Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Some observations on women in film

OK, this one is really not about music at all.

On a lark, we got a 4 DVD set of old Universal Studios cartoons. These are old shorts featuring the likes of Mighty Mouse, Popeye, Superman, and Casper. Well, my daughter was really taken with the Casper shorts so we got the live action film for her to watch as well. But did you know that there is also a direct-to-video sequel called Casper and Wendy, starring a pre-teen Hillary Duff as Wendy the witch? Well, just as Casper has 3 mean ghost uncles, Wendy has 3 mean witch aunts, played by Cathy Moriarty, Shelly Duvall, and Terri Garr.

Cathy Moriarty starred with Robert DeNiro in Martin Scorsese's Raging Bull. Shelly Duval starred with Jack Nicholson in Stanley Kubrick's The Shining. Terri Garr starred with Gene Hackman in Francis Ford Coppola's The Conversation. These are three of my all-time favorite films. Now, think for a moment what a shock it would be to discover a direct-to-video release starring DeNiro, Nicholson, and Hackman as supporting players in a movie whose two stars are a Mousekateer and a bit of CGI.

Then there is this article in which Pierce Brosnan expresses his opinion that the problem with Bond films is that they have to tame down the sex scenes. He also seems to prefer Halle Berry as the best Bond girl because she is "luscious" and "in touch with her sexuality." OK, maybe I agree with that part :)

You know what? Draw your own conclusions here, but while you're thinking about it - think back to the hottest actresses of the 60s and 70s and ask yourself where they are now? Especially when compared to their male colleagues. Here are some names to get you started: Faye Dunaway, Estelle Parsons, Katharine Ross, Ali MacGraw, Sally Kellerman, Carol Kane...


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