Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Days of the Outlaw

In Days of the Outlaw, we see a social change for the better for the women of the town. Despite still performing many of the traditional jobs around the house and in the town, the women are given a higher level of respect. They are treated as persons instead of objects, like many other western films. Examples of when Tex and Pace must as Bruhn to have relations with the girls of the town shows the fact that she has a power over them and is respected by them as a voice of reason and knowledge. Women have a central role as they almost carry the story throughout the film. They move away from the genre of being secondary characters or the others, and step into the roles of the voices of reason, dedication, and dependability throughout the film. The film, made in the 1950’s was just at the beginning of the Women’s movement and mirrored the feelings and desires of women wanting to be respected, empowered, and responsible in the eyes of men. The film tried to show them that they too could be powerful characters.

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