Claudette Colbert’s spanking by Gary Cooper in Bluebeard’s Eighth Wife (1938), reframed in the CineManArt series by ArtGraeco
In Bluebeard’s Eighth Wife, Gary Cooper realizes that his relationship with his rebellious wife, Claudette Colbert, has many similarities with the plot in Taming of the Shrew. After exchanging slaps with his wife, he consults the book and tries something different: he puts his wife on his lap and starts spanking her, invoking Shakespeare! Hollywood has used spanking routinely as a way to tame a rebellious woman. Studios reinforced the idea that spankings (retrograde, maligned, or erotic), were a healthy part of a woman’s life.
CineManArt is a series of photomontages, collages and digital art by ArtGraeco that recast characters of mainstream movies, change scenarios and subvert plots. These up-stagings add new dimensions – some solemn, others playful – to the stereotypes, the intolerance and homophobia cinema portrayed for over 100 years of filmmaking.
The CineManArt series by Artgraeco depicts what cinema could be and could have been more of: open, daring, defiant, fair, inclusive.