Women & The Movies

"Te doy mis ojos" was directed by Iciar Bollain and contains a rare and rarely strong female protagonist.
"Te doy mis ojos" was directed by Iciar Bollain and contains a rare and rarely strong female protagonist.

How does the film world represent women, in general? Think about it: review the questions below with a piece of paper and a pen and take note of your experience as an audience-member. Get messy and colorful, please - and feel free to send me pictures at OnSoapBox@gmail.com (they will be posted on http://pazfilmsproject.tumblr.com/):

0) How do you identify your gender?

1) How often do you identify with characters you see on-screen?

2) In the last three films you've seen, how many characters were women? Also note if any of the films were directed by a woman.

3) Would you consider the roles those women were playing major or minor?

3.5) What happened to those characters?

4) Did any of those films have a female protagonist - the lead role?

5) If yes, consider the things that happened to her. Think of what the main events of the film and the end - where does she end up?

6) On that track, what actions did she take in the film? Where did she alter the course of events?

7) Now, look at this portrait of your most recent film history. What does this say about women in film? How do you feel about it?

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Comments 4 comments

Anonymous Mouse 5 years ago

0. Male

1. Sometimes (when they're friggin' awesome)

2. Lethal Weapon (0 women), Black Hawk Down (0 women), Escape From New York (1 or 2 women)

3. Minor, and relatively unimporant

4. No

5. No

6. Women aren't often heavily involved in violent, gritty movies.

7. There are no women in the films I watch, only burly men (Ca-ching!)

7.


ILK 5 years ago

0.Male

1.(30%)

2.Only one,& none directed by woman

3. Minor

3.5 Suffer

4.No

5.......

6.Comply with his position as a victim, around the middle of the film.

7.Inferior and disposable characters, I think is unfair and unwise, and should change.


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Kaitlin Sansoucie 5 years ago from New York City Author

Thanks for participating! Keep responses coming, readers :D


Nighthawksdawn 5 years ago

0) How do you identify your gender?

I'm a woman.

1) How often do you identify with characters you see on-screen?

Often, but usually not in mainstream movies. I think that filmmakers want to make characters relatable in some way, to appeal to the audience.

2) In the last three films you've seen, how many characters were women? Also note if any of the films were directed by a woman.

F/M: from memory - 1 out of 12, 6 out of 17, 5 in 10. None were directed by a woman.

3) Would you consider the roles those women were playing major or minor?

In the ones with women, there was 1) 2 major/leadings roles, and 2)1 leading role and 2 female supporting characters

3.5) What happened to those characters?

In the first the role was an Afghan woman - a non-speaking character. The second was about a rape victim and her lawyer, so the main character was the lead because she was raped, in a way. The third was a girl who was left by her BF in Tokyo and had to find her own way - she turns out well (but it's sort of a silly story - not very realistic).

4) Did any of those films have a female protagonist - the lead role?

Yes.

5) If yes, consider the things that happened to her. Think of what the main events of the film and the end - where does she end up?

The films were very, very different genres, but they generally ended on "high" notes - with a positive result. But I can remember lots of times this wasn't the case...

6) On that track, what actions did she take in the film? Where did she alter the course of events?

Well, in the two films with female leads, they were treated really badly for awhile by the men around them. Then they proved they could make their own way and they got what they wanted in the end.

7) Now, look at this portrait of your most recent film history. What does this say about women in film? How do you feel about it?

Movies about women might be getting more progressive. I feel like I would like to see more blockbusters with leading women and I really don't like the boom-boom-bang-bang crap that's in so many movies nowadays - it's such a waste of money.

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