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Thelma & Louise (BFI Modern Classics series) by Marita Sturken 
14th-Jun-2007 09:14 am
Sturken, Marita. Thelma & Louise. London: BFI Modern Classics, 2000.
          Summary: A slim, critical overview of the 1991 movie Thelma & Louise that discusses the roles of gender and guns in the film, its revisioning of the outlaw genre, and more.
          Comments: Okay, I had two reasons for wanting to read this book: 1) Thelma & Louise is one of my favorite films, and 2) I may end up taking a class with Sturken sometime in the near future, and I want to see how she comes across in her writing. Thankfully, how she comes across is down to earth and approachable; she writes in succinct, easy to understand, yet erudite sentences and begins with her personal/emotional stake in the writing of this work.
          Though at times I felt the many screencaps from the film that took up so many of the pages to be less than enlightening and at times outright redundant, I do not, in any case, have much to argue with about the content of Sturken's writing. As far as I'm concerned, most of what she says is very difficult to debate. I was especially pleased with the way in which she discussed the two womens' final fate and how it was never intended to be viewed as a literal death but rather as a metaphorical liberation. Her reference to screenwriter Callie Khouri's comments on the subject were enlightening: "We did everything possible to make sure you didn't see a literal death. That you didn't see the car land, you didn't see a big puff of smoke come out of the canyon. You were left with the image of them flying. They flew away, out of this world and into the mass unconscious. Women who are completely free from all the shackles that restrain them have no place in this world." *nods* Exactly how I first interpreted the ending. Glad I was right.
          Notes: trade paperback, 1st edition, 2nd printing
          Rating: 6/10 - An interesting book that's a must for anyone who has seen the film and found it thought-provoking...and so accessible that it might even be enjoyable for those who haven't and/or didn't.
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