1881 a young Dutch girl moves with her poor family from the farm to Amsterdam. Forced into prostitution by her mother, the feisty Keetje advances herself through a series of degrading jobs to become a woman of means, education and attainment. 77 min. DVD 6177
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El lado oscuro del corazon (The Dark Side of the Heart (Argentina / Canada, 1992)
Directed by Eliseo Subiela. Cast: Dario Grandinetti, Sandra Ballesteros, Nacha Guevara, Andre Melancon. Oliverio is a narcissistic young poet in search of the perfect woman, claiming he will not "tolerate a woman who cannot fly." He meets a prostitute who can fly but prefers to keep their relationship a business arrangement. 125 min. DVD 9840
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Leaving Las Vegas (1995)
Directed by Mike Figgis. Cast: Nicolas Cage, Elisabeth Shue, Julian Sands. Ben Sanderson, an alcoholic Hollywood screenwriter whom lost everything because of his drinking, arrives in Las Vegas to drink himself to death. There, he meets and forms an uneasy friendship and non-interference pact with prostitute Sera. 112 min. DVD 5035
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Awards

Academy Award - Best Actor (Nicolas Cage)
Golden Globes - Best Actor, Drama (Nicolas Cage)
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards - Best Picture; Best Director; Best Actor, Drama (Nicolas Cage); Best Actress (Elisabeth Shue)
National Board of Review, USA - Best Actor (Nicolas Cage)
National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA - Best Director; Best Actor (Nicolas Cage); Best Actress (Elisabeth Shue)
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Film; Best Actor

Fried, John. "Leaving Las Vegas." Cineaste 22:1 (April 1996) p. 64 UC users only
Nick James. "Intoxication." Sight and Sound 7:2 (February 1997) p. 26-28UC users only
Piano, Doreen. "Leaving Las Vegas: Reading the Prostitute as a Voice Abjection." In: Exclusions in feminist thought : challenging the boundaries of womanhood / edited by Mary Brewer. Brighton ; Portland, Or. : Sussex Academic Press, 2002. (Main Stack HQ1206.E98 2002)
Stenberg, Douglas. "'A Kind of View Into the Other Side of Time': Echoes Of Dostoevsky's Notes From Underground in Leaving Las Vegas." Literature Film Quarterly, 2000, Vol. 28 Issue 3, P214, 8p UC users only
Thomson, David. "The hole you're in." Film Comment; Nov/Dec95, Vol. 31 Issue 6, p36, 4pUC users only

Libertarias (Spain / Italy / Belgium, 1995)
Directed by Vicente Aranda. Cast: Ana Belen, Victoria Abril, Ariadna Gil, Jorge Sans, Miguel Bose, Antonio Dechent. The Spanish revolution has just started in a small town near Barcelona. Maria, a young innocent nun escaping from her convent, which is being ransacked by revolutionaries, finds refuge in a whorehouse. In the whorehouse some militia women - Libertarias - burst in with the mission of freeing the prostitutes. Befriended by the group, Maria will participate in the armed fight, and the course of her life will be forever changed. 125 min. DVD 9945 (with English subtitles); vhs 999:1805 (In Spanish without subtitles)
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Schwartz, Stephen. "The paradoxes of film and the recovery of historical memory: Vicente Aranda's works on the Spanish Civil War." Film History, 2008, Vol. 20 Issue 4, p501-507, 7p UC users only
Van Liew, Maria. "Witness to War: Virginal Vicissitudes in Vicente Aranda's Libertarias (1996)." Quarterly Review of Film & Video, May2008, Vol. 25 Issue 3, p230-240, 11p UC users only

Life of O-Haru (Saikaku ichidai onna) (Japan, 1952)
Director: Kenji Mizoguchi. O-Haru is a beautiful courtesan in 17th century Japan who surrenders to her passion for a commoner. As punishment, she and her parents are banished into exile where O-Haru desperately attempts to escape her past. A compelling and powerful critique of feudal Japan as seen through the eyes of a woman, the film portrays the human dramas and historical settings with unflinching realism and atmospheric detail. 131 min. DVD 6417
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Lola (Germany, 1981)
Directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Cast: Barbara Sukowa, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Mario Adorf. When an upright new commissioner arrives in a small town, Lola, a cabaret singer and prostitute, sets out to seduce him in order to gain power over him for her boyfriend and a respectable marriage for herself. 115 min. DVD 1946
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Bergfelder, T. "Popular genres and cultural legitimacy: Fassbinder's Lola and the legacy of 1950s West German cinema." Screen (London, England) v. 45 no. 1 (Spring 2004) p. 21-39

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Lola Montès (1955)
Directed by Max Ophüls. Cast: Martine Carol (Lola Montès), Peter Ustinov (Ringmaster), Anton Walbrook (King Ludwig), Henri Guisol (Maurice), Lise Delamare (Lola's mother), Paulette Dubost (Josephine), Oskar Werner (Student). Depicts, through flashbacks, the life of a famous courtesan, recounted as part of a lavish circus act. The ringmaster introduces and displays Lola Montes who recalls her romances with Franz Liszt, a student, and Ludwig, King of Bavaria before she was reduced by scandal, poverty and ill fortune to her present life as a circus performer. 110 min. DVD 189
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Burdick, Dolores M. "Lisa, Lola, and I: The Woman Unknown as the Woman Immortal in Ophuls and Robbe-Grillet." Michigan Academician, vol. 12 no. 3. 1980 Winter. pp: 251-259.

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Love and Anarchy (Film d'amore e d'anarchia, ovvero 'stamattina alle 10 in via dei Fiori nella nota casa di tolleranza...) (Italy, 1973)
Directed by Lina Wertmüller. Cast: Giancarlo Giannini, Mariangela Melato, Eros Pagni, Lina Polito. Tells the story of a shy country peasant who goes to the city with a plan to assassinate Benito Mussolini. His underground contact in the network of anarchists offers him a hideout in her brothel where he meets a young prostitute and falls in love. When his lover prevents the plan's realization, he fires upon police, is imprisoned and murdered. 129 min. DVD X5522; vhs 999:2313
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Love & Pop (Japan, 1998)
Director, Hideaki Anno. A day-in-the-life drama about a quartet of "enjo kosai," Japanese schoolgirls who engage in "casual" prostitution so as to afford such things as designer clothes. 110 min. DVD 2772
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Mamma Roma (Italy, 1962)
Directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini. Cast: Cast: Anna Magnani, Ettore Garofolo, Franco Citti, Silvana Corsini. In this unflinching look at the struggle for survival in post WWII Italy, a middle-aged prostitute attempts to extricate herself from her sordid past for the sake of her son. Special features (Disc 2): Interviews about Pasolini, featuring Bernardo Bertolucci, Tonino Delli Colli, and Enzo Siciliano ; original theatrical trailer ; poster gallery ; "Pier Paolo Pasolini" (58 min. ; 1995): a documentary by filmmaker Ivo Barnabo Micheli covering the career of the controversial artist ; "La ricotta" (35 min. ; 1963): a film by Pasolini starring Orson Welles as a director who sets out to make a film about the passion of Jesus ; a 32-page booklet featuring excerpted interviews with Pasolini on Mamma Roma and La ricotta, and essays by novelist and culture critic Gary Indiana and Pasolini biographer Enzo Siciliano. Photography, Tonino Delli Colli; editor, Nino Baragli; music, Carlo Rustichelli. 110 min. DVD 2768
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Orsitto, Fulvio S. "The Iconic Violence of Pasolini's Prostitutes." In: The image of the hero in Literature, Media, and Society: selected papers [of the] Society for the Interdisciplinary Study of Social Imagery, March 2004, Colorado Springs, Colorado / <2004> Pueblo, CO. : The Society, Colorado State University-Pueblo, [2004]. (MAIN: PN56.5.H45 C63 2004)

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Mandi (Market Place) (India, 1983)
Directed by Shyam Benegal. A social satire on the institution of Kotha, a high-class bordello featuring poetry and dance which was frequented by the feudal leisure class in 18th and 19th century India. 167 min. DVD 3414; vhs 999:2482
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Mannequins für Rio (aka They Were So Young) (West Germany / USA, 1954)
Directed by Kurt Neumann. Cast: Scott Brady, Raymond Burr, Johanna Matz, Ingrid Stenn. A "white slavery" melodrama filmed on location in Rio De Janeiro. Innocent young Johanna Metz is hired for a supposed modelling job in Brazil. Upon her arrival, she finds herself broke, stranded and at the beck and call of a criminal gang. Escaping from the crooks, Johanna is rescued by Scott Brady, an engineer in the employ of tycoon Raymond Burr. Unfortunately, Burr turns out to be the leader of the gang from whom Johanna has escaped. 78 min. DVD 8237
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Manoranjan (India, 1974)
Directed by Shammi Kapoor. An upright beat copy, working the red light district, desperately tries to hang on to his values in such an amoral environment. Then he falls for a hooker and sets out to reform her. 158 min. DVD 3468
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Mausam (India, 1975)
Director, Gulzar. Dr. Amarnath Gill discovers that his daughter -- born when he had a brief affair with Chanda before jilting her -- has grown up to be a prostitute. The daugher, Kajli hates her unknown father, but in the course of the film relents and accepts him. In Hindi without subtitles. 156 min. 999:2938
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Mighty Aphrodite (1995)
Directed by Woody Allen. Cast: F. Murray Abraham, Woody Allen, Claire Bloom, Helena Bonham Carter, Olympia Dukakis, Michael Rapaport, Mira Sorvino, David Ogden Stiers, Jack Warden, Peter Weller. In this comic feature a sportswriter tries to track down the mother of his adopted son and discovers she is a prostitute and pornographic film star. 95 min. DVD 107
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Mona Lisa (UK, 1986)
Directed by Neil Jordan. Cast: Bob Hoskins, Cathy Tyson, Robbie Coltrane, Michael Caine, Clarke Peters, Sammi Davis, Kate Hardie, Zoe Nathenson. George, an ex-con employed as a chauffeur to an enigmatic, high-class call girl, initially detests her but winds up under her spell. His fascination with her leads him on a dangerous quest through the sordid underbelly of London, where love is a weakness to be exploited and betrayed. 104 min. DVD 1927
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James, Joy. "Black femmes fatales and sexual abuse in progressive 'white' cinema: Neil Jordan's Mona Lisa and The Crying Game" Camera Obscura; NO. 36, SEPTEMBER, 1995; pp. 32-47, 16p UC users only
Salih, Sara. "Coda: modern mulattos: Mona Lisa and The crying game." In: Representing mixed race in Jamaica and England from the abolition era to the present / Sara Salih. New York : Routledge, 2011. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PR9265.05 .S35 2011)
Zilliax A. "The scorpion and the frog: agency and identity in Neil Jordan's 'The Crying Game'." Camera Obscura, no. 35 (May, 1995): 25-51 UC users only

Monika (Sommaren med Monika)(Sweden, 1953)
Directed by Ingmar Bergman. Cast: Harriet Andersson (Monika), Lars Ekborg (Harry). A promiscuous girl and young boy leave the city to spend an idyllic summer. Monika, 17 years old and Harry Lund 19 years meet in a cafe. They spend a happy summer together, and soon Monika discovers that she is pregnant. They marry, but Monika is bored with taking care of the baby and the responsibilities of married life. She begins an affair with a former lover and their marriage falls apart. 82 min. DVD X4809; vhs 999:227
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Moulin Rouge! (Australia, 2001)
Director, Baz Luhrmann. Cast: Nicole Kidman, Ewan McGregor, John Leguizamo, Jim Broadbent, Richard Roxburgh, Garry McDonald, Jacek Koman, Matthew Whittet, Kerry Walker. Christian, an idealistic and impoverished young writer newly arrived in Montmartre, is haphazardly inducted into a circle of young bohemians led by Toulouse-Lautrec. A comedy of mistaken identities ensues, quickly enmeshing the young poet in a love triangle involving the unobtainable and consumptive Satine, queen courtesan of the Moulin Rouge, and the foppish Duke of Roxbury, his villainous rival for her affections. Special features (Disc 1): theatrical trailers: production commentary by Baz Luhrmann, Catherine Martin, and Don McAlpine: writing commentary by Baz Luhrmann and Craig Pearce: 8 behind-the-scenes branches. (Disc 2): The making of Moulin Rouge HBO Special: 5 "Star" featurettes: earlier drafts of screenplay: 6 extended scenes & 4 re-cut dance sequences: interview with John "Cha Cha" O'Connell and Caroline O'Connor: dance pre-shoots: 3 multi-angle dance sequences: 2 music videos: live MTV performance: design and marketing gallery. 128 min. DVD 976
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Awards

Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards - Best Director
Golden Globe Awards, USA - Best Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical
National Board of Review, USA - Best Film

Åstrom, Berit. "Referred pain: privileging male emotions in narrative instances of female physical suffering" Journal of Gender Studies Volume 20, Issue 2, 2011 UC users only
Bell, Philip. "Moulin rouge!: Baz Luhrmann, Australia, 2001." In: The cinema of Australia and New Zealand / edited by Geoff Mayer & Keith Beattie. London ; New York : Wallflower Press, 2007. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.A8 C55 2007)
Bennett, Kathryn Conner. "The Gender Politics of Death." Journal of Popular Film and Television, Fall 2004, Vol. 32 Issue 3, p110-120, 11p UC users only
Cyrino, Monica S. "To Love and Toulouse: The Orpheus and Eurydice Theme in Marcel Camus' Black Orpheus (1959) and Baz Luhrmann's Moulin Rouge (2001)." Classical & Modern Literature, Spring2008, Vol. 28 Issue 1, p129-147, 19p
Della Giusta, Marina; Scuriatti, Laura "The show must go on: Making money glamorizing oppression" European Journal of Women's Studies; V. 12, NO. 1, 2005; pp. 31-44, 14p UC users only
Gopal, Sangita; Moorti, Sujata. "Bollywood in Drag: Moulin Rouge! and the Aesthetics of Global Cinema." Camera Obscura, Sep2010, Vol. 24 Issue 75, p28-67, 40p UC users only
Jones, Kent. "Moulin Rouge!" Film Comment, vol. 37, no. 3, pp. 22-25, May 2001
Kehler, Grace. "Still for Sale: Love Songs and Prostitutes from "La Traviata" to "Moulin Rouge."" Mosaic: A Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Literature, Jun2005, Vol. 38 Issue 2, Mosaic: A Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Literature, Jun2005, Vol. 38 Issue 2, p145-162, 18p UC users only
Kinder, Marsha. "Moulin Rouge!" Film Quarterly, vol. 55, no. 3, pp. 52-59, Spring 2002 UC users only
Larson, Katherine. "Silly Love Songs: The Impact of Puccini's La Bohème on the Intertextual Strategies of Moulin Rouge!" Journal of Popular Culture, Dec2009, Vol. 42 Issue 6, p1040-1052, 13p; UC users only
Magedanz, Stacy. "Allusion as Form: The Waste Land and Moulin Rouge!" Orbis Litterarum, 2006, Vol. 61 Issue 2, p160-179, 20p UC users only
Mina Yang. "Moulin Rouge! and the Undoing of Opera." Cambridge Opera Journal, Nov2008, Vol. 20 Issue 3, p269-282, 14p UC users only
Morace, Robert A.Morace, Robert A. "Delirious Postmodernism: Baz Luhrmann's Moulin Rouge." In: Modern and postmodern cutting edge films / edited by Anthony D. Hughes ; with Miranda J. Hughes. Newcastle : Cambridge Scholars, 2008. (Main (Gardner) Stacks New books PN1994 .M58 2008)
Pierson, Michele. "A Production Designer's Cinema: Historical Authenticity in Popular Films Set in the Past." In: Spectacle of the real: from Hollywood to reality TV and beyond / edited by Geoff King. Bristol ; Portland : Intellect Books, 2005. (Full-text available online [UC Berkeley users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1992.8.R43 S64 2005)
Van der Merwe, Anne. "Music, the Musical, and Postmodernism in Baz Luhrmann's Moulin Rouge." Music and the Moving Image, Fall 2010, Vol. 3 Issue 3, p31-38, 8p UC users only

Mrs. Warren's Profession (UK, 1972)
Directed by Herbert Wise. Cast: Robert Powell, Kate Nicholls, Richard Everett, Judy Parfitt, Kika Markham, Patrick Magee, Cyril Cusak and Warren Clarke). Coral Browne, Penelope Wilton, James Grout, Derek Godfrey, Robert Powell, Richard Pearson. What is the profession that has enabled Mrs. Warren to give her daughter all the benefits of good society? Vivie Warren discovers her mother's secrets and embraces her own power as a 'modern' woman. Based on the play by George Bernard Shaw. 109 min. DVD 5753
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La Mujer del Puerto (The Woman of the Port) (Mexico, 1933)
Directed by Arcady Botyler. Cast: Andrea Palma, Domingo Soler, Consuelo Segarra, Luisa Obregon, Joaquin Busquets, Arturo Manrique Panseco. Rosario becomes a prostitute after losing her father and discovering her boyfriend had a liaison with another woman. In Veracruz, Rosario lives above a sordid cabaret "selling her love to the men coming from the sea." One night, sailor Alberto rescues Rosario from the dirty hands of a drunken man. They get along and go to Rosario's room. After making love, they begin to talk and Rosario discovers they're siblings. Based on stories by Guy De Maupassant and Leo Tolstoy. Special features: Scene selection; photo gallery; theatrical trailers of 1933 and 1949 versions. 76 min. DVD 6559
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My Son the Fanatic (UK / France, 1999)
Directed by Udayan Prasad. Parvez, a cab driver who left Pakistan for Great Britain in search of a better life must choose between his relationship with his disinterested wife, his increasingly Islamic fundamentalist son and his friendship with a prostitute who provides him support and tenderness he does not experience within his own family. 87 min. DVD 9114; vhs 999:2649
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Nana (France, 1926)
Directed by Jean Renoir. Cast: Catherine Hessling, Werner Krauss, Jean Angelo, Pierre Philippe, Valeska Gert. In this early French silent film, a women rises from poverty to become a dance hall queen and courtesan in 1860s Paris, destroying the lives of the men who fall in love with her. From the novel by Emile Zola. 140 min. DVD 7586; also Non-US (PAL) format DVD 6052
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Braudy, Leo "Zola on Film: The Ambiguities of Naturalism Zola on Film: The Ambiguities of Naturalism." Yale French Studies, No. 42, Zola (1969), pp. 68-88 UC users only
Zola and film : essays in the art of adaptation Edited by Anna Gural-Migdal and Robert Singer. Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., c2005. (MAIN: PQ2538 .Z64 2005)

Never on a Sunday (Pote tin Kyriaki) (Greece, 1960)
Directed by Jules Dassin. Cast: Melina Mercouri, Jules Dassin, George Foundas, Titos Vandis, Mitsos Lygizos, Dimitri Papamichael, Alexis Solomos. The Pygmalion-like story of a Greek prostitute and the American who decides to educate her in the hope that she will abandon her streetwalking. 93 min. DVD 5356
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"Never on Sunday." Film Quarterly, Vol. 14, No. 2. (Winter, 1960), p. 62.
Tsitsopoulou, Vassiliki. "Greekness, Gender Stereotypes, and the Hollywood Musical in Jules Dassin's Never on Sunday." Journal of Modern Greek Studies, vol. 18, no. 1, pp. 79-93, May 2000 UC users only

Nights of Cabiria (Le Notti di Cabiria) (Italy, 1957)
Directed by Federico Fellini. Cast: Giulietta Masina, Francois Perier, Franca Marzi, Amedeo Nazzari. Cabiria, a prostitute, throws herself into endless love affairs with the frantic persistence of a trapped bird, dashing body and soul against the vain hope of securing marriage and a happy family life. Special DVD features: Uncut, restored theatrical re-release version with 7 minute "man with a sack" sequence; interview with former Fellini assistant Dominique Delouche ; audio interview with producer Dino De Laurentiis ; original and re-release theatrical trailers ; excerpt from Fellini's The White Sheik, in which Masina makes her first appearance as Cabiria ; restoration demonstration. 110 min. DVD 66; VHS 999:361
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Noite escura (In the Darkness of the Night) (Portugal, 2004)
Directed by João Canijo. Cast: Rita Blanco, Beatriz Batarda, Fernando Luis, Cleia Almeida. A Portuguese family has to deal with the Russian Mafia after a deal goes terribly wrong. The small family runs a provincial whorehouse, and may have to sacrifice their youngest daughter to prostitution in order to survive. 94 min. Non-US (PAL) format. DVD 5177
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Pandora's Box (Die Büchse der Pandora) (Germany, 1928)
Directed by G.W. Pabst. Cast: Louise Brooks, Fritz Kortner, Franz Lederer, Carl Goetz, Krafft-Raschig, Alice Roberts; Daisy d'Ora, Gustav Diessl. Follows the downward spiral of the fiery, brash, yet innocent showgirl Lulu, whose sexual vivacity has a devastating effect on everyone with whom she comes in contact until she is finally murdered by Jack the Ripper. Adapted from the plays "Erdgeist" and "Die Bueschse der Pandora" by Frank Wedekind. Special features: Four musical scores, each offering its own interpretation of the film; Audio commentary by film scholars Thomas Elsaesser and Mary Ann Doane; "Louise Brooks: looking for Lulu" (1998), a 60-minute documentary by Hugh Munro Neeley; "Lulu in Berlin" (1971), a rare, 48-minute interview with Louise Brooks by verite documentarian Richard Leacock and Susan Steinberg Woll; New video interviews with Leacock, about Brooks, and Michael Pabst the director's son; Stills gallery; Book featuring Kenneth Tynan's 1979 essay "The girl in the black helmet," an article by Louise Brooks on her relationship with Pabst, and a new essay by critic J. Hoberman. 110 min. DVD 6629; vhs 999:31
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Pakeezah (India, 1971)
Directed by Kamal Amrohi. In Muslim Lucknow at the turn of the century a dancer/courtesan dreams of escaping her dishonorable life but, rejected by her husband's family, dies in a graveyard giving birth to a daughter who grows up to become a courtesan as well, but eventually does find happiness in marriage and acceptance in her father's family. 148 min. DVD 1531
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Pandora's Box (Die Büchse der Pandora) (1928)
Directed by G.W. Pabst. Cast: Louise Brooks, Fritz Kortner, Franz Lederer, Carl Goetz, Krafft-Raschig, Alice Roberts; Daisy d'Ora, Gustav Diessl. Follows the downward spiral of the fiery, brash, yet innocent showgirl Lulu, whose sexual vivacity has a devastating effect on everyone with whom she comes in contact until she is finally murdered by Jack the Ripper. Adapted from the plays "Erdgeist" and "Die Bueschse der Pandora" by Frank Wedekind. Special features: Four musical scores, each offering its own interpretation of the film; Audio commentary by film scholars Thomas Elsaesser and Mary Ann Doane; "Louise Brooks: looking for Lulu" (1998), a 60-minute documentary by Hugh Munro Neeley; "Lulu in Berlin" (1971), a rare, 48-minute interview with Louise Brooks by verite documentarian Richard Leacock and Susan Steinberg Woll; New video interviews with Leacock, about Brooks, and Michael Pabst the director's son; Stills gallery; Book featuring Kenneth Tynan's 1979 essay "The girl in the black helmet," an article by Louise Brooks on her relationship with Pabst, and a new essay by critic J. Hoberman. 110 min. DVD 6629; vhs 999:31
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The Photograph (Indonesia | France | Netherlands | Sweden | Switzerland, 2007)
Directed by Nan Achnas. Cast: Lim Kay Tong, Shanty, Lukman Sardi, Indy Barends. Sita is a spirited young woman working to support her family as a singer and prostitute in a local brothel. Always short of funds and bullied by her pimp, she convinces an elderly portrait photographer, Mr. Johan, to rent her a room. The unlikely bond that develops between Sita and Mr. Johan is the basis of this poignant human drama about the profound effect one life can have on another. 97 min. DVD X6055
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Princesas (Spain, 2005)
Directed by Fernando León de Aranoa. Cast: Candela Peña, Micaela Nevarez, Mariana Gordero. Caye, a Madrid prostitute, comes to the aid of Zulema, a Dominican streetwalker beaten by a government official blackmailing her for free sex. They form a strong bond and imagine themselves as royalty, to offer them a glimpse of hope. 114 min. DVD 7849
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Pyaasa (India, 1957)
Directed by Guru Dutt. Vijay, an unsuccessful poet, elects to live on streets where a young prostitute, Gulab falls in love with him and his poetry. When a dead beggar to whom Vijay gave his coat is mistaken for Vijay, Gulab has his poetry published in a book which becomes a best seller. Everyone who previously rejected Vijay now gathers to pay tribute to the dead poet, but Visjay disrupts the celebration with a passionate song denouncing hypocrisy and wrongly-placed social values. 146 min. DVD 3541; also VHS 999:2470
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Ram teri ganga maili (India, 1985)
Directed by Raj Kapoor. Cast: Cast: Rajiv Kapoor, Mandakini, Divya Rana, Sayeed Jaffery, Raza Murad. Naren, the son of an evil industrialist falls for Ganga, a country girl but is forced by his family to abandon her when she becomes pregnant. Ganga, now an abandoned single mother, falls prey to a brothel madam who sells her to Bhagwat, who's daughter is slated to marry Naren. The final reunion of the lead couple takes place with the support of Naren's canny uncle. This is the last film directed by Raj Kapoor before his death. 178 min. DVD 1974
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Revanche (Austria, 2008)
Director, Götz Spielmann. Cast: Johannes Krisch, Irina Potapenko, Ursula Strauss, Andreas Lust, Hannes Thanheiser, Hanno Pöschl. In a ragged section of Vienna, hardened ex-con Alex works in a brothel, where he falls for Ukrainian hooker Tamara. Their desperate plans for escape unexpectedly intersect with the lives of a rural cop and his seemingly content wife. Special features (Disc 2): New video interview with Spielmann; "The making of Revanche," a half-hour documentary shot on the set; Foreign land (Fremdland), Spielmann's award-winning student short film, with an introduction by the director; U.S. theatrical trailer. 122 min. DVD X2700
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El Rey Pasmado (Spain / France / Portugal, 1996)
Directed by Imanol Uribe. It is the 17th century and the king of Spain is a young man, inexperienced in politics and love. Nevertheless, he soon discovers a world of new sensations in the arms of Marfisa, one of the most beautiful prostitutes of the court. The news runs from mouth to mouth, filtering through the walls of the palace. Spanish without titles. Based on the novel Cronica del Rey Pasmado by Gonzalo Torrente Ballester. 105 min. Spanish without subtitles. DVD 3316; also VHS (PAL) 999:1780
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La Ronde (France / Italy, 1964)
Director Roger Vadim. Cast: Marie Dubois, Claude Giraud, Anna Karina, Jean-Claude Brialy, Jane Fonda, Maurice Ronet, Catherine Spaak, Bernard Noel, Francine Berge, Jean Sorel. A chain of love started between a young whore and a soldier ends with the same whore after having gone full circle through various characters. Based on the novel by Arthur Schnitzler. 110 min. DVD 4996
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La Ronde (Roundabout) (France, 1950)
Directed by Max Ophuls. Cast: Simone Signoret, Danielle Darrieux, Jean-Louis Barrault, Anton Walbrook, Odette Joyeux, Gérard Philipe. Comedy set in 1900 Vienna; a chain of love started between a young prostitute and a soldier goes full circle when the soldier ends up with her after meeting various characters. 92 min. DVD X170; vhs 999:271
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Alter, Maria P. "From Der Reigen to La Ronde: Transposition of a Stageplay to the Cinema." Literature/ Film Quarterly, vol. 24 no. 1. 1996. pp: 52-56.
Williams, Alan. "Keep the Circle Turning: Ophuls's La Ronde." In Modern European Filmmakers and the Art of Adaptation / edited by André w Horton and Joan Magretta. pp: 38-50. New York: F. Ungar Pub. Co., 1981. Series title: Ungar film library. (UCB Main PN1997.85 .M66; UCB Moffitt PN1997.85 .M66)

Rue Saint Denis(France, 1965)
Directed by Jean-Daniel Pollet. Cast: Micheline Dax, Claude Melki. An experienced prostitute picks up a virginal dishwasher. Short film, part of the anthology Six in Paris (Paris vu par... ) DVD X399

Sauve qui peut (la vie) (Slow Motion)(France, 1979)
Directed by Jean-Luc Godard. Cast: Isabelle Huppert, Jacques Dutronc, Nathalie Baye, with the voice of Marguerite Duras. This parody of modern life revolves around three characters who are all at turning points in their lives--the country girl who comes to the city to be a prostitute, the city woman who decides to give up her job and pursue an idyllic life in the country, and a television director who is separated from his wife and daughter. Special features: "Scenario vidéo Sauve qui peut (La vie)": some notes on the direction and production of the film; filmographies & biographies. 84 min. DVD X1261
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Schamlos (France / Austria / West Germany, 1968)
Director, Eddy Saller. Cast: Udo Kier, Rolf Eden, Marina Paal, Joe Palt, Herbert Kersten, Louis Soldan Inge Toifl, Vladimir Medar, Thomas Astor. In this violent sex-riddled crime drama Pohlmann, a young racketeer, falls in love with an exotic dancer, who gets murdered. Seeking revenge, Pohlmann investigates in the caravans that are used as mobile whorehouses and threatens everyone he meets with violence. In German without subtitles. 75 min. DVD 7707
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Shanghai Triad (Yao a yao, yao tao wai po chiao) (China, France, 1995)
Director, Zhang Yimou. Cast: Gong Li, Li Baotian, Li Xuejian, Sun Chun, Wang Xiaoxiao. The charms of an alluring prostitute are used as bait between feuding ganglords against a dramatic backdrop of 1930s Shanghai in this exotic and captivating thriller. Freely adapted from the novel "Gang Law" by Li Xiao. 109 min. DVD 546
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Shen Nu Goddess (Goddess of Shanghai) (China, 1934)
Director, Yonggang Wu. Cast: Ruan Lingyu, Zhang Zhizhi, Li Keng, Tian Jian. A young woman can only support and educate her son by working as a prostitute in 1930s Shanghai. One of the rare films of famed Chinese star Ruan Lingyu. 74 min. DVD 5995
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Single Room furnished(1968)
Directed by Matt Cimber. Cast: Jayne Mansfield, Dorothy Keller In her last performance, Jayne Mansfield portrays an innocent, voluptuous teenager who becomes a deserted pregnant wife, a waitress and a demented street-walker. This film also includes a side plot featuring a love story between two neighbors. 93 min. DVD X5537
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Special Treatment (Sans queue ni tête)(France | Luxembourg | Belgium, 2010)
Directed by Jeanne Labrune. Cast: Bouli Lanners, Isabelle Huppert, Richard Debuisne, Sabila Moussadek. Alice is a high-class prostitute who serves up sexual fantasies for her clientele, from school girl innocence to S&M. Fed up with the seamy underbelly of French masculinity she crosses paths with Xavier, a neurotic psychoanalyst facing a marriage crisis. The two quickly realize their professions share a thing or two in common as they navigate the overlapping worlds of psychotherapy and sex therapy. 95 min. DVD X7121
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Story of a Prostitute (Shunpuden) (Japan, 1964)
Directed by Seijun Suzuki. Cast: Tamio Kawachi, Yumiko Nogawa, Isao Tamagawa, Shoichi Ozawa, Tomiko Ishikawa, Kazuko Imai, Megumi Wakaba, Kayo Matsuo, Kentaro Kaji. Volunteering as a "comfort woman" on the Manchurian front where she is expected to service hundreds of soliders, Harumi is commandeered by the brutal Lieutenant Narita but falls for the sensitive Mikami, Narita's direct subordinate. 96 min. DVD 4440
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Street of Shame (Akasen chitai)(Japan, 1956)
Director, Kenji Mizoguchi. Cast: Machiko Kyo, Ayako Wakao, Yasuko Kawakami. In a brothel in Tokyo's red-light district, a group of working women, their profession on the verge of being outlawed, deal with life's disappointments, large and small. This beautiful, humane film was Mizoguchi's last. 85 min. DVD X528; also DVD X1681
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McDonald, Keiko. "Thematic Conflict and Mode of Representation in Mizoguchi's Street of Shame." In: Holding the vision : essays on film : proceedings of the First Annual Film Conference of Kent State University, April 21, 1983 [Kent, Ohio] : International Film Society, Kent State University, c1983. (MAIN: PN1995 .F4577 1983; Storage Info: C 2 843 031)

Three Times (Zui hao de shi guang) (France / Taiwan, 2005)
Directed by Hou Hsiao-hsien. Cast: Zhang Zhen, Shu Qi. A rapturous and beautiful love story set in three different eras - a pool hall in 1966, a 1911 brothel, and present-day Taipei. The director brings to life the culture of each period as the tales unfold. 45 min. DVD 6514
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A Tokyo Woman (Tokyo no onna) (Japan, 1933)
Directed by Ozu Yasujiro. In order to earn money to put her younger brother, Ryoichi, through school Chikako works as a typist by day and moonlights in a seedy bar at night. Unfortunately Ryoichi commits suicide when he learns that his sister earned much of the money as a prostitute. 45 min. 999:3689
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True Romance (1993)
Directed by Tony Scott; written by Quentin Tarantino. Cast: Christian Slater, Patricia Arquette, Dennis Hopper, Val Kilmer, Gary Oldman, Brad Pitt, Christopher Walken. After falling in love with a novice prostitute, a comic-store assistant Clarence (Christian Slater) confronts her vicious pimp, and embarks on a cross-country odyssey with $5 million worth of stolen Mafia cocaine. Mayhem ensues, culminating in a favorite Tarantino climax--the "Mexican standoff"--in which a roomful of guys are pointing guns at each other, waiting to see who shoots first. 121 min. DVD X3451
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A Very Curious Girl (La Fiancée du pirate) (1969)
Directed by Nelly Kaplan. Cast: Bernadette LaFont, Georges Geret, Michel Constantin, Julien Guiomar. A beautiful peasant girl is known intimately by most of the men in her village. Tired of enduring the physical abuse and the sexual exploitation for free, she starts to charge a fee for her services. Suddenly she has more power than she ever dreamed of. 105 min. vhs 999:1821
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Giukin, Lenuta. "Demystification and Webtopia in the Films of Nelly Kaplan" Cinema Journal 42:3 (Spring 2003) Go to Journal Issue p. 96-113 UC users only
Greene, Linda. "A very curious girl: politics of a feminist fantasy." Jump Cut; March/April, 1975 Issue 6, p13-14, 2p
Kay, Karyn. "French Cinema: The Revenge of Pirate Jenny a Very Curious Girl: Part One." The Velvet Light Trap 9 (Summer 1973) p. 46 UC users only
Waldman, Diane. "French Cinema: The Eternal Return of Circe A Very Curious Girl: Part Two." The Velvet Light Trap 9 (Summer 1973) p. 49 UC users only

Vivre sa vie: Film en douze tableaux (My Life to Live) (1962)
Directed by Jean-Luc Godard. Contemplates the soul of a girl who leaves her husband and child to become a prostitute, then tries to quit because she falls in love. Based on the book "Où en est la postitution", by Marcel Sacotte. Special features: Audio commentary featuring film scholar Adrian Martin; Video interview with film scholar Jean Narboni, conducted by historian Noël Simsolo; Television interview from 1962 with actress Anna Karina; Excerpts from a 1961 French television exposé on prostitution; Illustrated essay on La prostitution, the book that served as inspiration for the film; Stills gallery; director Jean-Luc Godard's original theatrical trailer. Booklet. Godard's original scenario from 1962; "The lost girl" essay by critic Michael Atkinson; "Godard on Vivre sa vie", interviews with Godard; "An audacious experiment: the soundtrack of Vivre sa vie" by Jean Collet. 85 min. DVD X7253; DVD 121; vhs 999:559
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Walk on the Wild Side (1962)
Director, Edward Dmytryk. Cast: Laurence Harvey, Capucine, Jane Fonda, Barbara Stanwyck, Anne Baxter. At the Doll House, a 1930's New Orleans bordello, Hallie is the main attraction both for clients and for Jo, the madame. Her comfortable if tedious life is disrupted by the arrival in town of Dove Linkhorn, her true love of three years before who is now searching for her. Based on the novel by Nelson Algren. 112 min. DVD X3377
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Women of the Night (oru no onnatachi)(Japan, 1948)
Director, Kenji Mizoguchi. Cast: Kinuyo Tanaka, Sanae Takasugi, Tomie Tsunoda, Mitsuo Nagata. Filmed on location in Osaka, Women of the night concerns two sisters, Fusako, a war widow, and Natsuko, in an affair with a narcotics smuggler, who, along with their younger friend Kumiko, descend into prostitution and moral chaos amid the postwar devastation surrounding them. Based on the novel Joseimatsuri by Eijiro Hisaita. 74 min. DVD X527
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Working Girls (1986)
Director, Lizzie Borden. Cast: Louise Smith, Ellen McElduff, Amanda Goodwin, Marusia Zach, Janne Peters, Helen Nicholas. Director Lizzie Borden spent six months interviewing real prostitutes for this drama featuring a typical day in the life of a group of New York City prostitutes. Together these women deal with everything from the mundane to the profane while servicing men of all shapes, sizes and odd fetishes. 93 min. DVD X3377
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Zegen (Japan, 1998)
Director, Imamura Shohei. Cast: Baisho Chieko, Ogata Ken. A dramatization of the life of Muraoka Iheiji who was active as a pimp in Southeast Asia from approximately 1910 through the early 1930's. He got his start by rescuing women from pirates in Hong Kong and gradually branched out to own 4 houses of prostitution at the peak of his career. 128 min. vhs 999:3245
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American Gigolo(1980)
Director, Paul Schrader. Cast: Richard Gere, Lauren Hutton, Hector Elizondo, Nina Van Pallandt, Bill Duke. Julian Kay is on the prowl and looking for someone to please. Boyish and sensual, he speaks five or six languages, and is equally comfortable as a chauffeur for a wealthy middle-aged matron, and as a translator/companion for the lonely wife of an executive. He is the American gigolo. But Julian's love-for-sale lifestyle turns deadly when a client is murdered and Julian becomes the prime suspect. 116 min. DVD 2303
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Bliss, Michael. "Affliction and forgiveness: an interview with Paul Schrader." Film Quarterly; Fall 2000, Vol. 54 Issue 1, p2-9, 8p UC users only
Kouvaros, George. Paul Schrader / George Kouvaros. Urbana : University of Illinois Press, c2008. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.3.S358 K68 2008)
Quart, Leonard, "These are very uncertain times: an interview with Paul Schrader." Cineaste; 1998, Vol. 24 Issue 1, p12-14, 3pQuart, Leonard UC users only
Schrader on Schrader / edited by Kevin Jackson. London ; Boston : Faber and Faber, 1990. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.3.S33 A5 1990)

Flesh.(1968)
Producer, Andy Warhol; writer/director, Paul Morrissey. Cast: Joe Dallesandro, Geraldine Smith, Patti D'Arbinville. Joe, a bisexual prostitute, takes to the streets and meets an artist with elaborate and hilarious theories of body worship, a couple of transvestites, a dumb ex-girlfriend, and a friend whose armpits have been burned by a flame thrower. 90 min. DVD 8867; DVD 6384; vhs 999:975
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Hustler White (1996)
Directed by Bruce LaBruce and Rick Castro. Cast: Tony Ward, Bruce LaBruce, Alex Austin, Kevin Kramer, Ron Athey, Glen Meadmore. A satirical comedy about male hustling in Los Angeles. Santa Monica hustler Montgomery Ward leads a lovelorn sociologist into the seedy underbelly of L.A.'s gay porn milieu in this blend of social satire, romantic comedy and graphic, unromantic sexuality. 81 min. DVD X5118
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Macho Dancer (Philippines, 1988)
Director, Lino Brocka. Cast: Jacklyn Jose, Daniel Fernando, Princess Punzalan, Alan Paule. Abandoned by his American lover, a handsome filipino teenager from the mountains journeys to Manila in an effort to support his family. With a popular call boy as his mentor, Paul enters the glittering world of the "macho dancer" -- a world of male strippers, prostitution, drugs, sexual slavery, police corruption and murder. 136 min. DVD X1066; vhs 999:3520
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Midnight Cowboy (1969)
Directed by John Schlesinger. Cast: Dustin Hoffman, Jon Voight, Brenda Vaccaro, John McGiver, Ruth White, Sylvia Miles, Barnard Hughes. A Texas "cowboy" takes a bus to New York in search of lonely, rich women who will pay for his sexual services, but instead spends a hard winter looking after a dying derelict. Vito Russo has commented: When buddy films returned in the late Sixties, the presence onscreen of homosexual characters was a perfect way of saying, 'Oh, no, /this isn't what we mean at all.' Homosexuals drew suspicion away from the buddies--it was yardstick time again." (The Celluloid Closet, p. 80-83) DVD 5254; vhs 999:986
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My Hustler (1965)
Directed by Andy Warhol. Cast: Paul America, Ed Hood, John MacDermott, Joseph Campbell, Genevieve Charbon, Dorothy Dean. Experimental film in which an aging "queen" on Fire Island has rented a weekend companion from "Dial-A-Hustler", only to compete with his male and female neighbors for the young man's attention. 70 min. DVD 4214
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Moon, M. "Outlaw sex and the "search for America": representing male prostitution and perverse desire in sixties film (My hustler and Midnight cowboy)." In: A small boy and others : imitation and initiation in American culture from Henry James to Andy Warhol / by Michael Moon. Durham [N.C.] : Duke University Press, 1998. (Main Stack HQ76.25.M66 1998)

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My Own Private Idaho. (1991)
Directed by Gus Van Sant. Cast: River Phoenix, Keanu Reeves, James Russo, William Richert, Rodney Harvey, Michael Parker, Flea, Chiara Caselli, Udo Kier. "In this modern restructuring of the 60's road movie, River Phoenix and Keanu Reeves hustle their way through Seattle, Portland, Idaho and Rome on a quest for River's missing mother. With a meticulous lyric style, the film combines sprawling landscapes, scenes of passionless sexuality, and allusions to Orson Welles' Chimes at Midnightas it addresses issues of love, family, politics, and homosexuality." (Facets, catalog 12) 105 min. DVD 8065; vhs 999:1316
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Mysterious Skin (1991)
Directed by Gregg Araki. Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Brady Corbet, Elisabeth Shue, Michelle Trachtenberg. At age 8, Neil and Brian played on the same baseball team in their small Kansas hometown. Now 10 years later, Neil is a hustler and Brian a nervous introvert who believes he has been abducted by aliens. As their lives intersect, they discover a shared past shrouded in mystery. 99 min. DVD 4625
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Speaking Parts (1982)
Directed by Atom Egoyan. Cast: Michael McManus, Arsinee Khanjian, Gabrielle Rose, Tony Nardi, David Hemblen, Patricia Collins, Gerard Parkes. A struggling actor working as a hotel custodian and gigolo finds himself the obsessional object of two women: a scriptwriter he hustled for a part in a movie and a hotel maid. Their tangled web of psycho-sexual desires ultimately leads to death. 92 min. DVD 5340
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Star Maps (1997)
Directed by Miguel Arteta. Cast: Douglas Spain, Efrain Figueroa, Kandyce Jorden, Martha Velez, Lysa Flores, Annette Murphy, Robin Thomas, Vincent Chandler, Al Vicente. Carlos, a naive young man, works for his father selling star maps which point the way to the homes of some of Hollywood's biggest celebrities. But his job is really a front for a prostitution ring, and in this city of illusions, Carlos' plan to use one of his customers to help him get a movie role just may be the biggest illusion of all. 90 min. vhs 999:2855
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Strapped (2010)
Directed by Joseph Graham. Cast: Ben Bonenfant, Nick Frangione, Carlo D'Amore, Paul Gerrior, Artem Mishin, Michael Klinger, Raphael Barker. A handsome young prostitute learns about life and love during a sex-filled odyssey in an apartment building filled with strange inhabitants. DVD X6523
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Sunset Blvd. (1950)
Directed by Billy Wilder. Cast: William Holden, Gloria Swanson, Erich von Stroheim. "In Hollywood of the 50's, the obscure screenplay writer Joe Gillis is not able to sell his work to the studios, is full of debts and is thinking in returning to his hometown to work in an office. While trying to escape from his creditors, he has a flat tire and parks his car in a decadent mansion in Sunset Boulevard. He meets the owner and former silent-movie star Norma Desmond, who lives alone wit her butler and driver Max von Mayerling. Norma is demented and believes she will return to the cinema industry, and is protected and isolated from the world by Max, who was his director and husband in the past and still loves her. Norma proposes Joe to move to the mansion and help her in writing a screenplay for her comeback to the cinema, and the small-time writer becomes her lover and gigolo. When Joe falls in love for the young aspirant writer Betty Schaefer, Norma becomes jealous and completely insane and her madness leads to a tragic end." [IMDB] 110 min. DVD 1476; vhs 999:182
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