At first the repressed attitudes and roles of women seemed invisible and silent. However as the teacher became more immersed into the lives of her students and the society around her, this repression was palpable with sad and devastating results.
Actual corsets may have been discarded decades ago, but invisible corsets still existed in forms of sexism, social pressures and expectations, having a strangle hold on the women of the 1950's.
|Scene from "Mona Lisa Smile"|
I loved this more gritty view of 1950's America. It was well written and well acted. In the midst of all the heavy story lines, I enjoyed all of the featured artwork. The reason for the title of this film? Mona Lisa's smile has always been the subject of much discussion. Is this a happy smile? Or was it the smile of a woman from another time who also felt repressed and saddened by the society in which she was restrained? You be the judge and enjoy this meaty movie!
You too can feel a bit of the 1950's...