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Complicated Women (2003)

A look at actresses who starred in films with thought-provoking subjects made between 1929-1934 - before the Hollywood Production Code was enforced.

Director:

Hugh Munro Neely

Writers:

Mick LaSalle (based on the book by), Hugh Munro Neely | 1 more credit »
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Credited cast:
Jane Fonda ... Herself - Narrator (voice)
Frances Dee ... Herself
Kitty Carlisle ... Herself - Interviewee (as Kitty Carlisle Hart)
Molly Haskell ... Herself - Interviewee
Mick LaSalle ... Himself - Interviewee
Mae Madison ... Herself - Interviewee
Karen Morley ... Herself - Interviewee
Mark Vieira ... Himself - Interviewee
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Fred Astaire ... Himself (archive footage)
Robert Barrat ... Himself (archive footage)
John Barrymore ... Himself (archive footage)
Lionel Barrymore ... Himself (archive footage)
Wallace Beery ... Himself (archive footage)
Charles Bickford ... Himself (archive footage)
Virginia Bruce ... Herself (archive footage)
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Jane Fonda narrates the story of the years between the ascent of talkies until late in 1934, when the Hays Office cracked down on what it perceived as immorality in Hollywood movies. The emphasis is on how women were portrayed, and focuses on how they were much more liberated and equal (or superior) to men, until 1935 when they once again took subservient roles to their male co-stars. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 May 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mujeres liberadas See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Timeline Films See more »
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Connections

References Illicit (1931) See more »

Soundtracks

By a Waterfall
Written by Sammy Fain (music) and Irving Kahal (lyrics)
Used by permission of Warner/Chappell Music
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11 March 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Complicated Women (2003)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

Wonderful look at the women who made Pre-Code films from 1929-34. The film shows clips from the most popular films of the era and shines a spotlight on the women who brought the sexiness to these films. The film doesn't run too long, which is a shame because this era of Hollywood is so interesting but the movie does a good job of introducing this era to those who might not know too much about it. The discussion about the Catholic Church putting an end to this type of film is an interesting one. Jane Fonda narrates.


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