Category Archives: FILM RECEPTION

TATIE DANIELLE (1990)

This is the third group of older women who viewed and discussed the film apart from the 101 U3A members (see previous post in 2005 and resources for the BFI Guide to Older Women in Film). I was surprised again … Continue reading

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The Whales of August 3 .

My 4th viewing with a group. Only one of the 7 women present had seen the film before and her comment was very interesting. The first time was at the BFI/U3A study day event 10 years ago. I found it … Continue reading

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WRINKLES (2012)

I quote here a few lines  of my 2013 post that dealt with the wonderful Intergenerational Film Festival Lumiere Blanche organised by the geriatrician Dr. Jean Jacques Depassio. The Festival is no more, but the DVD Wrinkles has been released in the USA and … Continue reading

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Camera Obscura (2008) or what happens next?

Camera Obscura (2008) is an Argentinian film directed by Maria Victoria Menis. It is not about an old woman but I thought that this unknown film is well worth watching and studying for its multimedia form, its outdoor lyrical shots, … Continue reading

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Persona (1966)

Having no time over this Xmas period to read Elsaesser, Sontag, Strick and the many other essays, reviews about Persona I decided to put down a few notes here and hope that I will be able to elaborate some other … Continue reading

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The Ladykillers (1955) revisited

We were only 6 members aged between 58 and 81 to see The Ladykillers.  A good discussion followed the viewing. Subjects :  stereotyping, the ambiguity of Mrs.Wilberforce’s character, her clothes,  the word irritating was often voiced,  the difficulty of agreeing on slapstick humour. Generally I … Continue reading

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Went The Day Well ? (1942)

For the film group this month I chose Went The Day Well? I had seen the film, probably at the NFT, a long time ago. At the time I had just started to research the subject. The film impressed me because … Continue reading

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FILM GROUP (Make way for tomorrow)

Believe me, age is not just a number. At 81 I felt that I did not enjoy anymore the stress of organising a film group that was running out of steam and decided to retire. To my delight a younger … Continue reading

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London Film Festival 2015

I saw two films featuring an old woman at the Festival this year: Grandma (2015 ) ticked all the boxes :  Lily Tomlin,  lesbian relationship,  angry grandmother, women’s liberation, the 70s, odd characters,  good granddaughter/grandmother relationship , difficult one with daughter, teenager … Continue reading

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THE WINTER GUEST (film reception)

Ever since I compared film critics’ and a group of older women’s views of Le Chat*  I have been interested in the way people react to films. Why are some elements of the film not perceived, or registered and what is … Continue reading

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