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Discuss the representation of women in 'Some Like It Hot' and 'Alien 3'

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Discuss the representation of women in 'Some Like It Hot' and 'Alien 3' This essay will be about how women are and have been represented in films in the past and how they are represented nowadays. I will be looking at the roles and representations of women in 'Some Like It Hot' and 'Alien 3'. 'Some Like It Hot' was made in 1958. Marilyn Monroe starts in the comedy as Sugar Cane who is a very feminine musician. 'Alien 3' on the other hand was made 40 years after and is a sci-fi horror. Sigourney Weaver is the star of the film and plays the character Lt. Ripley. Unlike Sugar Cane, Lt. Ripley is a very tough and manly character. 'Some Like It Hot' is about two musicians. They witness a massacre and try to find a way out of the city before they are found and killed by the mob. The only job they can find is an all girl band so the two dress up as women. In addition to hiding, they both have their own problems. ...read more.

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There are other representations of women in 'Some Like It Hot'. The two musicians who are on the run have to cross dress as they have got jobs in an all female band. Tony Curtis plays Josephine and Jack Lemmon plays Daphne. While dressed as women, the two men experience how much women are discriminated against and used. They react to this by acting how they would expect to women to act and experience yet even more discrimination. However, their minds don't change in the slightest and both have Sugar Cane on their minds. They both compete to win her heart and both try getting very close to her as women. An incident in the film which shows them how annoying men can be is when Daphne meets an admirer. A rich man falls for her and does not seem to take "NO" for an answer. The rich man pesters her until she agrees to go out with him. Jerry is horrified to see himself treated as an object by a man. He is not happy about the fact that he is being discriminated. When both musicians cross dress, they see how badly and unfairly women are treated. ...read more.

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Ellen Ripley on the other hand is a bald brunette. She dresses in a very manly way with baggy clothes. She is very rough looking and does not show her figure off at all. Ellen Ripley has more knowledge when compared to Sugar Cane. Ripley is a very independent character and she knows what she is doing. She is fearless and is not squeamish in the slightest. Sugar Cane on the other hand is a very vulnerable character. She is very dependant on everyone else and has a mind of a child. The fact that both these characters are very different physically and mentally doesn't change that they are both women. It is because they are women that makes them less of a person in both films. Sugar Cane because she is a replica of the stereotypical image of a 'dumb blonde', and Ellen Ripley because of the fact she is able to be a mother. I think that the roles of women in films have changed over the past. The representation of them also changed over the years. However, I believe that they are still discriminated; just in different ways. The fact that a person is a woman is still shown to be a disadvantage when comparing these two films. Emma Vilventhraraja Media Coursework 11c ...read more.

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