Film: "Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery" Film Review by J

Film: "Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery"
This paper analyzes the film "Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery", which was released in the United States and Canada on May 2, 1997.
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Published on Apr 27, 2008 in Film (Analysis, Criticism, Etc.) , Gender and Sexuality (General)

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This paper explains that the film "Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery" was inspired by a slew of sixties spy movies including the James Bond films. The author points out that most of Mike Myers inspiration came from the spy spoofs "Helm Series" produced by Columbia Pictures and loosely based on Donald Hamilton's novels. The paper explains that, in the part described by the author, the producers purposely switched the female character with a male character just after Austin hits the woman, setting the stage for the classic good versus evil theme of the film. The author underscores that the costumes play a huge role in the film with Austin dressing a bit on the feminine side, unlike the masculine 007 Sean Connery. The paper concludes that the film seems to reinforce stereotypes of men and woman in both space and time.

From the Paper:

"The scene I will look at is at the five minute and 18 second mark. It is in the beginning of the second chapter. The atmosphere is electric because Austin is at a club called the Electric Psychedelic Pussycat Swingers Club. Pink Floyd himself would be proud of the colors mixed in at the club. Lighting is very high for a club. The only effects are the different colors and shapes of light to signify a psychedelic mind-tripping club, which was typical in the sixties. The music was The Strawberry Alarm Clock "Incense and Peppermints" which are from southern California and was popular in 1967."

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