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Female Empowerment in Salt

Phillip Noyce’s Salt is an action film starring Angelina Jolie as Evelyn Salt, a CIA officer accused of being a Russian spy. Examine both the positive depiction of a female action hero and possible ways the movie could have improved on its gender representation.

Points to possibly explore: The main role was initially conceived as a man. The movie subverts the male gaze in certain sequences, such as the opening torture scene. While the main character is an active woman and her male spouse takes a passive role, the supporting cast is predominantly male with very few positive or meaningful interactions between two women. There is also a scene involving Salt going undercover as a man, which also challenges the heterosexual male cinematic gaze.

  • I think I read somewhere that Brad Pitt was offered the role but he recommended Angelina Jolie. – Munjeera 6 years ago
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