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Judith Mayne

Judith Mayne is an emerita professor at Ohio State University whose areas of research interest are French cinema and feminist film studies. She is the author of eight books, including Directed by Dorothy Arzner (1994) and Framed: Lesbians, Feminists, and Media Culture (2000), and has participated in numerous festivals and conferences about Arzner’s work in the United States, Europe, and Latin America.

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Merrily We Go to Hell: Gingerbread, Cake, and Crème de Menthe

Dorothy Arzner’s deeply cynical portrait of marriage exemplifies the director’s ambivalence toward the norms dictating female behavior, wielding ironic detachment to mask one woman’s simmering inner turmoil.

By Judith Mayne