Saturday, February 4, 2017

Movie Review: Baby Face (1933)

The Movie:  9 (on a scale of -10 to 10).  A young woman rises from poverty by getting an entry-level job at a bank and sleeping her way to the top.  This was a deeper and more thought-provoking movie than it had any right to be.  It would have been easy for the movie to present the protagonist as a one-sided evil and manipulative woman, but the movie consistently underscores her intelligence, her competence, and the fragility of her financial situation.  She clearly could have succeeded in the boardroom purely on the virtue of her own merits, but if the only way for her to get there was to be the partner of a member of the board...how bad was the system, if you can't be both ethical and ambitious?

The Fashions:  10 (on a scale of 1 to 10).  Once the protagonist becomes moderately successful, the men around her shower her with money and she starts to wear some really interesting outfits.  Some of them are outrageous and frilly, but there are some really fabulous evening gowns.  I also love the inventiveness of 1930's sleeve designs, and I wish we could get some of that back in today's modern world.

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