中美电影中成功职场女性形象的研究–《穿普拉达的女王》和《杜拉拉升职记》之比较On the Images of Successful Working Women in Chinese and American Movies — A Comparative Study of The Devil Wears Prada and Go Lala Go毕业论文
Movie is one of the art form which is related to the development of science and technology. The history of Chinese movie is not far away from western movie. However, American movie develops rapidly in recent years, and it takes an important part in the world market. Movie is a mirror which shows a country’s science and technology, people’s value and faith in life as well as culture. The thesis is based on the two movies – The Devil Wears Prada and Go Lala Go, it will compare and analyze the images of the successful working women in American and Chinese movies. The first part is the introduction of the thesis’s content and meaning. The second part compares the two movies’ themes, similarities and differences, the different working atmosphere they reflect respectively. The third part shows people’s different attitudes towards life and work, and different values between Chinese and American learn from the comparison of the two movies. The fourth part researches on the images of the successful working women in Chinese and American movies, including their similarities and differences, their values and faith in life and the factors relate to their success. The final part summarizes the thesis and draws conclusion.
Key Words: Chinese and American movies; successful working women; value; culture differences
1 Introduction 1
2 The Comparison of the Two Movies 2
2.1 Brief Introuction of the Two Movies’ Themes 2
2.2 Comparison and Contrast between the Two Movies 3
3 Analysis of Differences between China and America by Comparing the Two Movies 5
3.1 People’s Different Attitudes toward Work and Life 5
3.2 Some Different Values between Chinese and American 6
4 Research on the Images of Successful Working Women 11
4.1 The Images of Successful Working Women in the Two Movies 11
4.2 Factors that Motivate Working Woman’s Success. 12
5 Conclusion 14
On the images of successful working women in Chinese and American movies
-A comparative study of The Devil Wears Prada and Go Lala Go
“Let me know when your whole life goes up in smoke. That means it’s time for promotion’’. This is a classical line from The Devil Wears Prada, which can reflect what they think about success to some extent in America. As one of the forms of art, movie isn’t simply for entertainment and profit. It can include abundant culture elements, a country’s culture can be showed vividly in a movie. Along with the development of American movie, it has become an indispensable part in Chinese movie market, and has influence on Chinese. French film theorist Metz (1994) notes that what people call film is actually a wide-range and complicated phenomenon of social culture, an overall social fact; it is a whole existence involving many aspects which includes vital problems like economy. So when people are exposed to movies, they learn something about certain culture.
This thesis focuses on comparing and analyzing the two movies The Devil Wears Prada and Go Lala Go, it aims to explore different successful women images in American and Chinese movies. It can guide people especially graduates how to adjust to work after leaving school, and also show us different values and cultures between China and America.
2 The Comparison of the Two Movies
The Devil Wears Prada is a 2006 comedy-drama film based on Lauren Weisberger’s 2003 novel of the same name. It is an inspirational working movie which tells a smart and sensible new graduate Andy’s experience when she first goes into work. She goes to New York City and lands a job as an assistant to Miranda Priestly, the demanding editor-in-chief of a high fashion magazine. She becomes a successful working woman after her struggling and hard working. But she decides to give up the glorious job and find herself back in the end. Go Lala Go is based on the novel A Story of Lala’s Promotion, which was written by Li Ke. The heroine Du Lala gets the permission of the interview of DB inc., one of the global 500 companies and she is employed as a receptionist with luck. She is eager to get high salary as well as love. Work and family are both important to her; she becomes a senior manager after persistent hard work. Both of the two movies mainly introduce successful working women. However, there exists many differences between them, in the following part, the thesis has a further study on them.
2.1 Brief Introduction of the Two Movies’ Themes
The Devil Wears Prada and Go Lala Go are based on the heroines who get success after hard working. The Devil Wears Prada is about the new graduate Andy who goes to New York and gets a chance to work as an assistant of the famous magazine’s director, Miranda. The chance is precious because many people desperately desire for it. The work is challenging but also glorious. It can provide people with lots of fashionable clothes and gives them chances to attend all kinds of occasions to know more celebrities; it can also provide a social circle in which there are many famous magazines’ editors and designers. Andy wants to be a journalist and thinks it is a good chance to help her realize her dream. She adjusts herself to this work and gets appreciation from her workmates and Miranda. She loves this job gradually but there are more and more divergences between her and her friends. She even has broken up with her boyfriend. She finally realizes this kind of life isn’t what she wants. Therefore, she decides to free herself and to pursue what she really wants. We can learn from this movie a lot. We can learn from Andy how to adjust to a new work environment, we should ask for advice humidly from workmates and boss. Whatever we meet, we should never give up, just face it and overcome it. Furthermore, we should follow our heart and struggle for what we really want.