• Film

    Mantrap

    The first time I saw a picture of Clara Bow was in my history textbook junior year of high school. She had a two page spread as a representative of the Jazz Age. She was by far the most popular screen star of the era, and her films freely used her sexuality and the attention given to her sexuality, to discuss the changing role of women, and the rapidly changing structure of society. But none of this matters as much as the sheer energy she puts into her performances. You can (and should) see an example here. It is this sort of giddy, nearly frantic, performance, that brings up images…