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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Dyanmic Moms and Daughters

Mothers and Daughters, not always the easiest relationships but perhaps the most influential in a woman's life. Can't even imagine what it would be like to parent while the world watches or while struggling to keep up the fame. Here are some interesting talented Moms who had interesting talented daughters.....and yes, we'll need to revisit this for mothers day!! Here's to women! 

Judy and Liza. Amazing careers for both women.
"A Star is Born" (1954) - Very tricky to beat Janet Gaynor and Fredrick March (" A Star is Born, 1937) but Judy Garland and James Mason come very very close to the mark. If not compared to the earlier version, this Garland film is fantastic.
"New York, New York" (1977) - An okay film with a played out plot- DeNiro is not his best, yet Liza plays it well, her nervous energy takes her scenes beyond the films framework. She is terrific.
Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley- it would be difficult to decide who lived the more romantic, adventurous life for a woman of the time period. Sadly, Mary Shelley didn't know her mother, 
but certainly lived in the shadow of her writings, life choices 
and advocacy of woman's rights. 
They are the perfect pair to celebrate women, 
film and books.
Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin
Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley 

"A Vindication of the Rights of Woman" (1792) - Feminist philosopher Mary Wollstonecraft, in response to a report stating women should only receive a domestic education, wrote this well crafted tome. Not creating a utopia like Christine De Pizan's "The Book of the City of Ladies" (1405) but enveloping women as partners and equals, a contributor to society as important as men. 
"Frankenstein" ( Anonymously published in 1818, aka "The Modern Prometheus") & (1931, James Whale, dir) - Obviously a story that captures the imagination of each generation as it continues to be published and remade as a film. Various interpretations are all interestingly handled, although nothing is as amazing as the original book and this second film. Heavily dripping with social commentary, the book is best read once straight through before attempting to follow along with the notions of modern interpretations. 
Jayne Mansfield and Mariska Hargitay approached success and acting in completely different ways. Mansfield, the woman best known for being famous, has a vast list of films to her name. While Hargitay seems to prefer being a working actor to being 'famous'. 

"The Girl Can't Help It" (1956) - Probably Mansfield's best know film other than "Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter" - this work reflects the joyful color popping comedy romp so popular in-between two of America's most devastating time periods. Mansfield plays her part well and helps carry a rather stiff Tom Ewell into playful comedy vampy sweetness. 

"Lake Placid" (1999) - While not a top billing, Hargitay makes a terrific impression. A thrill comedy with edgy moments. 
"Law & Order" etc....- With a tremendous selection of tv roles, Hargitay is popular and rewarded for her skills. Her characters range from intense and strong to quiet and intelligent- reaching several complex emotional levels.  


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

With all due respect to Jayne Mansfield I admire more than his daughter. I admire Mariska mainly because she built your career totally detached from the mother. Ran away from the stereotype of a sex symbol, and assumed his morenice, besides talent, devoted himself to philanthropy. It is noteworthy that Mariska has too much beauty. Her face is breathtakingly beautiful and she is tall and statuesque.