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From Feminist Frequency: Women's Stories, Movies and the Oscars

by Melissa Silverstein
February 25, 2011 3:30 AM
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This video completely speaks for itself. Think about it as you watch the Oscars.

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  • Chris | February 26, 2011 2:29 AMReply

    It's no surprise to me that some would consider TITANIC and SILENCE OF THE LAMBS male centred.

    The former may be told from the character of Rose's pov but in the wake of the film's release it was Dicaprio (remember Leo Mania?) who got, seemingly, at least half of the credit for the film's success(the other half going to James Cameron of course) at the expense of Winslet.

    And in the case of SILENCE likewise the focus on Hopkins immediately iconic portrayal of Hannibal and the fact that there have been sequels/prequels dedicated to the character since tells me why sadly some feel that the picture's hero is Lecter and not Starling.

  • David | February 26, 2011 12:28 AMReply

    In my opinion, there are some significant errors in the video:

    1) Shakespeare in Love was pretty equally about both Paltrow's and Fiennes' characters.

    2) Titanic was told from the perspective of Kate Winslet's Rose.


    3) Like Gemma has already said, The Silence of the Lambs was very much about Clarice Starling. Saying that Jodie Foster's character plays "a pretty big role in the film" is a bit like saying Jesse Eisenberg's character played a pretty big role in The Social Network. Quite ridiculous.

  • Gemma Files | February 25, 2011 10:10 AMReply

    I utterly disagree about Silence of the Lambs being "about" Hannibal Lecter. Lecter is the supporting character; it's Starling's movie from start to finish, and her character's arc drives the action completely.In fact, it's the most feminist film in that entire list.

  • Anonymous | February 25, 2011 4:48 AMReply

    I really liked this video.

    It says what needs to be said but does so with a calmer tone. It does not treat men's films like a supreme evil, but rather as what they are, overvalued.

  • rick adams | February 25, 2011 4:44 AMReply

    i think a deeper question is...How do we encourage young girls to become filmmakers? i've been teaching high school digital filmmaking for 6 years now and i hardly ever have girls sign up for my class. my observation is that most boys like cameras, computers, effects, etc... so they quickly gravitate to filmmaking. i continually reach out to the girls in our school to take the class but most of them would rather take dance, drama, or orchestra. we need more young female filmmakers period! they are more mature and don't rely on bells and whistles make films. their stories are most always better than my teenage boys. if hollywood is going to change it has to start with the youth.

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