Let’s all respond to the two film adaptations of The Stepford Wives. Which film did you prefer in relation to the book? Why? How did the adaptations differ based upon historical context (the first released in 1975 and the second in 2004 ). Please answer in 100 words and be sure to address all three “texts” in this “Stepford Wives” constellation.
As we’ve discussed, genre cycles emerge based on historically-specific communal needs (and to make $$$). Lee Daniels’s The Butler (2013) is an Obama-era historical drama that seems out-of-date in 2021. Can you think of more recent historical dramas that seem closer to our era as it pertains to race and history? What makes those films products of today? Have the topics in The Butler instead gone toward other genres?