With “The Forgotten History of the Housewives”, Art explores the intimacy of the “Thirty Glorious” housewives.

ARTE – Tuesday, May 17 at 8:55 pm – Documentary

In a faded color picture from a 1960s amateur film, a young couple looks bright on their wedding day. They are the parents of Michelle Dominic, the director of this documentary, dedicated to the history of the rare treatment of housewives. Based on intimate stories, amateur movies, television shows, and commercial quotes from 1950 to 1970, the final results are particularly moving.

“The idea for this movie is born out of a sentence my mother utteredMichelle Dominici says. She wrote her memoirs but her story ended her marriage year. When I asked him why, he replied: “Because it’s not interesting anymore.Poe of Science and a law degree graduate, he stopped everything. A

Thanks to the Association pour l’autobiographie (APA), which collects accounts from anonymous people, the director finds unexpectedly rich diaries where women describe their daily lives. And librarian Christine Loisieu has toured the regional cinematographer, looking for unpublished family archives.

Documentary Christine Loisieu visits regional film libraries in search of unpublished family archives

Throughout the documentary, quotes from these articles illustrate the frustrations and hopes of these housewives. “Even if you? This fatigue, this boredom, all the same gestures. What’s the point of my life moving so far away from me?”Anna asks herself. In post-war France, most women’s place was at home. “By nature, women are better suited to stay at home”The courage to interview a man on a 1953 radio program. All the days of the housewife belong to others: husband and children.

“When I see ads, I get angry. I do not find myself in this ideal of a happy and fulfilling wife at home.Francine wrote in his diary in the late 1950s. Until 1965, French women finally had the right to keep their own checkbooks and open a bank account in their name. “When I talk to my husband about freedom, he asks me why I’m complaining! ARuby wrote.

Consumerist propaganda

The 1960s were also a time of consumerist propaganda. Technological advances make it possible to replace old household chores, and the housewife must be the main consumer through advertising. An illusion that solves nothing: “I think I’m dissolving. I no longer have an intellectual life, everything that interests me as a student, history, politics, philosophy, seems far away.Anna says.

In the late 1960s, new images of women appeared: active, independent, ambitious

In the late 1960s, new images of women appeared: active, independent, ambitious. And this social earthquake upsets the fragile balance of the house. “Sometimes I feel like my husband can’t see the change in the world. As if all happiness is forbidden to me except him and the children. “Ruby said.

A TV show from the early 1970s shows a mother chatting with her two daughters who have no desire to live like her. “We do better at work than at home.”Reassures one in front of his mother, suspicious.

The end of the “glorious thirties” also marks the end of the housewife’s dominant social model. Too late? “I really like what Simon de Beauvoir said about aging: a woman can use her age as an excuse to avoid weight work. She knows very well that her husband will not be intimidated.Ruby finishes.

The forgotten history of housewives, Documentary by Michèle Dominici (Fr., 2021, 52 minutes). Available for broadcast on Arte and replay on Arte.tv until December 12.

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