Scientists in Film: Musing Over the Messages

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by Diane Calabrese Scientists in Film: Musing Over the Messages IN HOLLYWOOD, it’s generally about getting the woman. Yet even the sane male scientists portrayed in films seldom find a date. They lose out to secret agents, pilots, cops, and CEOs. The few women scientists in films have a tough time too. Ingrid Bergman, playing a gifted psychiatrist with a Freudian bent, manages to snag the interest of Gregory Peck’s character in Alfred Hitchcock’s Spellbound (1945). But Bergman has some work before bliss, given that the object of her affection arrives as a murder suspect suffering from amnesia. More than four decades later, Contact (1997) star Jodie Foster […]
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