In the cartoon program “The Dudley Do-Right Show,” Snidely Whiplash was always tying Nell Fenwick to the railroad tracks, keeping Do-Right busy rescuing her just in the nick of time. Nell was the perfect damsel in distress, but, of course, she was a just cartoon character.
According to Katie Lovette, an instructor at Pellissippi State Community College, women have historically been a staple not only on TV but also in the movie industry, beginning with silent films. But times they are a-changin’, and so is the role of the female in Hollywood, says Lovette.
Lovette discusses female roles in a March 21 lecture at Pellissippi State. “Women in Film” is 1-2 p.m. in the Auditorium of the Goins Administration Building on the Pellissippi Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. The community is invited to the free event, which is part of the college’s ongoing Faculty Lecture Series.
Lovette takes a chronological look at film, beginning in the 1930s and moving up through the decades. She examines the image of the starlet, the shift toward older actresses and roles women are now playing in the making of films. She also looks at the opportunities the internet has made available to budding filmmakers, including her own students.
“Women have come a long way from being tied on the railroad tracks,” she said.
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