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Flickor på film: En feministisk studie i hur flickor gestaltas i familjefilmer
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences.
2014 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

There exists a lot of research on how women are portrayed in movies, but there is very little on how girls are portrayed. This essay is about how girls are portrayed in family movies. The questions that are asked are: are there any differences between how women and girls are portrayed, and have the way that girls are portrayed changed through the decades?The movies that are analyses are: The Parent Trap (USA, 1961) and The Parent Trap (USA, 1998). In the movies there are two girls who have the lead, more precisely twins. Both films have the same narrative, making it easier to see if there are any differences between them.Whether there are differences in how women and girls are portrayed is discussed in the analysis four parts. The first part makes a comparative analysis between the girls and the women in the movies. The result is that they are portrayed differently. The women’s goal in the movies is to find love, and the girls’ isn’t. The girls also aren’t subjected to the male gaze in the same way as the women are. The second one makes a comparative analysis between the characters of both movies to see if they have any masculine and feminine traits, in accordance with Rikke Schubart’s theory about female heroes’ ambivalence. The result is that all four characters have both masculine and feminine traits. In the third part it becomes clear that the girls are noticeably active because they move the story forward, which is contrary to how women are usually portrayed. The forth part uses Mulvey’s theories about how women are objectified in movies. The girls aren’t portrayed as sex objects, because the camera only focused on the girls’ upper bodies, and in the remake they doesn’t display “to-be-looked-at ness” in the traditional manners.The difference between the original and the remakes are small. The twins portrayed where similar if you consider that they all four have masculine and female traits, are active and doesn’t get objectified. The difference lay in how it emerged and to what extent. In the original, the twins are more feminine than how they are presented in the remake. Also in the original, it is more clearly a love interest for the girls because there are boys in the movie, who also give them the male gaze.

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2014. , 34 p.
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Media and Communications
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-34595OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-34595DiVA: diva2:710433
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Medie- och kommunikationsvetenskap inriktning Film
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Available from: 2014-10-14 Created: 2014-04-07 Last updated: 2017-10-17Bibliographically approved

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