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Movies [Oct. 24th, 2004|11:39 pm]
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I also have been seeing some movies recently:

Mona Lisa Smile, a bit disappointing, not even a good feminist movie. Too boring. Didn't relate.

Sylvia, which basically is a movie about her relation with her husband (whose poetry I don't like), and how supposedly his departure led her to inspiration. That is quite enraging, I was there to see Sylvia, not her idiot husband, and I was not there to see her defined with respect to him (even though, yeah, he probably influenced her... to her death. Thank you H.). It was not even a good presentation of either of the characters. Not so bad though, there is some interesting ambiance, and it is a bit inspiring poetically speaking. So yeah, why not.

Breakfast at Tiffany's of which I talked before, amazing. But then, now, I am going through the other movies in that box of 5 Audrey Hepburn movies, and it is not quite as good. Of course, Audrey is always so amazing, she reminds me of my cousin I am so fond of...

But I saw "Paris when it sizzles" and "Roman Holiday", and in those two she plays a boring male ideal of a woman. Too polite, not independent enough, and so keen on pleasing men it is quite annoying. I can hear and feel the producers formatting her into that submissive role. It is a pity when such actresses do not get good roles.

Oh, and the ideal of a man in those two movies is quite risible too, they are so bland they are almost transparent. Which is a pity too, I guess. So this is probably more proof that putting women into scripted, socially acceptable, submissive roles makes men's color run off too. Yes, in those two last movies, the heroine plays somewhat of a rebel, but this is better to get her back into the fold, with a bonus which is that she does it "willingly".

At least, in "Breakfast at Tiffany's", it is only at the end that the scriptwriter makes a quick bow to the proprieties by providing an excuse for a "happy ending". But at least, it is not the whole movie that is contaminated by that all-pervasive leper. Or if so, at least only at a relatively acceptable level. Yes, there are some scene in that movie that are a bit annoying, but they are played with a man who is a gigolo, giving him some fragility that I like.

I will look at the two last movies, hoping she got some really good roles.

From: (Anonymous)
2004-10-26 10:23 am (UTC)
I think if you read "The Feminine Mystique" and then see "Mona Lisa Smile", it's alot better.
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[User Picture]From: saravana
2004-10-26 01:25 pm (UTC)
I will definitely do that. I am indeed on a feminist classics reading spree (outrageous acts, the second sex, the female eunuch, etc).

Though it gets tiring and I may go into more heady stuff. Maybe go into feminist poetics and the female voice (écriture féminine).

I am not so much interested in feminism as a social and political movement, though I do am aware of the revolutionary potential of poetry and literature.
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