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THE RARE AND RIDICULE. Ageism in Hollywood popular films.

  The online Guardian of 14 Sept,  headlined “Older characters underrepresentated and ridiculed in Hollywood”. Under a close-up  of Helen Mirren’s face and neck unretouched showing her lines and wrinkles the article proceeds to report: …research conducted by the Media, … 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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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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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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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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QUARTET (2012)

SEE ALSO UNDER ‘RESOURCES’  THE FILM GROUP RESPONSES When I first saw Quartet at the London Film Festival I was as enthralled as the whole audience. We left the cinema with smiles on our faces. There were so many pleasures … Continue reading

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BAFTA 2013

Against my better judgement I sat down doing my word puzzles while watching the BAFTA awards ceremony. I just could not believe it when I heard that The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel was nominated for best British film and that … Continue reading

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Films and demographic changes.

I thought my days of getting angry were over. Not so.  I broke my vow of remaining silent in public meetings and  spoke out in anger stunning the audience and the panel. It was at the annual Pensioners Forum for … Continue reading

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Little Old Rich Ladies

The Brent U3A  term has started. Another member of the group has taken over the monthly programming. The Lexi still advertise the afternoon sessions as  “Hidden Gems” as if Senior Matinees would deter some viewers. To be fair when they … Continue reading

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Alive and Kicking at the Marigold Hotel

It is good to be able to have a dialogue with another researcher about films and older women. Claire Mortimer  in her blog (http://matrons.wordpress.com) looks at old women in British comedies. I commented about Alive and Kicking (1959) and it … Continue reading

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The Grey Pound, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, The Older Demographic

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel has captured the ‘grey pound says Charles Grant in Sight and Sound  (May issue, Matinee idol P.9). He proceeds to quote the ex boss of Fox Searchlight Peter Rice “there’s an older audience and we … Continue reading

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Kermode, French, Bradshaw and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

My daughter mentioned very casually that Mark Kermode, film critic, found The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel ‘charming’, and that there had been some heated dissent from his listeners on Radio 5. As I suspected, this film, like all well-directed, well acted feel-good films, … Continue reading

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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel  As with Potiche and Something Gotta Give, I am at the moment desperately impatient and bored with this film. I cannot even bring myself to read the reviews,  or consider it seriously. I just think it is … Continue reading

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