The Love Goddesses (1965)

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The Love Goddesses (1965)

Unread post by drednm » Sat Jun 30, 2018 8:07 am

This documentary has some good footage in its depictions of film's love goddesses from the beginning of silent films up til 1965. There's a real bias toward showing Paramount stars and films since this was produced by Paramount. The writers try to sell the idea that the depiction of women (and sex) in films merely mirrors society's attitudes and builds a case for this argument via carefully selected stars and films to show. There are some really odd (to me) selections among the goddesses. Film's "post-Victorian" era is represented by Lillian Gish in True Heart Susie and Mae Marsh in Intolerance[/b ]with the opposite view represented by "vamps" like Louise Glaum and Theda Bara. They show the metamorphis of Gloria Swanson during this time period with the nice crisp clip from The Love of Sunya. They never use the word "flapper" but deem Clara Bow as the living image of "flaming youth," i.e. a woman who knows what sex is but still does not succumb to it (vamps did, I guess).

Interesting clips from talkies' pre-Code era show us Marlene Dietrich and Barbara Stanwyck using sex quite openly to get what they want. Then with the crushing Great Depression, sex was repressed again with the rise of child stars like Shirley Temple and Judy Garland. WW II unleashed sex as a glamour image of the voluptuary without sex with the likes of Betty Grable, Dorothy Lamour, Rita Hayworth etc. Then on into the 1950s with return of the the "childlike" sex symbols (Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn) and the rise of the Amazon (Sophia Loren). Well, it's certainly a point of view.

Other goddesses shown include Bette Davis, Nita Naldi, Esther Ralston, Agnes Ayres, Claudette Colbert, Greta Garbo, Lana Turner, Jeanette MacDonald, Brigitte Bardot, Brigitte Helm, Louise Brooks, Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, Lya de Putti, Jean Harlow, Fannie Ward, Annette Kellerman, Carole Lombard, Myrna Loy, Pola Negri, Ruby Keeler, Hayley Mills, Hedy Lamarr, Simone Signoret, Sylvia Syms, Ginger Rogers, and Mae West.

IMDb cast list includes Marion Davies, Joan Crawford, Ava Gardner, Ingrid Bergman, Gene Tierney, Mae Murray, Gina Lollobrigida, Jayne Mansfield, Deborah Kerr, Anita Ekberg ... but I never saw them or heard them mentioned.

To their credit, the filmmakers DO identify the actresses and most of the movie clips at the end of the film.

It's on YT.
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Re: The Love Goddesses (1965)

Unread post by sepiatone » Sun Jul 01, 2018 1:24 pm

Thanks Ed. wouldn't you know. Youtube. :)

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Re: The Love Goddesses (1965)

Unread post by Frame Rate » Sun Jul 01, 2018 5:17 pm

While it is possible that Paramount picked up this 1965 Walter Reade (Saul Turell) production for wider distribution after its initial arthouse targeting, John Douglas Eames' comprehensive studio index does not list the film as a company release. So perhaps IMDB is wrong, although in any case it's doubtful that Paramount would have exerted financial influence to include so many clips from the studio's 1930s heyday -- because they had not owned their pre-1950, talkie-features library since it was sold to MCA seven years earlier.

Turell and his then partner Graeme Ferguson embarked on creating this delightful compilation following Saul's legendary collaboration with Paul Killiam and Bill Everson on both seasons of the highly influential SILENTS PLEASE TV series -- which, like THE LOVE GODDESSES, was subsequently issued to the 16mm educational market by Walter Reade's educational division, Sterling Films.

Turell's (and William Becker's) acquisition of Janus Films then assured the film a continuing presence in repertory and film-society venues for many years, and they also achieved extensive home-entertainment exposure for this "labor of love" via various-format releases through Embassy, Voyager, Phoenix, Films Inc., Coronet and, of course, Criterion.

But not Paramount.
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Re: The Love Goddesses (1965)

Unread post by moviepas » Mon Jul 02, 2018 4:41 am

It's on YT.

No it's not. All those links are not our film regardless of the title of that link.

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Re: The Love Goddesses (1965)

Unread post by s.w.a.c. » Mon Jul 02, 2018 7:01 am

moviepas wrote:It's on YT.

No it's not. All those links are not our film regardless of the title of that link.
Very bizarre, even though you see an image of the title card for The Love Goddesses, when you click on the first two links that claim to show the film as a feature (with two different running times), you get a long ad, with annoying music, for downloading computer animated cartoon features or a short ad, followed by over an hour of the Columbia Pictures logo.

At least there's this 12 minute excerpt from a VHS copy uploaded by the Louise Brooks Society.

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