Philosophy 91 Prof. Nancy Bauer Philosophy and Film <[email protected]> Fall 2007 (H) 617-965- 4373 (O) x72343 Miner 1 (basement) Office hours: M & W 3-4 Study Questions: Gaslight 1. Gaslight focuses centrally on the torture of a woman. But it’s not the only film we have seen thus far that has portrayed women being poorly treated. (Think about Delilah in Unforgiven ; Marla in Fight Club ; Christa-Maria in The Lives of Others , and Judy (and Madeleine?) in Vertigo .) One might wonder whether these films participate in misogyny rather than just portray or indict it. How do we decide such questions? Mulvey has one answer: all mainstream narrative films turn on the violation of at least one woman via scopophilia, sadism, voyeurism, and/or fetishism. Another answer might be that we ought to judge each individual film as an individual film. In particular, we might decide to judge in each case whether the depiction of violence, psychological or physical, against a woman invariably constitutes a kind of misogyny. But there are complicated issues here.
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