One of my very favorite classic Hollywood movies is the 1941 version of A Woman’s Face, starring Joan Crawford and Melvyn Douglas. Anna Holm, an embittered woman with a disfigured face, blackmails women who cheat on their husbands. Caught in the house of one of her victims’ husbands, he turns out to be a plastic surgeon who offers to operate on her face. The operation is successful, but Anna is still mired in criminal schemes.
This is Part 10 of my series on mythic structure, or monomyth.
1. This stage is the climax of your story.
The Ordeal was the major crisis; now your hero is facing his final and most terrifying confrontation with death.
2. It is often a major set piece sequence. Continue reading “Thoughts on Mythic Structure: Resurrection”
This post is part of the Anti-Damsel Blogathon, hosted by Fritzi at Movies, Silently and Jo at The Last Drive In. Read the rest of the posts HERE! When I was in college, I had a wonderful professor named Dr. … Continue reading The Furies: The Anti-Damsel with a Daddy Fixation
This post is part of the Barrymore Trilogy Blogathon, hosted by Crystal at In the Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood. See the list of other participants HERE! The Wedding Singer (1998) was Drew Barrymore’s first of three onscreen pairings … Continue reading The Barrymore Trilogy Blogathon: The Wedding Singer
This post is part of the 2nd Annual British Invaders Blogathon, hosted by Terry at A Shroud of Thoughts. Read the other great posts HERE! ARCHIE: So you robbed the jewelers, turned one of your lovers over to the police, … Continue reading A Fish Called Wanda: an English/American Love/Hate Story
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I recently watched (again) the charming movie Julie & Julia. It stars Meryl Streep as television chef and cookbook author Julia Child and Amy Adams as Julie Powell, who wrote a blog about making… Continue reading Julie & Julia And The Lives Of Writers
I am a huge fan of Kim Stanley Robinson’s Mars Trilogy, his epic tale of the first 100 colonists on Mars.
(Still waiting anxiously as of this writing for the TV adaptation. Hello, hello–any news on casting yet?)
I’ve read some of his other books, but none of them have captivated me in quite the same way as the Mars books.
The anti-hero in popular culture is fairly common.
The anti-heroine, not so much.
One usually has to reach into the past to find an honest-to-goodness anti-heroine, and you’ll still only come up with a few: William Makepeace Thackery’s Becky Sharp, Daniel Defoe’s Moll Flanders, Margaret Mitchell’s Scarlett O’Hara.
The anti-heroine, Amber St. Clair, of the 1944 novel and 1947 film adaptation Forever Amber owes a lot to these predecessors.
This post is part of The Beatles Film Blogathon, hosted by Steve at Movie Movie Blog Blog. Steve is holding this blogathon in honor of Ringo Starr’s 75th birthday (July 7) and his recent induction into the Rock and Roll … Continue reading The Beatles Film Blogathon: Yellow Submarine (1968)
This post is part of the Classic Movie History Project Blogathon hosted by Fritzi of Movies Silently, Ruth of Silver Screenings, and Aurora of Once Upon A Screen. See the full roster of the other entries HERE! Also take a moment to stop by Flicker Alley, the sponsor of this blogathon!
The image you see on the left here was a popular poster during the early 1970s.
I saw it every day in my kitchen as I was growing up.
If you’re not old enough to remember the late 60s and early 70s, it’s a little hard to explain the atmosphere of the times. It wasn’t all peace and love and drugs and rock and roll. Besides the split in the country over the Vietnam War, it SEEMED (especially, I think, to children) as if there were assassinations happening ALL THE TIME. I don’t remember John Kennedy’s assassination, but one of my earliest memories is watching his funeral with my mom. That was my first experience with the concept of death. Continue reading “Put on Your Tin Foil Hats: Paranoia in 60s & 70s Films”
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This post is part of the Billy Wilder Blogathon, hosted by Aurora over at Once Upon a Screen, and Kelley at Outspoken and Freckled. Check out the many great posts HERE! I don’t actually… Continue reading Remembering My First Movie: Irma La Douce
Blood and Sand, starring Tyrone Power, Linda Darnell, and Rita Hayworth, is the third of four film adaptations of Vicente Blasco Ibáñez’s novel Sangre y Arena. It takes place in Seville, Spain–where I was born and lived when I was a small child.
This is Part 9 of my series on mythic structure, or monomyth.
1. The Road Back is the transition from Act 2 to Act 3 of your story.
The hero has completed her initiation and is now an evolved hero. It is time for her to begin her transition from the Extraordinary World back to the Ordinary World.
There’s still a long way to go, however. The road back is filled with more danger and challenges for the hero.
2. At this point, antagonists may have been completely vanquished . . . or not. Continue reading “Thoughts on Mythic Structure: The Road Back”
There are many memorable 1980s film comedies, and quite a few have one thing in common: an implicit approval of the “Go-Go 80s” mentality. Money is honey, and it doesn’t matter how characters go about acquiring it, whether through kidnapping or jewel heists or stock fraud. Even a kid who wishes himself into an early adulthood could hit the heights of corporate life.
Scottish writer/director Bill Forsyth’s 1984 film Local Hero is a rebuke of this mentality, though it is probably the gentlest of rebukes you’ll find. There are virtually no villains in this film. Indeed, in spite of the film’s title, there really aren’t any heroes, either.
The only true hero is a place–an astonishingly beautiful bay in Scotland with a special beach that works like magic on the characters. Continue reading “Local Hero: Life Really is a Beach”
Brad Bird, director of the film Tomorrowland (as well as The Incredibles and Ratatouille) did some complaining in interviews recently about the popularity of post-apocalyptic and dystopian stories.
Here is part of what he said in an interview with Wired Magazine:
“At one time the future was consistently presented as this bright thing where all these problems were going to be solved. I remember that feeling of wow, starvation will be solved and the air will be clean, weapons will be obsolete because we’ll understand that there are better places to put our energy. And gradually that vision has just been nibbled away at until it’s basically not there. And what’s in its place is this very dark, negative version that everyone seems to have accepted.”
I haven’t seen Tomorrowland, so I’m not going to judge the film, but many film critics point out that Mr. Bird explicitly berates society in the film for abandoning the can-do optimism of the 1960s space race in favor of gloom and doom scenarios.