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A Good Day for Women and Film

Women and Hollywood By Melissa Silverstein | Women and Hollywood November 14, 2011 at 3:16PM

This morning I posted the trailers for both The Iron Lady and The Hunger Games.  I watched them both, got excited and then I went off to do other things.
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Meryl Unveils The Iron Lady Poster

This morning I posted the trailers for both The Iron Lady and The Hunger Games.  I watched them both, got excited and then I went off to do other things.

A couple of minutes ago it dawned on me how cool it was to have both these trailers hit today. 

I'm not going to pretend that I agree with Margaret Thatcher about anything, but after seeing umpteen movies about men in power I am psyched to see a movie about a woman who clawed her way to power.  Just look at that trailer.  Politics aside - it's about the transformation of a woman into a leader.  We really don't see these types of movies.  In some ways it's kind of better that this first big movie about a woman leaders (who was not a queen) is about a conservative woman rather than a progressive one.  That blunts the argument that Hollywood is a shill for liberal policies. 

And the even better news is that Meryl is clearly on board with promoting this film because she was in London to unveil the poster and for a screening with journalists (when will we be able to see it here?)

And about The Hunger Games...You're going to hear me talk about this a lot.  The trailer just continues to make me excited to see it.  I think that Katniss Everdeen is a young woman heroine for our times.  The Hunger Games trilogy will help push women in film to a new place.  An action adventure film that stars a young woman that appeals to all four quadrants.

This is a good day for those of us who care about this topic.  We should remember the good ones in the sea of many bad days.

Meryl Streep unveils poster for 'Iron Lady' (AP)

This article is related to: Meryl Streep, Jennifer Lawrence, The Hunger Games