I think if I hadn’t chose the road I have, I would have liked to be a professor for cinema studies. Maybe it sounds pretentious or maybe it just makes me seem like I wanna sit around and watch movies all day but I think it’s a little bit of both. 😉 It would be a dream come true to have my own classroom where the whole point is to view and discuss the inspiration and impact of movies featuring strong women ensembles in their story’s time. Now I’m sure everybody has their own opinion of what this means but isn’t that the fun part? I know some of my favorite films starring women may not be the typical examples of feminism but that doesn’t mean I can’t make a case for them. Just like I’m sure my students would be able to suggest films with strong women leads that I have never even heard of or seen and could argue for those as well. It all just sounds so exciting to me!
Just for fun and because I have thought way more about this in the last few hours than I probably should have, I’ve decided to compile a list of just a few of the movies I would consider including in my imaginary syllabus. I’ve included a plot summary, piece of movie trivia, and an effective line of dialogue that lends some insight into why said film made it onto my list 🙂
Mona Lisa Smile (2003):
- A free-thinking art professor teaches conservative 1950s Wellesley girls to question their traditional social roles.
- In order to prepare for their roles, the leads were all put through a finishing school two weeks prior to filming.
- [about the Mona Lisa] Betty Warren: [ironically] Look at this, mother. She’s smiling. Is she happy?… She looks happy, so what does it matter?
- A rich high school student tries to boost a new pupil’s popularity, but reckons without affairs of the heart getting in the way.
- Is loosely based on Jane Austen’s 1815 novel Emma.
- [about keeping her virginity] Cher: You see how picky I am about my shoes and they only go on my feet.
The Help (2011)
- An aspiring author during the civil rights movement of the 1960s decides to write a book detailing the African-American maids’ point of view on the white families for which they work, and the hardships they go through on a daily basis.
- Skeeter’s bookshelf contains the following books: Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man, Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, and Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With the Wind. All three of these books are discussed many times in the original novel.
- Mae Mobley: You my real mama, Aibi.
I know there are sooooo many more but like I said, this is just a sampling of movies I ❤ and respect.
What movies did I miss? Or which movies would you use? Comment below!