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Dolls (1975)

William Mackie

Sound | 1975

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  •  Swimsuit competition at the All Campus Beauty Pageant at the University of Texas at Austin 
  •  Brief clip of a women’s wrestling match 
  •  Evening gown competition 
  •  A contestant tells the pageant host why she loves modeling 
  •  Clip of a women’s wrestling match 
  •  The semifinalists are called 
  •  The previous All Campus Beauty winner gives a speech 
  •  The host names the new All Campus Beauty winner 
  •  Numerous photographers take pictures of the winner 
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Produced and directed by University of Texas at Austin graduate students Dwight Adair and Gary Ganter, this 1975 experimental documentary highlights the culture surrounding beauty competitions. The film captures a swimsuit competition, an evening gown competition, and the final crowning. Throughout the film, Adair and Ganter juxtapose images of the pageant with clips of a women’s wrestling match and shots of female mannequin dolls. The only sound is the recorded audio from the pageant. After graduating from the University of Texas, Adair began a career as a filmmaker—writing, directing, and producing documentaries, television commercials, and training films. Bill Mackie was a professor in the Radio-Television-Film Department at the University of Texas. He now works as an independent broadcast media professional.