Tag Archives: Ageing

KEEPING MUM (2005) or “it is the least a mother can do”

Like Tatie Danielle, Keeping Mum is difficult to categorise. The reviewers call it a black comedy and their assessments range from Ebert and Rope “It’s probably one of the funniest films to come out of England in years” to Philip French “laboured … Continue reading

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The Second Marigold Hotel

“Just because I’m looking at you when you talk, don’t think I’m listening — or even interested.”  Maggie Smith to Judy Dench I had a free couple of hours and decided reluctantly to see The Second Exotic Marigold Hotel as a … Continue reading

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TATIE DANIELLE (1990) The little old woman

” I am a lonely old woman in the hands of a lunatic.” Tatie Danielle  It is difficult to write about Tatie Danielle.  A film hard to categorise. It is not black comedy nor satire as it is sometimes described being … Continue reading

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THE OTHERNESS OF THE OLD WOMAN Take 3

Old woman as ‘other’ and films In my blog of Nov. 2009 I wrote: When I first started to show films featuring women of 60 years and over to my contemporaries, I was 63. Some of the women in the … Continue reading

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BABOUSSIA (2003) self sacrificing great grandmother

I have used italics for film quotes and bold italics for director’s quotes mainly from http://www.kinoglaz.fr/u_fiche_film.php?num=60 in French or the extras from the DVD.  I have used the spelling of Baboussia used on the DVD cover but there are different … Continue reading

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MUM AND ME – SUE BOURNE TV DOCUMENTARY

When I started my blog on the representation of old women I needed to limit my field of research. I decided to exclude animation, because I am not very versed in the genre, and documentaries because the area might be … Continue reading

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MAMADRAMA (2001) The Jewish Mother Stereotype

http://www.jewishfilm.org/Catalogue/films/mamadrama.html This will be a very personal view of the documentary Mamadrama: The Jewish Mother in Cinema.(2001). When I arrived from the Middle East and settled in London I was puzzled by the expression “She is such a Jewish Mother”. … Continue reading

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THE OLD WOMAN WHO WALKED IN THE SEA (1991)

I found a VHS subtitled copy of The Old Woman Who Walked in the Sea. I had seen the film ages ago but must have decided not to show it to the film group because of its language. Now when … Continue reading

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THE STRAIGHT STORY 2

Ageist language I could not resist flagging. From the NFT viewing notes of Charulata (1964 – dir. Satyajit Ray) I quote   : … I saw old women doddering out of the cinema with tears in their eyes …. the ancient women emerging … Continue reading

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THE PROPRIETOR (1996)

During my research on a certain subject I sometimes come across a bit of information that seems irrelevant and that I dismiss automatically and yet it seems that my brain has retained it without knowing where it came from. In … Continue reading

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UNHOOK THE STARS (1996)

I am glad I rediscovered this film after seeing Opening Night and am once again surprised that such a relevant film has never been mentioned in any list of older women in film that I have come across. Nick Cassavetes in his interviews declares … Continue reading

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OPENING NIGHT (1977) : Inside I feel 18 years old

In my previous post I analysed a 4 minutes scene where Myrtle is challenged about her inability to act the role of an older woman, Virginia, or disclose her age. This crucial scene occurs nearly half way through the film. It … Continue reading

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OPENING NIGHT: age does not matter?

I cannot remember when I first saw Cassavetes’ Opening Night (1977), maybe before I got interested  in the representation of old women in film.  All I remember is that I came out of the cinema bewildered. I did not understand its style, … Continue reading

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Love of the cinema and generations.

As you can see in the comments on the Film Guide section, Paola has reminded me  of two Cassavetes films that deal with women and age. She wrote her MA dissertation on : Gena Rowlands et le renouveau de la … Continue reading

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Le Week-End (2013) or Modern Paris and Nostalgia.

Le Weekend is a mess. A majority of reviews describe it as a romantic comedy, albeit some qualify this by saying it is a bitter-sweet account of a 30 years old marital relationship. American, British and French critics on the … Continue reading

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ADVANCED STYLE (2014): not a work of art.

Oh dear! what can I say ? In my last post I quoted Bazin about reviews: “Let us say that the ideal would be to be able to help efficiently those we like and to have little influence on the … Continue reading

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Cultural Gerontology and Films

On the film front the 8th International Conference on Cultural Gerontology was not very exciting for me as opposed to other presentations.  SEE: http://ageingageismdiary.wordpress.com The majority of papers on visual representation were about TV programmes none of which were familiar to … Continue reading

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ANTONIA’S LINE – Antidote to sexism.

For our film group this month I chose Antonia’s Line (1995). Why did I pick this film from  my collection? Three reasons spring to mind.   In a new book about ageing: Lynn Segal’s ‘Out of Time, the Pleasures and Perils of … Continue reading

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NEBRASKA (2013) part 1

In the last few months I have been unable to attend the U3A screenings at the Lexi but this week I managed to see Nebraska.  I usually do not comment on films after a first viewing and I thought that … Continue reading

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SOUS LE SABLE (UNDER THE SAND)

A little while ago Under the Sand (2000) was considered for screening at an event on ageing.   I had excluded it from my blog and film group list because Charlotte Rampling was 54 years old when Ozon shot this mystery … Continue reading

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FABULOUS FASHIONISTAS

Although my blog is about old women and feature films, I will consider a television  documentary broadcast on September 17th 2013 on Channel 4.  I think it is a very important programme in the field of representation of old women. … Continue reading

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Innocence (2000)

Innocence is a beautiful and complex film. Long before The Mother (2003) was hailed as a breakthrough in the cinematic representation of sexual desire in an older woman, and Cloud 9 (2006) widely given as an example of images of an old couple … Continue reading

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Bechdel Test and Symbolic Annihilation

Girls on Film in Partnership with Little White Lies day of panel discussions focusing on the representation of women in film.  I attended two of the panel discussions of the Under Wire Festival: the Bechdel Test and Act Your Age. … Continue reading

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Philomena (2013)

Brief thoughts and no spoilers. Go and See Philomena while it is still on the big screen. Make a note of it if you are not in the UK.  At long last Judy Dench, in a role that uses her … Continue reading

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LUMINATE FESTIVAL AND JANE GRANT’S PRESENTATION

Luminate, Scotland’s creative ageing festival ran for its second year this October. Events took place in almost every region, even the Outer Hebrides, and included exhibitions, films, and live performances (music, poetry, dance and theatre). There were also discussions, debates, … Continue reading

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MIRROR MIRROR CONFERENCE

“The photo is never a mirror” Dr.  Margaret Morganroth Gullette After I attended the Lumière Blanche Festival I explored with another member of the Film Group the possibilities of reaching  and exposing young people to images of old women. We … Continue reading

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LUMIERE BLANCHE 2013 PROGRAMME

My last post about the Festival Lumiere Blanche 2013 is the list of films shown. For me  the shorts were a real revelation. I felt sorry not to have given the genre more attention.  The ones I saw at this … Continue reading

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LE FILM PERMET DE LIBERER LA PAROLE DR. J.J. DEPASSIO

Films permit free conversations says Dr. Depassio.  Dr. Jean-Jacques Depassio, geriatrician, works at the Hopital de Fourvière – Centre de Gérontology in Lyon. He is the organiser of the Lumière Blanche Intergenerational film Festival. I realised the first time I … Continue reading

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LUMIERE BLANCHE INTERGENERATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

I am just back from attending the Lumiere Blanche Festival in Tassin-la-Demi-Lune. This is the intriguing name of a suburb of Lyon, the birth town of the brothers Lumiere and also of Bertrand Tavernier. The festival took place in an … Continue reading

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REFLECTIONS ON POINTS OF VIEW

In the last few months I have been asked – as an expert on old women in films –  to be a panelist at two festivals, and to present a film at a literature festival. I  declined the  first two … Continue reading

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