The Painted Lady

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“The Painted Lady” “The Painted Lady” by D.W. Griffith is a film about the roles of men in women in the early 1900’s. At this time, women were considered inferior to men. This film shows how women were socialized into thinking that the only way to get a man was to put on makeup and wear certain outfits. Although it is a silent film, the subtitles and expressions on the actors’ faces depict exactly what the director was attempting to express. The main character is a young woman with a strict father and a pretty older sister. Her father tells her not to use makeup and she obeys his order. Her sister tries to persuade her that the only way to be pretty is to use makeup. When the shot moves to a festival, we see another character. This man is a con artist, who seduces the unpopular main character. Since he is the only man that pays any attention to her, she starts to sneak out to see him and falls in love with him. This part of the story expresses how a man could easily take advantage of a woman. In
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This note was uploaded on 02/17/2010 for the course FILM 3874 taught by Professor Devine during the Spring '10 term at SUNY Cortland.

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