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

A video from Flavorwire reveals that the trope of the charmingly unstable ingénue --attributed to recent indie cinema -- actually goes back decades. 

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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Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg joined The Atlantic in 2011 to launch its video channel and, in 2013, create its in-house video production department. She leads the development and production of original documentaries, interviews, and other video content for The Atlantic. Previously, she worked as a producer at Al Gore’s Current TV and as a content strategist and documentary producer in San Francisco. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University.

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