The Casting Couch and Other Front Row Seats: Women in Films of the 1970s and 1980s


This collection of film reviews and essays focuses on the role of women in films during the 1970s and 1980s. The author examines the shifting portrayals of women from the almost anti-progressive treatment of women in the early 1970s through the integration of more progressive professional women in the films of the late 1980s. She shows that most of the important movies of the period were about women and that these films seemed to reflect the momentous changes that women were going through in the society at large. The analysis is augmented with personal interviews with leading female actresses of the period.

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