Date: Sat, 10 Sep 1994 15:12:53 -0700
From: THOMAS L CLARK tlc[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]NEVADA.EDU
Subject: Re: Language and Status
On Sat, 10 Sep 1994, Timothy C. Frazer wrote:
How about the movie "Working Girl" which was discussed here last week?
(I still haven't seen it!)
I ran out and rented it after someone on the list mentioned it. Melanie
Griffin does a pretty good pygmalion dragging herself up by her
bootstraps, but the message is not so clear as in the Leslie Howard
production. Melanie takes a speech class, which we never attend. She
practices pronouncing Sigourney Weaver's voice a bit. She gets rid of
the 'big hair' and dresses for success. She pulls off a business deal
and gets her man at the end. But Harrison Ford isn't that great a catch,
and the linguistic aspect of status is very minor in the production.
I'll stick with the 1939 production for a bit.