Monday, March 8, 2010

It's Ladies Night....

Let's hear it for all the ladies in the house! Whoop Whoop! After last night's Oscars and in honor of International Women's Day, I think it's time to celebrate the ladies of the silver screen. Now, there are a MILLION wonderful movies and actresses out there, so it makes is really hard to pick just a few-but I'm going to do it anyway.

One of my favorite actresses is Barbara Stanwyck. All of her characters were tough as nails and you wonder if her own life transcribed into the sirens she played on screen.  One of her most intriguing roles was Phyllis Dietrichson in Double Indemnity with Fred Murray. This Billy Wilder movie is film noir at it finest with murder and mystery around every corner.

I think so many times we seem to miss the true strength in a woman and her character when it is overshadowed by a certain label. Pam Greer as Foxy Brown is one of those movies. Foxy Brown can kick ass and look damn good while doing it. When her man is shot down by the government, Foxy seeks revenge.  Sure the movie was a little blue and the writing wasn't  spectacular but it solidified Pam Greer as a force to be reckoned with.

Okay, let me first say that in no way do I EVER promote violence against one another but when Faye Dunaway screamed,"NO WIRE HANGERS!" in Mommy Dearest, It gave me chills. I have not been able to look at Joan Crawford in the same light since that film. The amazing performance by Dunaway made you hate, yet feel sorry for Crawford. You wanted her to get everything bad she had coming and yet you loved to see her go toe to toe with a board room full of bullies.

Whether these ladies are playing mothers, lovers or fighters, they have blazed the way for future generations to achieve their goals. Now get out there and create your own story. For, you my friend are some character.

1 comment:

Becky said...

Ah Pam, you are correct. These are great actresses. It would take forever to list all the fab women of film.

I still wanna know how "Foxy" could fight and not lose her wig/weave!?!
I love, love, love the 60's and 70's blaxploitation films! All the Blacula films! Any Melvin Van Peebles! And of course all the Shaft movies!