Friday, February 22, 2008

women of substance

My friend Tommy wrote a great post on his blog Enjoy Every Sandwich about men in film he'd most want to emulate. Well, there's a lot more to it than that, but he's got a swell list, which inspired me to create one of my own with women in film. Since my memory isn't what it used to be, I actually had to visit my Netflix site and review my favorite flicks and the characters in them. Wow, the women really fall into the "pretty trinket" category in most movies.

trin·ket [tring-kit] –noun
1.a small ornament, piece of jewelry, etc., usually of little value.
2.anything of trivial value.

Even the ones where a gal is the lead, she's typically driven by unrealistic romantic longing. Sigh. It was MUCH harder than I thought to come up with a list of female film characters who were powerful, smart, inspiring, memorable, and more than hookers with hearts of gold.

So, here's my list, but like Tommy wisely said..."
We're all lashed to the tracks. Our job is to free ourselves."

1. Melanie Hamilton-Wilkes "Gone With the Wind"
2. Amelie Poulain "Amelie"
3. Maude "Harold and Maude"
4. Pai "Whale Rider"
5. Tessa Quayle "The Constant Gardener"

1 comment:

Tommy said...

Wow, Stacey - flattered that the post inspired you to make your own list. You're right, women are often subjugated to 'trinket' roles in films. Good for you for finding a list of five that speak to you. Pai from "Whale Rider" is my fave from your list.

I think two of my favorite female characters on-screen were played by Meryl Streep - the heroine in "The River Wild" and the neurotic, but recovering addict in "Postcards from the Edge". "River Wild" role was definitely one worth emulating. Not so much in "Postcards", but she had that Carrie Fisher wit/wisdom about her that made her seem to be her own woman, flaws and all.

Good for you for picking five women who Hollywood didn't opt to sell out as a hooker with a heart of gold or as the damsel tied to the tracks waiting for the guy in the white hat to come untie her. (My next list will feature the five actresses I would like to have tie ME to the tracks...) ;-)

Hope Hollywood keeps creating roles that allow women to show their superior substance!