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Fast-Talking Dames

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"There is nothing like a dame," proclaims the song from South Pacific. Certainly there is nothing like the fast-talking dame of screen comedies in the 1930s and '40s. In this engaging book, film scholar and movie buff Maria DiBattista celebrates the fast-talking dame as an American original. Coming of age during the Depression, the dame – a woman of lively wit and brash speech – epitomized a new style of self-reliant, articulate womanhood. Dames were quick on the uptake and hardly ever downbeat. They seemed to know what to say and when to say it. In their fast and breezy talk seemed to lie the secret of happiness, but also the key to reality. DiBattista offers vivid portraits of the grandest dames of the era, including Katharine Hepburn, Irene Dunne, Rosalind Russell, Barbara Stanwyck, and others, and discusses the great films that showcased their compelling way with words – and with men.

With their snappy repartee and vivid colloquialisms, these fast-talkers were verbal muses at a time when Americans were reinventing both language and the political institutions of democratic culture. As they taught their laconic male counterparts (most notably those appealing but tongue-tied American icons, Gary Cooper, Henry Fonda, and James Stewart) the power and pleasures of speech, they also reimagined the relationship between the sexes.

In such films as Bringing Up Baby, The Awful Truth, and The Lady Eve, the fast-talking dame captivated moviegoers of her time. For audiences today, DiBattista observes, the sassy heroine still has much to say.

Review:

"It's hard to believe in the age of Titanic, but the highest achievement of American film is its exhilarating, intricate, often slangy dialogue. And no players were given better or breezier scripts, or interpreted them with more verve and precision, than these women, from whom, Maria DiBattista writes, 'I came to experience the pleasure to be had in words.'....This is a smart book about very smart women." Benjamin Schwarz, Atlantic Monthly

Review:

"I can imagine her best students having a blast in her courses, though I wouldn't mind the occasional skeptical question in a book that sometimes reads like ecstatic lecture transcripts. But Ms. DiBattista (which isn't a cool way of addressing a "dame") has justice as well as enthusiasm on her side in judging that the greatest of Hollywood movies now seem to be the grown-up comedies, from romantic to screwball ? the ones, she would say, that celebrate "fast-talking dames" and were made nearly sixty years ago." David Thomson, The New Republic (read the entire New Republic review)

Synopsis:

Witty and brash, the fast-talking dames in film comedies of the 1930s and '40s offered moviegoers a new, independent version of American womanhood. In this widely acclaimed book, Maria DiBattista paints vivid portraits of the grandest fast-talking dames of the era, including Katharine Hepburn, Irene Dunne, and Barbara Stanwyck, and discusses what their films had to say about men, happiness, and the power of speech.

About the Author

Maria DiBattista is professor of English and comparative literature at Princeton University, where she also chairs the film studies committee and serves on the women?s studies faculty.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780300088151
Author:
DiBattista, Maria
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Author:
DiBattista, Maria
Location:
New Haven
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Film - General
Subject:
Film - History & Criticism
Subject:
Women's Studies - History
Subject:
Women in motion pictures
Subject:
Film & Video - History & Criticism
Subject:
Women -- United States -- Language.
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series Volume:
no. 9
Publication Date:
20010410
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
25 b/w illus.
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
9.13 x 6.13 in 1.52 lb

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Product details 384 pages Yale University Press - English 9780300088151 Reviews:
"Review" by , "It's hard to believe in the age of Titanic, but the highest achievement of American film is its exhilarating, intricate, often slangy dialogue. And no players were given better or breezier scripts, or interpreted them with more verve and precision, than these women, from whom, Maria DiBattista writes, 'I came to experience the pleasure to be had in words.'....This is a smart book about very smart women."
"Review" by , "I can imagine her best students having a blast in her courses, though I wouldn't mind the occasional skeptical question in a book that sometimes reads like ecstatic lecture transcripts. But Ms. DiBattista (which isn't a cool way of addressing a "dame") has justice as well as enthusiasm on her side in judging that the greatest of Hollywood movies now seem to be the grown-up comedies, from romantic to screwball ? the ones, she would say, that celebrate "fast-talking dames" and were made nearly sixty years ago." (read the entire New Republic review)
"Synopsis" by , Witty and brash, the fast-talking dames in film comedies of the 1930s and '40s offered moviegoers a new, independent version of American womanhood. In this widely acclaimed book, Maria DiBattista paints vivid portraits of the grandest fast-talking dames of the era, including Katharine Hepburn, Irene Dunne, and Barbara Stanwyck, and discusses what their films had to say about men, happiness, and the power of speech.
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