Monthly Archives: March 2014
We’re entering the third month of the Female Filmmaker Friday feature. I hope I have introduced y’all to some great cinema and hope to keep doing for a long time! The more I read about the abysmal numbers of women behind the scenes in cinema, the more I realize we need to rally around the few who have gotten to make films, make them as well-known as their male contemporaries and ignite a spark in the younger generation of women to carry the torch and not give up. If I help in that in any way, I will. That said, this week I am writing about Sally Potter’s Orlando, which I just saw for a first time a few weeks back. I used to own the Virginia Woolf book on which it is based, but somehow never read it.
Mr. Chips: You must go. Goodbye, Kathy.
Katherine: Goodbye, Mr. Chips. [She kisses him.]
Mr. Chips: Miss Kathy! Kathy! You. . .you kissed me!
Katherine: I know, it was dreadful of me.
Mr. Chips: Oh, no. . . but do you. . . are we. . . oh, this is awful. Look here. you’ll have to marry me now, you know!
Katherine: Do you want to?
Mr. Chips: Do I?! Do you?
Katherine: Dreadfully! Goodbye, my dear!
Mr. Chips: Oh Kathy, you can’t go now!
Mr. Chips: Goodbye!
Movie Quote of the Day – Ultimo tango a Parigi (Last Tango in Paris), 1972 (dir. Bernardo Bertolucci)
This is my 8th piece for Female Filmmaker Friday and I thought with the news of Věra Chytilová’s passing this week it would be the perfect time to discuss her seminal work of 1960s feminist film. Chytilová was an important member of the Czech New Wave and basically the only major voice of that movement to stay in her home country despite its harsh reception of subversive art and often being subjected to censorship and having her films banned in her own country. She’s a fascinating figure and deserves much more attention that she often gets.