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AQUARIUS (2016) partial analysis

In The Greater London Pensioner Association newsletter (October 2017) Judith Olley writes about the Representation of Older People on Film. It is refreshing to read about films from an older person’s viewpoint and I picked up two films that I … Continue reading

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Make Mine Mink (1960) at the Ealing Oldies Network meeting.

I was asked by the Ealing Oldies Network to show them a film and lead the following discussion. EON is a friendship group of old people who meet locally every Monday. It is self organised, people share their knowledge and … 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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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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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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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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The Old Woman and some British Comedies.

Whisky Galore (1949) was shown on the TV at the approach to Xmas. A very male comedy where Georges’ mother, a controlling bigot with no redeeming features, treats her adult son like a naughty child.   The part is played by Jean … 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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IN THE COMPANY OF STRANGERS take 3

The theme of the Penzance Literature Festival was Vision. I was delighted to be invited to give an alternative vision of old women in film.  I chose The Company of Strangers. ( I prefer to use the Canadian original title … Continue reading

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THE COMPANY OF STRANGERS, STRANGERS IN GOOD COMPANY (1990)

Written in 2007 We usually analyze a film because it is intriguing.  Indeed this film intrigued me. The first time I saw it I was dealing with a father deep in the nightmare of dementia and a mother immobilized by … Continue reading

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AMOUR – A PERSONAL VIEW

At long last Amour. I was waiting for our film group to meet before writing about this amazing film. Being interested in how viewers receive a film and what is on-screen I found that above all other films Amour demands … Continue reading

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Old women, comedies and social issues

I have neglected the British comedies of the 30s-60s  in my research, yet  some representations of the older woman seem to be very interesting in these films. Our Older Women in Film  Group had noted that in British produced 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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The Queen of Spades ( 1949)

Apart from a few people who were familiar with the genre, the Lexi/U3A audience this time was bemused. There are many themes one could explore in the film based on the Pushkin novella: gambling, good versus evil, greed, the supernatural, the … Continue reading

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Volver : women’s lives and deaths

The U3A screening at the Lexi in March was Almodovar’s Volver. The audience, as usual composed of a majority of women, greatly appreciated the film.   This was expressed by lively contributions by many of them. There were general comments: idealisation … Continue reading

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ALEXANDRA 2007

  February 7th. 2010 Since my MA dissertation on Le Chat (le chat.pdf) I have been fascinated by the various factors that affect the reception of a film. I mentioned in November how the description of Since Otar Left in the … Continue reading

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Mid August Lunch

December 14th, 2009 Mid August Lunch is out on DVD and I am nervous writing about it. The film has been highly praised by reviewers and has obtained a few awards, in particular the Satyajit Ray Award at the London … Continue reading

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