24 September, Fast Talking Dame If we have a look at the movies of 1920s, there used to be a common story of a satisfied man and woman who, at the climax marry each other and spend a happy life. In 1930s, the theory of Maria DiBattista’s “ Fast Talking Dames” augmented the verbal comedy of the artists. In other words, it gave them ability to express the facts of society in a funny way during the times of depression. But this theory raised question how seriously an issue of the society can be highlighted and its gravity be communicated to the stake-holders (Maria Dibattista, 2001).
At present, the theory of Fast Talking Dames has been restricted to some of TV shows only, in which women use verbal means of communication more than action scenes. Now a days the role of women in films is on the concept that she can do anything that a man can do. As in Salt, Angellina Jolie performed as leading character of the movie, which went after a traitor who charged her of working as a Russian spy. Similarly, in Colambiana, Zoe Saldana, who after watching the assassination of her parents, grew up as cold assassin. In both of the movies quoted as example, the role played by female actresses is more masculine in nature.
The concept of Fast Talking Dames has almost diminished in today’s cinema. It can only be seen in some of the TV shows or in the movies of 1930s, 40s era. Moreover, the audience too, like to see the female actresses in action scenes rather than spending time in dialogues and lighter comic discourses.
DiBattista, Maria. Fast-talking Dames. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2001. Print.
Salt. Dir. Phillip Noyce. Sony Pictures Releasing, 2010. DVD.
Colombiana. Dir. Olivier Megaton. Tri Star Releasing. 2012. DVD.