Prisons without bars
in J. Lee Thompson
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According to Raymond Williams, the most powerful physical image created in the period of major naturalistic drama is the living room as a trap. Yield to the Night was a watershed film for J. Lee Thompson. It marked a moment of revelation which would profoundly influence his career trajectory. The trauma of leaving his family and the excitement of his new relationship did indeed seem to intensify Lee Thompson's desire for independence and experiment in his professional life. The nervous energy released is evident in Woman in a Dressing Gown's restless camerawork, insistent directorial style and, most of all, in the high-octane performance which he encouraged from Dressing Gown's star Yvonne Mitchell. However, Melanie Williams pointed out that, in the way it echoes the claustrophobic perspectives of Yield to the Night, Dressing Gown's mise-en-scène implies the idea of housewife as domestic prisoner.


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