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The Strange Love of Molly Louvain(1932)

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  • Lust Conquers All

    • disinterested spectator
    • 8/26/14

    In the opening scene of this movie, Ann Dvorak, who plays the title character, is crying because she is pregnant. Her rich boyfriend promises to marry her, but he quickly deserts her by leaving town. Richard Cromwell plays a clean-cut medical student who loves her, but she is attracted to a gangster and goes off with him instead, getting involved in a few of his crimes, and handing her daughter over to an orphanage. When she runs into Cromwell a few years later, he still loves her and wants to marry her and be a father to her daughter. At first she agrees to marry him, but she actually desires a hardboiled reporter who promises only that he will show her a good time for a while and then dump her. This makes her realize why her own mother abandoned her when she was a child, because when a woman really wants a man, nothing else matters. Cromwell walks in which they are kissing, and she tells him she has decided to run off with the reporter instead. In the last reel, the reporter has a change of heart, promises to help her fight the charges against her for her involvement with the gangster, and then marry her. That a fallen woman would reject the love of a good man like Cromwell (twice) and knowingly choose men who are scoundrels instead is amazing enough. That she should end up living happily ever after by doing so is a story that could exist only in the pre-Code universe. Or in real life.

  • The Power of Female Sexual Surrender....

    • Barry Fisher
    • 3/6/12

    This is an important movie.....she even uses the phrase "putting me on a pedestal" in addressing the sterotypical dehumanization of females in western culture.....She blows through the BS that women are pure and innocent and incapable of making profound decisions on their own and abnegating responsibility while at the same time she acknoledges the fact that a woman does in fact have to be either submissive or subordinate to men, men who percieve reality differently than women. This movie is a dirrect affront and challenge, indeed, a confrontration with the banalities of womens liberation while at the same time setting the dynamics straight in how men and women are cued to interact. In essence she is affirming that the old testiment....Adam and Eve....are a correct and viable paradigm which states that G-d made woman to be a helpmate for man....but not a helpless inept helpmate...but an extreemly powerful one that isn't afraid to be both a dominent being and a submissive one. An extreemly rare and insightful film that breaks away from ideas formulated in the l700s regarding the rational for womens rights and instead providing a visable example of the male/female dynamic is process. Bravo. Read the book that is the title of this review. Written in 1958 and ultimately surpressed by the womens lib. movement the reality of non-chilverous love/mating is finally...over a period of centuries...emerging. A far better replacement to the swings in psycho-social sexual behavior that has been tearing this country and other western contries aparart for decades. Great undiscovered movie.

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