“Real life is the life of dreams”

Said by the character Marilena to the main character Wanda in Lo sceicco bianco (1950, Federico Fellini).

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If ever you need a film to show you just how, whatever route a woman takes in her life, it is not what she believes it to be.

This is why progress in the women’s movement is slow because sexism is so deeply imbedded in our system that it has become part of a cycle. Either way a woman takes, she is still lesser than and thus within the realms of control.

Wanda is disappointed in finding herself in a marriage so mediocre and dull that she seeks the character of her fantasies. Once she finds that there is no such world as simple as it appears in her weekly romance photo comics, she returns to her husband convinced that she has the best that the world can offer.

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“Wondering if you’re happy is a great shortcut to just being depressed.”

“Having your heart broken is a tremendous way to learn about the world.”

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– both said by Dorothea played by Annette Bening in 20th Century Women (2016) directed by Mike Mills

A great study on the unfulfilled and confused desires of the parent-child relationship. Mike Mills opens himself up for us to reveal what every single person can find relatable which is the willingness to be forever uncomfortable for your children.

“Necessity has no ethics, sir!”  – Doctor X (1932) directed by Michael Curtiz

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Fay Wray and Doctor X, what more should I say?

Michael Rennie was ill
The Day the Earth Stood Still
But he told us where we stand
And Flash Gordon was there
In silver underwear
Claude Rains was The Invisible Man
Then something went wrong
For Fay Wray and King Kong
They got caught in a celluloid jam
Then at a deadly pace
It Came From Outer Space
And this is how the message ran…

Science fiction (ooh ooh ooh) double feature
Doctor X (ooh ooh ooh) will build a creature
See androids fighting (ooh ooh ooh) Brad and Janet
Anne Francis stars in (ooh ooh ooh) Forbidden Planet
Wo oh oh oh oh oh
At the late night, double feature, picture show

“the frightening woman whose fear ate her sanity.”

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Courtesy of The New Yorker

Sex and the City is the reason I believe that masterpieces don’t have to be timeless.

Sex and the City was a stepping stone and thats what makes a masterpiece.

 

“Shade is I don’t tell you you’re ugly but I don’t have to tell you because you know you’re ugly … and that’s shade.” – Dorian Corey in Paris is Burning (1990) directed by Jennie Levingston

The difference between shade and reading somebody by the great Dorian Corey.

A timeless film about the importance of family and culture in the world of drag.

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“I could be cured, if i could make it simply through the storm” – Marc-André Grondin in CRAZY (2005) directed by Jean-Marc Vallée

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Since Pride Month is coming to an end, I thought I would remind people of a film that really struck chord in me. This was said as a prayer, a moment of desperation, where the character did not like he who was and desperately wanted it to be taken away from him; this desire in him. He walked for hours through a snow storm wishing that it would cure him of this “illness”. He reaches his home, with his face covered in ice and tears falling down his face realizing that it is a part of him. It is a why-me moment as much as it is a realization that this is him and he either has to live his life in misery repressing only to satisfy those around him, or he can live proudly and happily. He can do the most with what he has been given, which is be himself – the best you can do for the world. This shows how contrary it is to some people believing that it is “not really who you are” and “you could be fixed”. Those who have struggled with their sexuality can relate to this prayer or whatever you want to call it. It is a point where you are willing to do anything, at some points even take your own life, so you can be rid of being different.

 

“The art spirit sort of became the art life, and I had this idea that you drink coffee, you smoke cigarettes, and you paint, and that’s it. Maybe, maybe, girls come into it a little bit, but basically it’s the incredible happiness of working and living that life.” – David Lynch in David Lynch: The Art Life (2016) directed by Jon Nguyen.

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I recommend this film to anyone who is a film buff, a lover of aesthetics, or even just a lover of stories. You definitely do not have to be a fan of Lynch’s to enjoy it. I love this quote because it just lets go of all that romanticism that surrounds making art and shows you the simple reality of it. That reality is what attracted Lynch to it; not the escapism or otherworldliness of it, it is the drinking coffee and smoking cigarettes of it