Friday, July 24, 2009

Patriarchy Approved Movies

Glad to see I'm not the only one who is sick and tired of having to hunt far and wide for a movie that's not always and forever all about the men. This comes from Froma Harrop:

Today only 28 percent of the movie actors with speaking parts are female. In 1946, the number was 25 percent. The few actresses chosen are mostly under 40, and even the supposedly older parts are filled with women far younger than their characters.

In “Alexander” (2004), Angela Jolie was one year older than the actor playing her son. As the mature Mrs. Robinson in “The Graduate” (1967), Anne Bancroft was only six years older than Dustin Hoffman, the recent college boy she was trying to seduce. Gloria Swanson had just turned 50 when she portrayed the haggard Norma Desmond. . .

If the middle-age men running Hollywood need to surround themselves with young chicks, that’s their business. But ordinary and older women buy lots of tickets. They want to see their stories told.