Evaluation of Adam's Rib
One of the most fascinating movies I have come across is called Adam’s Rib. This is a
1949 film written by Garson Kanin and Ruth Gordon and was directed by George Cukor. The
movie revolves around a court case in which the defendant had tried killing his unfaithful
husband with a gun (Cukor). When Adam Bonner, who is one of the lead actors in the film, is
called upon to prosecute the defendant as a lawyer, his wife is also taken to defend the defendant
in court. The movie is themed around equal rights for both men and women under the law
(Kāmîr 45). Based on the timing of the film and the period of the casting, it can be argued that
the film is a clear example of a feminist theatre production. This is mainly because the plaintiff
lost the case, even after being wounded with a gun unlawfully. This essay outlines scenes that
portray how the movie passed on its feminist ideas and arguments, arguments that are thought to
have stirred up the feminist movement of the 1950s to 1970s.
The first thing in the movie that portrays the feminist theme is the scene where Amanda
tries to prove that women are equally physi...