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A Study on Perception of a Dance Featured in the Korean Movie Madame Freedom - Mainly During the 1950s in Seoul -

BYUN, DANIEL H 1 CHUNG, EUI SOOK 1

1성균관대학교

Candidate

ABSTRACT

This study aims to acknowledge the social aspect that dance retains by analyzing a dance featured in Madame Freedom, a Korean film made in 1956 which brought about great controversy in Korean society in the 1950s. As this study examines the role of dance in the movie by adopting the method of drama analysis, it also looks at the dance’s image and how they influence in dance discourse. At the time when the movie was made, Korea experienced the flood of liberalization which to some extent affected the conservative Korean society to be changed. However, women were still expected to be “a wise mother and good wife” under Confucian ideology which restricted and limited women’s role in the society. By analyzing the plot of the movie, it was found that the Confucian idea on women’s role was reflected in the movie as well. The movie only focused on the main female character Oh Sun Young being corrupted by dancing, damaging the original role and image of dance. Also, it described that the female character had been morally corrupted through dance, instead of found her self- reliance by dancing. When it comes to analyzing visual and auditory elements, the changes in clothing and spaces in the movie illustrated the changing society and people’s thought. Also, various filming techniques made us see a professional dancer’s movement in the movie from males’ viewpoint. In conclusion, the movie seemed to describe dance as a mean to corrupt the female character. However, having a closer look at the movie enabled to see the true mean of the dance for the female character, realizing self-reliance and attaining true identity. In carrying out this study, it is expected that dance and film, two different genre in art form, are integrated, and bring us with various cross-genre products actively, which will finally contribute to promoting cultural diversity.

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