I’m Ready For My Closeup, Mr. DeMille

Women have been a vital part of Hollywood ever since film made it’s breakthrough in the early twentieth century. Despite their perceived dominance on screen, women have struggled to establish themselves as serious additions to film history. Women, even in the twenty-first century, still work to be seen as serious contenders among their male peers…

Now that that is out of the way, let me introduce the point of this blog. I hereby promise not to complain on every post. This is a place not only to discuss the struggles women face in being taken seriously in Hollywood, but to celebrate their accomplishments as well. I’ll be following the work of female actors, directors, editors, screenwriters, you name it, over the next few weeks. I’ll be discussing their role in the coming Oscar’s race, and how they play in to the traditionally non-diverse role they place. I’ll also try to update my calendar with movie release dates for films that are directed by, or targeted towards women.

Women have been struggling to break out of their traditional roles in film, and have struggles making steps in genres that are typically seen as masculine. When women do make films in this genre or step beyond drama and romance, they receive great amounts of criticism, and most often this comes from the public, rather than critics (See last summer’s Ghostbusters release).

But despite harshness and cruelty from others, this year is shaping up to be one of the most profound for female directors and actors. The world is moving beyond the typically male driven film, and films are not being made solely for men or women anymore. And this is to be celebrated, which I hope to do over the next few weeks. I promise not to be a feminist kill-joy, and might even convince you that feminist film is the future, for audiences of all genders.

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