The Art of Survival.

Rosalyn Rosenfeld.

"Sometimes you gotta crack a couple of eggs to make an omelet."
-Rosalyn Rosenfeld, American Hustle.
"Thank God for me."

“Thank God for me.”

Neurotic, out of control and ditzy, American Hustle’s Rosalyn Rosenfeld is definitely the funniest creation of David O.Russel. With a Best Supporting Actress Bafta award, Jennifer Lawrence’s performance stole the show in this hilarious 70’s set black comedy. Rosalyn

"She was the Picasso of passive aggressive."

“She was the Picasso of passive aggressive.”

Rosenfeld is the unpredicatble wife of con-man Irving Rosenfeld, who with her tendency for drama and big mouth may be the one to let the cat out of the bag and ruin her husbands great ‘American Hustle’.

Struggling with the fact that her husband has a red-headed ‘whore’, Rosalyn is often seen to manipulate and threaten Irving into staying in their marriage. Using her young son Danny as emotional black-mail, nothing stops the chaotic housewife from keeping her family together and continuing her families’ ‘no- divorce’ legacy.

Rosalyn is manic. She is either very up. Or very down. As life of the party, nothing stops Rosalyn from having a good time as she often finds Irving to be a “boring old man”. Although, Rosalyn’s continual meddling in Irving’s business nearly causes his numerous hustles against the FBI and the politician Carmine Politio to fall through, in her mind it is in order to do the right thing.  For instance, this is even the case when it comes to hiring her new boyfriend Pete, to knock some sense into Irving by nearly strangling him to death. Moreover, this is due to Rosalyn’s obsession in living her life in accordance to the concept of “the power of intention”.


“You know, sometimes in life, all you have are fucked up poisonous choices.”

Overall, my favourite scene within American Hustle has to be Rosalyn’s  bizarre rendition of ‘Live and Let Die’ whilst dancing around in a pair of yellow rubber gloves. Also, her endless number of conceited catchphrases such as when she says “your welcome” to Irving after he came up with an escape plan whilst being nearly killed by Rosalyn’s dangerous new boyfriend, are extremely comical.



About Feminism Through Cinema and Literature

Hi, its Tia. From Cambridge, England. Avid reader, film watcher and feminist. Studying for an undergraduate degree in English Literature at York St John University. The tone of my blog has hopefully developed into a more literary and critical analysis of female roles in cinema and literature. This is a development that I hope to continue as I progress with my studies. Hope you enjoy my blog and do feel free to leave a comment.
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One Response to The Art of Survival.

  1. Mike Andberg says:

    I always like your blog posts about film, then your take on the importance and role women and women characters play. Although I site the 2005 film “Disconnect” without direct mention to the important female characters who were in it, I thought you might like to check today’s blog post, “Screen Test,” on my website at Thanks.

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