A Montage of 75 Years of Manic Pixie Dream Girls in Cinema

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A video from Flavorwire reveals that the trope of the charmingly unstable ingénue -- often attributed to recent indie cinema -- actually goes back decades. The film critic Nathan Rabin coined the term "manic pixie dream girl" in a review for the A. V. Club in 2007. The manic pixie dream girl, he wrote, "exists solely in the fevered imaginations of sensitive writer-directors to teach broodingly soulful young men to embrace life and its infinite mysteries and adventures." Edited by Michelle Rafferty, this clip proves that the "fevered imaginations of sensitive writer-directors" have been at it all along. 

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Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg is the executive producer for video at The AtlanticMore

Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg's work in media spans documentary television, advertising, and print. As a producer in the Viewer Created Content division of Al Gore's Current TV, she acquired and produced short documentaries by independent filmmakers around the world. Post-Current, she worked as a producer and strategist at Urgent Content, developing consumer-created and branded nonfiction campaigns for clients including Cisco, Ford, and GOOD Magazine. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University, where she was co-creator and editor in chief of H BOMB Magazine.

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