Film Addendum with Jessica Hargreaves
As her work has a cinematic quality, I initially had this idea of framing my interview with Jessica Hargreaves around film. It didn't work, but over the years some of my favorite films and conversations have been a direct result of Hargreaves' recommendations. So as an aside, I'm sharing a couple of the movies we've watch and discussed - both the most liked and the most controversial.
The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947)
So many layers of beauty and poignancy in this film, it's a whole conversation in itself. Like many good tales, it resonates at both fantastical and real levels while remaining conceptually relevant. Hargreaves recommended this movie a decade ago and it's been in my top 10 ever since.
The Red Shoes (1948)
Technicolor dreams and painterly horrors of a woman's choice. It's visually stunning and historically fascinating, calling upon modern and classical dance in all its cultural and artistic drama of the time.
The most recent picture of the bunch. A story of strength. Without giving anything away, it's not what it might initially seem.
The Women (1939)
I thought Hargreaves recommended this to me years ago. She says she did no such thing.
This is the difficult one of the bunch to digest, but it's worth a watch and discussion, if only for the reflection on our collective cultural memory. It is witty and yet painful. The original play, written by Clare Boothe Luce, herself a somewhat conflicted character in US history, features only women...and the animals for which they are compared to. The setting is white, upper-class in what is assumed to be New York. The movie, while adapted to screen by two women and starring only women, is directed by a man, George Cukor.