I plan to do the second option of comparing and contrasting two films from the 1990’s in terms of their depictions of gender or masculinity. I chose Johnathan Demme’s Silence of the Lambs and Martin Scorcese’s Goodfellas as the focus of my paper.
Silence of the Lambs and Goodfellas provide interesting contrasts of how masculinity is portrayed through the protagonist. In the former film we have Clarice Starling who is portrayed as this tough, butch FBI agent who is completely independent and can physically face off her male counterparts. She is the picture of “masculinity” in this film. The man she is trying to find and capture is the exact opposite, wanting to embrace more feminine features and roles and trying his best to rid himself of his innate masculinity. Goodfellas presents the stereotypical male and female domesticated roles, with the men exhibiting the brute masculinity through fighting and shooting guns, while the woman seek a man to become their husband and then work to support them in crime and anything else that will allow their families to continue. I think it will be a interesting topic to investigate further into.