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December 14th, 2010

The Machine Age

Posted by kwildermuth in

Maid in Manhattan (2002), starring Jennifer Lopez follows many of Wood’s ideological arguments regarding commercial Hollywood cinema.

  1. Capitalism
    Her private enterprise is being a maid in New York City. This is her career and how she makes a living.
  2. Marriage
    She falls in love and gets married in the film.
  3. Progress, technology, the city
    Progress is shown through her status.  She moves to the richer part of Manhattan after settling down.
  4. Success and Wealth
    A strong characteristic in this film. Lopez continues to climb up the latter.
  5. The ideal female (wife, companion)
    Jennifer Lopez’s character.
  6. The settled husband
    Christopher, the man she marries and falls in love with.

Films are very stylistic.  When we look back at this film years from now, we’ll remember how materialistic our time was.  The poor, single mother… marrying a rich man in Manhattan and having her dreams come true.  From “rags to riches.” We’ll probably look back and think of our economy also and question how this man became so rich. Woods theory has been used throughout history and we assume these values are important to us.

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