I recently posted Part Seven of Too Late for Tears in a film noir group on Facebook. The poster for the movie provoked a comment about how a billboard for a movie had to be taken down, ostensibly because it had an image of violence against women.
Well, this (and a few other comments the old poster has attracted from people who find it a mite excessive) got me to thinking about how many of the old films noir (and other classic films) include allusions to domestic violence (or, even, outright portray it — often for laughs).
Does the fact that these old movies have such allusions and portrayals demonstrate the way our society failed to take such things seriously at the time? And, if so, are we supposed to be offended to the point of not watching these films?
I hate to tell those of you who might be offended by the poster for Too Late for Tears or any other film that portrays outdated attitudes, but let’s not impose a double standard here, okay?
After all, could we really watch The Big Sleep in good conscience after hearing Lauren Bacall sing about a wife getting socked in the choppers? 🙂
Not to mention the many other examples of domestic abuse you’ll find in these scenes!
Will violence in society really be solved by not watching these movies? Please note, the slapping around is not limited to women only!
Frankly, it reminds me of how much my mother worried that if my siblings and I watched The Three Stooges, we’d go around poking people’s eyes out! Well, that didn’t happen.
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