Not quite what I thought

British Film Institute celebrates ‘unapologetically bad leading ladies’

Kitsch can be fun and the truly awful acting can be joyous. In a sarcastic, kitsch, manner. Take any pair of tits that is on screen just because tits for example, some gorgeously bad examples of acting there. There’ve been many a pair of youthful cheekbones featured because youth, beauty, and not much else – or perhaps plus skills on the casting couch. Anything with whatshername in it for example.

As Bette Davis once said: “When a man gives his opinion, he’s a man. When a woman gives her opinion, she’s a b****.”

Now that theory is to be put to the test in a season of films at the British Film Institute (BFI) that celebrates “unapologetically bad leading ladies”.

From Vivien Leigh in Gone With The Wind to Rosamund Pike in Gone Girl, the month-long series of films in June will look at screen anti-heroines and ask if their traits would be regarded in the same way if they were male characters.

Ah, don’t bother, it’s woke not realist.

The alternative would actually be much more interesting. Who got rich just because looks? And how does this map over the group whining about how older women don’t get good parts?

19 comments on “Not quite what I thought

  1. ’From Vivien Leigh in Gone With The Wind to Rosamund Pike in Gone Girl…’

    ‘Alexa, find me a sentence that sums up the decline in film quality over the last few decades.’

  2. By ‘bad leading lady’ I naturally assumed they meant the film equivalent of Florence Foster Jenkins, but it seems they’re using the word ‘bad’ in the hoppity-hoppity wid da kids sense.

  3. There is no shortage of rotten evil cows in the real world–the FFC being a prime example –why bother with stupid films?

  4. As Bette Davis once said: “When a man gives his opinion, he’s a man. When a woman gives her opinion, she’s a b****.”
    ———-

    Her point would have somewhat more force if she hadn’t actually been an A-grade b**** herself.
    Her nasty and destructive off-screen persona would have been just as disliked if it had been possessed by a man – the difference being that most men would have been rather more wary of being slugged in the middle of Chasen’s restaurant if they had shot their mouth off in a similar manner.

  5. What about Awfully Good Leading Ladies Who Vanish?

    I’m thinking particularly of Jennifer Ehle who did that marvellous turn as Lizzie Bennet in the BBC’s P&P a couple of decades ago. I don’t think I ever saw her again.

    Mind you I don’t watch a lot of telly, bar the rugby and footy, and I don’t suppose she plays much of those.

  6. @dearime – Some quick wikiresearch suggests she’s been ticking over with film, TV and theatre, but mainly in the US (she’s a Yank, which I did not know).

    She was going to be Caetlyn Stark in Game of Thrones but felt the commitment was too much as she’d recently had a child.

  7. JuliaM,

    I’d rather be smacked in the bollocks for 4 hours than sit through GWTW again. Gone Girl on the other hand, is ace.

  8. Unapologetically bad performances by leading ladies would be far more interesting.

    Vivien Leigh in Gone With The Wind could easily serve as a starting point. Add Faye Dunaway in Mommy Dearest, Margot Kidder in Superman and Elizabeth Taylor in Suddenly, Last Summer and you are off to the races…

  9. I was quite surprised when i finally watched Some Like it Hot, that Marilyn
    A) was a lot hotter in that B&W film than the familiar photos and clips i’d seen of her before
    B) she acted very well in it (allbeit i doubt her range is that broad.) and
    C) I find it hard to imagine it having worked half as well as a comedy without her star power and good looks

  10. @dearieme December 30, 2018 at 2:24 pm

    What about Awfully Good Leading Ladies Who Vanish?

    I’m thinking particularly of Jennifer Ehle who did that marvellous turn as Lizzie Bennet in the BBC’s P&P a couple of decades ago. I don’t think I ever saw her again.

    I surprised myself by enjoying that BBC adaptation and did rather fancy Lizzie – she had a “come to bed” look.

  11. I was quite surprised when i finally watched Some Like it Hot, that Marilyn
    A) was a lot hotter in that B&W film than the familiar photos and clips i’d seen of her before
    B) she acted very well in it (allbeit i doubt her range is that broad.)

    Funny, because she was pregnant when that was filmed, and I’ve read that she was so bad at remembering her lines and doing what the director wanted he nearly kicked her off.

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