BE PRETTY AND SHUT UP (Delphine Seyrig, 1981) “Sois belle et tais toi”
Posted on January 19, 2013 by Comingout coil
24 famous actress make their coming out about being an actress in the movie industry, not so fun!
“They say I’m castrating just by looking at me. Do you feel castrated?”
This anti-illusive exercise in cinematic herstory compiles the recollections and analyses of Jane Fonda, Juliet Berto, Maria Schneider and other international starlets about the victories and prospects of Women’s Liberation on the severe patriarchy of popular film production and the society that bolsters it.
Directed by long-time actress-activist Delphine Seyrig, previously compelled to ‘be pretty and shut up’ by such arch-auteurs as Alain Resnais, Luis Bunuel, and Francois Truffaut. Preceded by Seyrig’s 1976 recitation of Valerie Solanas’ infamous second-wave call to arms, ‘The S.C.U.M. Manifesto’.
FEMINIZING FILM PRAXIS
This very interesting footage comes from behind the scenes of Jeanne Dielmann filming, year 1974.
Delphine Seyrig tells her reasons why every woman should be a feminist, why she supports abortion, what is the difference between position of low-ranked men vs. women, what has changed since she was 14 and what changes she expects women cinema is going to bring. Unfortunately, the footage ends abruptly so we don’t get to hear what was the result of questionary on priority difference between educated young men and women, but judging from the beginning of the sentence, it was obviously proven that women, although highly educated, are still very family-oriented in the traditional sense.
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