It's widely assumed that Britain in the 1950s experienced a return to traditional gender roles. Popular cinema has typically been seen to represent this era through the dominant image of the 'happy housewife'. "Femininity in the Frame" is a sharply observant account of how British cinema engaged with femininity and women's roles during this important period. Written in a lively and accessible(More)
About The Author
Melanie Bell is Lecturer in Film at Newcastle University. She has published widely in the areas of British film culture, gender and genre, and British women's writing on film. She has contributed to the 'Oxford Dictionary of National Biography' and co-edited 'British Women's Cinema' (2009).
More by Melanie Bell
Introduction: Women and 1950s British Popular Cinema
In this intriguing, adventurous book, Bell (Newcastle Univ., UK) looks at various cinematic constructions of femininity in 1950s British cinema, starting with science fiction films such as Four Sided Triangle (in which two brothers attempt to duplicate one woman, since both men wish to possess her) and Stolen Face (a plastic surgeon gives a hideously scarred woman(More)
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