The Role Of The Women In The Classic Gangster Genre Using The Film "Get Carter"

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In the film, Get Carter (1971), directed by Mike Hodges, women are objectified as sex objects, and carry little personality. The many female characters in the film are portrayed as needy, and seem to throw themselves at Jack Carter (Michael Caine), the main character in the film. In a gangster film, women are typically viewed as personal possessions to powerful crime bosses, and other powerful figures. The film Get Carter illustrates the strong sexism towards women in the gangster film genre. The film also shows that while a woman's role in a gangster film seems to be seemingly simple, the woman's role is in fact a key element to the genre. Throughout the film, Jack Carter makes his way in and out of many ...view middle of the document...

Women seem to be on of the few things that can get under these men's skin. When Carter goes to visit the crime bosses playing poker, not two minutes after he sits down, the woman in the room is draped all over him. She does this in front of her current "man", a very powerful mob boss opposite of Carter, which also adds to the tension between the characters.In the film, the wardrobe worn by the female characters, lends you to believe that the director wanted you to look at them and think sex. When Carter first arrived at the motel, the first shot of the brunette landlord was a low angle shot of her behind walking up the stairs. Already knowing that Carter is somewhat of a ladies man, this once again added tension between the characters, this time, sexual tension. The dialogue between the Carter and Edna (Rosmarie Dunham), lent you to believe that the two were both thinking about the other sexually. Later in the film, when they did finally have sex, it was as if Carter simply, gave her the "O.K", and they got it on, giving him full control.While Jack had intimate relations with many women, Cater was very brash with women, and talked to them as if they were dogs. When he found out that Margaret sold him out, he slapped her in the face, and screamed obscenities at her. He also typically talked down to Edna, telling her to shut up and so on. After he found out that the mob boss' lady was also in on setting him up, he had not problem slapping her around, and almost drowning her in a bathtub, where she was bathing after just sleeping with him. Jack Carter's emotions usually got the best of him, and as in many films in the gangster genre, Jack stopped at nothing to get his revenge.

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