Buster Keaton by Sid Avery, 1964
Buster Keaton by Sid Avery, 1964
i have no idea, i can’t even speculate. i’m not a doctor, lawyer, social worker, police officer, or member of their family. it is SO NOT MY BUSINESS and it’s not yours, either. obviously, there is some tremendous animus between woody allen & mia farrow and the fracturing of their family & divvying up of their children makes me very sad. the entire thing seems very painful and i wouldn’t wish that kind of stress on anyone.
that’s the kind of world i want to live in
took some time to ponder this before posting.
well, your first mistake was looking for rationality, level-headedness or common sense on tumblr. you’re never going to find it in abundance.
you make some very good points. the only one i’d take issue with is no. 5, which it has been brought to my attention by other bloggers, is more problematic & messy than i would like to believe. i try not to conflate an artist and his work, however, to say that there is NO relationship between an artist’s private life & his work seems willfully ignorant of the realities of self-expression. there’s gotta be SOME overlap. this idea gets even more disturbing when, for example, a self-destructive alcoholic or abusive artist creates BETTER work when they are drunk or violent; if i enjoy that work, am i complicit in their sins?
on a personal note, i liked blanchett’s speech a lot. her point on female-lead films is 100% correct and very very relevant (consider that CATCHING FIRE [#1], FROZEN & GRAVITY were all top 10 box office films in 2013 & melissa mccarthy had TWO films in the top 20—the heat & identity thief). she was speaking to a room full of people who make the decisions to make those films; i’m glad she took the opportunity to call the industry out on its own hypocrisy.
as for blanchett being a bad feminist for working with woody allen…look, if you’re an actress of a certain caliber, you’re DYING to work with woody allen. woody allen has directed an actress to an oscar in each of the last five decades. in terms of american directors, there’s nobody who comes close to woody allen in writing good parts for women (i qualify ‘american,’ of course, because many international directors write amazing roles for women, but these are seldom recognized at the oscars).
tbh, i feel like blanchett is a pretty straight-forward broad. if woody allen is tried & convicted of molestation (or the accusations are otherwise proved correct), i don’t doubt for a second that she would issue a statement disavowing her association with allen. she seems like that kind of person. as far as she knows now, woody allen is just the guy who got her an oscar, not whatever some other people want him to be.
you’re totally right that to ‘call out’ woody allen at the oscar telecast before he’s convicted of anything would 100% be slander and in very poor taste. i mean, it’s not like he’s george bush in the middle of the iraq war (michael moore) or the american gov at wounded knee (marlon brando/sacheen littlefeather); at least with those events, you KNEW what was going on was wrong. in this case, honestly, nobody knows for sure.
fun fact: oldfilmsflicker & i were right across the red carpet from guillermo all night. after the last celeb walked by (it was bill murray btw), i shouted/motioned to guillermo if he had any more shots & if i could have one. to my surprise, they poured me one & one of the very nice oscar coordinator ladies ran across the red carpet & handed it to me. it was very strong tequila. l’chaim, guillermo!
p.s. you can sort of see marya’s pink blazer in some of these shots if you look quickly
Inside Llewyn Davis (2013/Joel & Ethan Coen)
Girls, 3x09 “Flo” (wri. Bruce Eric Kaplan, dir. Richard Shepard)
I like how I am the only one in this photo looking the wrong way
thinking of getting that stupid look on my face trademarked & copyrighted
before you bitch about the academy awards, just remember it’s a necessary (sometimes) evil & they do A LOT of good work preserving film history
oh my gosh you guys i’m so tired i’m gonna post all the oscar stories (preview: i definitely flirted with mads mikkelsen) & do catch-up with all my new celebrity bffs tomorrow
hope you had a happy oscars, good night!