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David Smith <[log in to unmask]>
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Mon, 6 Nov 1995 07:41:03 -0400
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>> I am beginning to research a paper on the question of moral ambiguity in male
>> and female characters in film, dealing with the primary issue that this
>> quality has been allowed in male characters (hero/anti-hero), and not in
>> female characters.  I want to use examples in modern film that show that bias
>> is slowly changing, allowing female characters more shading and dynamic
>> range.
VAGABOND by Agnes Varda is a very finely shaded exploration of moral
ambiguity in which a mysterious teenage hitchhiker drifts inexorably
through a series of misadventures, towards final ruin. The ambiguity is
hers, and appears to infect everyone, male or female, of various social
strata, who comes in contact with her.
David Smith
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