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Masters Graduate explores representation of women in Hollywood film musicals

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Displaying a passion for film and the film industry, Ms Vyonne Hohls focused her research on how women have been represented in Hollywood film musicals, earning her a masters in arts at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

With particular reference to Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) and Nine (2009), Hohls looked at how film techniques such as editing, lighting, camera angles and close-ups position female characters in a particular way, in order to present them as objects of sexual consumption. A part of her research questioned if there had been any significant change in the representation from the time of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes to Nine, 56 years later.

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