For Mark Pizzato and his interest in violent screen women:
You may want to consider the grandmama of violent film women:
So far as I know, she may be the first woman to put a hole in a man (the
leering Union soldier), use a whip on another man or two, and slap
(the female equivalent of a fist for the time?) about
four persons in the course of her Gone With the Wind journey. And of
course, her words are sometimes sharp and wounding as well, the verbal
version of 'violent.'
I would be interested in knowing whether anyone can name any more
such phallic women who might predate Scarlett.
Also, for a resource, do consult the book, Tough Girls.
An interesting variation on your project would be a course on
Violent Women and Nurturing Men in Film
(I nominate John Bayley's heroic nurture and unconditional love, in IRIS,
as one of the best versions of this newly-filmed capacity for men
in a changing contemporary world.) Men with low testosterone may
have been coming along in film all along. Take a look.
Your list is recent, of course
In a message dated 11/19/02 4:03:49 PM, [log in to unmask] writes:
<< I'm teaching a spring course on "Violent Screen Women." Here are the films
I have used in teaching this course before (or plan to add), but I'm looking
for others that any of you might recommend as insightful or significant.
Also, does anyone know if THE BROOD is available on VHS/DVD in the United
States? It's only available in Britain according to IMDB.com.
Psycho [videorecording] / dir. Alfred Hitchcock
Alien [videorecording] / dir. Ridley Scott
Aliens [videorecording] / directed by James Cameron.
Alien3 [videorecording] / a film by David Fincher.
Alien resurrection [videorecording] /directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Beloved, dir Jonathan Demme
The exorcist [videorecording] /Warner Bros. Pictures ; a William Friedkin
The Hunger [videorecording] / Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer ; directed by Tony Scott.
Carrie [videorecording] / United Artists ; directed by Brian De Palma.
I spit on your grave [videorecording] / Cinemagic Pictures, directed by Meir
Sisters (De Palma, 1973)
The Silence of the lambs [videorecording]
Interview with a Vampire
Bram Stoker's Dracula [videorecording] / directed by Francis Ford Coppola
Thelma and Louise
Fatal attraction [videorecording]
Basic instinct [videorecording] : directed byPaul Verhoeven.
Terminator 2 [videorecording] : judgment day / directed by James Cameron
Death And The Maiden / [Videorecording] Roman Polanski
WITCHES OF EASTWICK, dir. George Miller (1987)
BLUE STEEL (1990, dir. Kathryn Bigelow)
MORTAL THOUGHTS (1991, dir. Alan Rudolph)
BLACK WIDOW (1986, dir. Bob Rafelson)
DEATH BECOMES HER (1992, dir. Zemeckis)
Diabolique (Les diaboliques), 1955. Director, Henri-Georges Clouzot
Diabolique [videorecording] / Directed by Jeremiah Chechik.
CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON, dir. Ang Lee (2000)
HEAVENLY CREATURES, dir. Peter Jackson (1994)
HEATHERS, dir. Michael Lehmann (1989)
THE STEPFATHER, dir. Joseph Ruben (1987)
Extremities (Robert M. Young, 1986)
The Brood (David Cronenberg, 1979)
Mark Pizzato, PhD
Assoc. Prof. of Theatre
Dept. of Dance and Theatre
Univ. of North Carolina at Charlotte
Charlotte, NC 28223
Phone: (704) 687-4488
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