From the women’s picture to the chick flick

I wrongly assumed that it would be easy to fire off a blog briefly summarizing the history of women’s pictures. When I began, I quickly realized that it is a genre that’s simplistically treated as synonymous with both weepies/tearjerkers and their near opposite, the rom-com; it quickly proved to be more than I bargained for, which … Continue reading From the women’s picture to the chick flick

Women of the Western — Female-centric Horse Operas

  Since the dawn of film theory, film critics have loved the Western; probably because its engagement with formula and its psychological subtext are so obvious, so close to the surface, that theorizing about westerns is a bit like kicking gravel and striking oil. The genre bears a similarity to tales of knights errant, who … Continue reading Women of the Western — Female-centric Horse Operas

26 women’s history fictional films

  Le Mépris (1963)   ***** Eric Brightwell is an adventurer, writer, rambler, explorer, cartographer, and guerrilla gardener who is always seeking writing, speaking, traveling, and art opportunities — or salaried work. He is not interested in writing advertorials, clickbait, listicles, or other 21st century variations of spam. Brightwell’s written work has appeared in Amoeblog, diaCRITICS, and KCET Departures. His … Continue reading 26 women’s history fictional films

24 Fact-Based Films Celebrate Women’s History Month

***** Eric Brightwell is an adventurer, writer, rambler, explorer, cartographer, and guerrilla gardener who is always seeking writing, speaking, traveling, and art opportunities — or salaried work. He is not interested in writing advertorials, clickbait, listicles, or other 21st century variations of spam. Brightwell’s written work has appeared in Amoeblog, diaCRITICS, and KCET Departures. His work has been featured by the American … Continue reading 24 Fact-Based Films Celebrate Women’s History Month

Alice Guy-Blaché – First Female of Film Direction

  EARLY YEARS Alice Guy was born on July 1, 1873. Her French parents were working in Chile, where they owned a chain of bookstores. When Alice's mother got pregnant, the couple returned to Paris where Alice was born. Soon after, her parents returned to South America and left her to be raised by her … Continue reading Alice Guy-Blaché – First Female of Film Direction

Senegalese Film

During the Colonial era, cinematic images of Africa and its people were entirely the work of Western filmmakers. The Tarzan movies, African Queen, King Solomon's Mines and others were usually filmed on soundstages half a world away from Africa and made little to no effort toward authenticity, instead trading in exoticism aimed primarily at exploiting … Continue reading Senegalese Film

Happy New Year! Or, Stay Home and Watch a New Year’s Eve-Centric Movie

After the Thin Man (entire film)   https://dailymotion.com/video/x1urcgk Ирония судьбы, или С лёгким паром! (Part 1 of 2)     Metropolitan (trailer) New Year's Evil (entire film) Rudolph's Shiny New Year (entire film) Terror Train (trailer) Вовочка (trailer)                           ***** Eric Brightwell is an adventurer, … Continue reading Happy New Year! Or, Stay Home and Watch a New Year’s Eve-Centric Movie

Happy Thanksgiving — The evolution of Thanksgiving

December 4, 1619. 38 Brits got together in Charles Cittie. Captain John Woodleaf spake, "Wee ordaine that the day of our ships arrival at the place assigned for plantacon in the land of Virginia shall be yearly and perpetually keept holy as a day of thanksgiving to Almighty god." Wahunsenacawhk , Matoaka, and John Rolfe They … Continue reading Happy Thanksgiving — The evolution of Thanksgiving

Cinéma Direct vs. Cinéma Verité – The Quest for Cinematic Truth

Today marks the one billionth time the term "cinéma vérité" was used in a manner with which I don't agree. This time it was in reference to a shaky-cam advertisement for blue jeans or cell phones or something. Cinéma Direct Cinéma Direct is documentary genre that began in Quebec in 1958. The Quiet Revolution, a cultural … Continue reading Cinéma Direct vs. Cinéma Verité – The Quest for Cinematic Truth