Céline Sciamma’s film, Portrait of a Lady on Fire, offers a countermeasure to centuries of the male gaze in art, reaching out to other female artists and poets in its study of desire and creation. – Serena Scateni, LFF/BFI. More:
‘Wonder Woman’ (1941) was conceived by Dr. Marston to set up a standard among children and young people of strong, free, courageous womanhood; to combat the idea that women are inferior to men, and to inspire girls to self-confidence and achievement in athletics, occupations and professions monopolized by men. – Jill Lepore, The New Yorker. [reposting from several years back] More:
Mesopotamian princess, priestess, writer and poet, who authored hymns to the love goddess Inanna (Semitic Ishtar), also noted difficulties in the creative process. Apparently, writer’s block was a problem even in 2285-2250 BCE. – Louise Pryke, The Conversation. More:
It’s hard to believe now, but women learning the classics was a genuine threat to male power. Against this long background of misogyny and fear, it is surprising, but not astonishing, that the first English translation of the Odyssey by a woman has only now come out. – Annalisa Quinn, NPR. More:
The King Arthur legend has multiple elements, among them a love story involving the king, Guinevere, and Sir Lancelot. This version incorporated fantasy, swords, sorcery, and FX, but didn’t bother with romance or significant female characters. – Tom Brueggemann, IndieWire. Read More:
Siduri, goddess of beer, urged the hero Gilgamesh to enjoy life’s simple pleasures — the company of loved ones, good food and clean clothes — perhaps an example of Mesopotamian mindfulness. — Louise Pryke, Macquarie University, The Conversation. Read More:
James Cameron provides audiences with a rich film experience by using all three levels of brain stimulation simultaneously: biological stimulus, social emotion, and intellectual metaphor. – Mike Hill, Film & Game Concept Designer.
Mike gives a breakdown of the cinematic storytelling techniques used by James Cameron in Terminator 2. Watch Video:
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