The Masculine mystique

Canada, 1984

Film
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What do ‘real men’ think about feminism? Can they ever learn to adjust to life with a modern woman? The stories of four men and their relationships with women are interwoven to produce this unusual and intriguing feature-length dramatization. Blue, in his mid-thirties, has spent his adult years searching for the right woman, without any luck. He’s baffled by women’s liberation - what do they want? Alex, the same age as Blue, married with two small children, says he needs his freedom. He’s having an affair. Mort and Ashley are both in their forties, divorced with children. Mort has found someone new but she balks at a permanent relationship. Ashley, devastated by his divorce, is unwilling to risk a new commitment. Their four stories, sometimes poignant, often very funny, are shown in dramatic sequences interspersed with scenes of confrontation. Among themselves the men probe why they act as they do. They attack and defend, and perhaps even learn a little about themselves and the challenging role of men in society. Award: New York.

Credits

production company

ONF | NFB

co-producers/directors

John Smith

Giles Walker

Duration

01:26:40:00

Production places
Canada
Production dates
1984

Collection metadata

ACMI Identifier

016605

Language

English

Subject categories

Documentary

Documentary → Docudrama

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Feminism

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Feminist theory

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Women - Social conditions

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Women's rights

Family, Gender Identity, Relationships & Sexuality → Feminist theory

Family, Gender Identity, Relationships & Sexuality → Interpersonal conflict

Family, Gender Identity, Relationships & Sexuality → Relationships

Family, Gender Identity, Relationships & Sexuality → Women's rights

Feature films

Feature films → Feature films - Canada

Food, Health, Lifestyle, Medicine, Psychology & Safety → Interpersonal conflict

Food, Health, Lifestyle, Medicine, Psychology & Safety → Men - Psychology

Food, Health, Lifestyle, Medicine, Psychology & Safety → Middle aged men - Health and hygiene

History → Women's rights

Sound/audio

Sound

Colour

Colour

Holdings

16mm film; Access Print (Section 1)

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