In Search of the Ideal Male made in Hollywood

Critic Molly Haskell says “when I think of male types in the cinema the images of men through the years and how they change I don’t really see it in terms of evolution, of progress. I really think even more than with women, there are sort of two or three basic types and they just recur over and over but in different forms, you know, taking on the color and the contours of the society, the Zeitgeist so to speak.”

And Hollywood has always reacted to the Zeitgeist from the Jazz age in the thirties and its spirit of liberation incarnated by Valentino to the creation of the anti hero perfectly incarnated by Dustin Hoffman. As we have the virgin and the whore we have the good guy and the bad guy, the lover, the cowboy, the gangster, all industrialized and clichéd by the Hollywood studio machinery.

Directors : Clara Kuperberg & Julia Kuperberg
Production : Wichita Films
Producers : Clara Kuperberg & Julia Kuperberg
Network : OCS
Year : 2013
Running Time : 52 minutes


Molly Haskell
Author of From Reverence to Rape

Maria Janis Cooper
Daugther of Gary Cooper

David Dobkin
Director, The Change Up

Steve Heller
Author of Advertising from the Mad Men Era