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Is "Vagabond" a feminist film? Why or why not? Use some of the ideas from the readings to develop your own ideas.

I believe Anges Varda's film Vegabond is a feminist film because of the way Varda challenges background assumptions of women in road films. The way in which the audience looks at Mona supports Hottel's thesis to a certain extent. At the beginning of the film the idea of Mona being so filthy and so opposite of the female stereotype seen on film is somewhat unnerving and uncomfortable. However, as the film goes on the audience starts to connect with Mona and becomes more comfortable with Mona's character. I think an important aspect in this comfort that comes to the audience is because of the way Varda captures Mona on screen. She is not objectified or "gazed" upon in a typical female way. Instead, she dominates the screen and is viewed as the control over what is happening on screen. Although Mona is never in the driver's seat she still has more control over the events happening in the film than Mike did in My Own Private Idaho. He was so vulnerable in every situation he found himself even though he was a male. While, Mona does possess this screen dominance Varda still incorporates real life situations that females face such as rape and gender slurs about how "she was a good fuck". This adds to the film being a feminist film because it does not ignore situations that are occurring everyday. I think the film would have been less empowering and unable to fit into the category of feminist film had it not included these scenes. Primarily because then the film would become to idealistic and Mona would no longer connect with the audience on a human level.

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This page contains a single entry by Cooper published on October 16, 2011 11:21 AM.

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