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Gary Harmon <[log in to unmask]>
Tue, 19 Nov 2002 19:47:42 EST
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For Mark Pizzato and his interest in violent screen women:
You may want to consider the grandmama of violent film women:
    Scarlett O'Hara.

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.

Gary Harmon

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

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.


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

FAX: 704-687-3795

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