Film historian. European-born Londoner. Eco-warrior.
Junior Contributor III
Famous dresses and feminism
I would like to open the debate on the recent event that took the internet by storm: Kim Kardashian wearing Marilyn Monroe’s dress at the Met Gala. Opinions were divided. Conservationists and film historians pointed that a 60 year old dress, which was already fragile to begin with would be damaged beyond repair by being worn by someone other than MM (the dress had been sown on her), while other people pointed that Kim K looked nice in the dress and that women shouldn’t take other women down.
Is Hollywood and the Oscars as relevant as they used to be?
We’ve just seen history in the making last weekend when, for the first time ever a foreign language film won the Best Picture Oscar. Has Hollywood finally learned that there are other countries outside of the US where brilliant and talented people tell fascinating stories? Does this mark a new era for Hollywood in which we’ll see more international talent celebrated or a last attempt of a dying branch of the film industry to stay relevant and "woke" in an increasingly globalised and diverse world?
I don’t know if I’m missing out on these immersive experiences, but the concept never attracted me.
I found your insight into Christopher Lasch’s work quite interesting. I will check his book out soon. Thank you for a well-written piece.
Thank you, that is quite a compliment. I have had great pleasure in studying her and writing about her and I’m glad you agree that her ideas are still relevant in the digital age. She should be a more well-known thinker.
Good article. I had to do a bit of research on Fritz Lang’s Metropolis for my podcast and I found some very upsetting information.
I’m surprised nobody died on that set. Because health and safety regulations weren’t a thing, Lang proceeded to endanger the lives of the actors many times.
Brigitte Helm said of working with Lang:
“the night shots lasted three weeks, and even if they did lead to the greatest dramatic moments – even if we did follow Fritz Lang’s directions as though in a trance, enthusiastic and enraptured at the same time – I can’t forget the incredible strain that they put us under. The work wasn’t easy, and the authenticity in the portrayal ended up testing our nerves now and then. Once I even fainted.”
I agree that her style is quite unconventional, but I think that’s what makes her stand out.
Excellent. Let us know what you think once you’ve read it.
Thank you. And thank you for reading.
I find her quite intense, don’t you? I think she was quite an intense person who felt and thought deeply about a subject she tackled. That was my reading of her based on her writing.
Interesting. I like an opposite opinion from mine. I felt quite excited when reading her work, like I wanted to know more about the things she’s talking about. How do you mean gross?