Friday, December 6, 2013

Bees in Paradise, Women in the Kitchen

Check out this frothy confection of a film made in 1948. Set in 1943 it is a musical comedy fantasy about a colony of women who model their society on the beehive. It serves to undermine and mock authoritative women, eroding the power they gained by working during the war and sending them back into the kitchen. There's some fun physical comedy, cute double entendres and pretty good costumes. The set dec is pretty awesome--lots of skeps carved in "stone". The text  and music is mostly derivative, but saved in part by its self-referential and self-mocking tone.

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