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Illeana Douglas on "Trailblazing Women," movies, activism and Trump

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Actress Illeana Douglas, who's hosting a second series of "Trailblazing Women" this month on Turner Classic Movies, shares some thoughts with Salon.com.

 

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http://www.salon.com/2016/10/13/hollywood-sexism-hurts-more-than-careers-traditionally-women-have-used-fame-as-a-platform/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=socialflow&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=socialflow

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Actress Illeana Douglas, who's hosting a second series of "Trailblazing Women" this month on Turner Classic Movies, shares some thoughts to Salon.com.

 

 

 

 

I'll share my thoughts right here;  I love this women!     Oh, and the series is fine as well.  

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I'll share my thoughts right here;  I love this women!     Oh, and the series is fine as well.  

Totally agree. She's great and the discussion is fascinating. However, I have a feeling that many people may be missing it. Like many people (I assume) I don't subscribe to the magazine and I check the schedule through my cable company. I know from promos that the series is on Tuesday and Thursday nights, but on the schedule it just comes up as the individual movies themselves. Just looking at the schedule itself, I wouldn't have known that The Letter last week was programmed to feature Gale Sondergard and a discussion of "pillow communists", women who were blacklisted simply by reason of marriage to a suspect man. I would have thought that I've seen The Letter plenty of times so I won't bother with this viewing. Too bad. So I intend to record the Tuesday and Thursday time slots to hear the intros and outros at least, even if I don't feel the need to watch the film. Illeana is fun and smart and knows how to frame a discussion and this particular discussion couldn't be more relevant than it is right now.

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Totally agree. She's great and the discussion is fascinating. However, I have a feeling that many people may be missing it. Like many people (I assume) I don't subscribe to the magazine and I check the schedule through my cable company. I know from promos that the series is on Tuesday and Thursday nights, but on the schedule it just comes up as the individual movies themselves. Just looking at the schedule itself, I wouldn't have known that The Letter last week was programmed to feature Gale Sondergard and a discussion of "pillow communists", women who were blacklisted simply by reason of marriage to a suspect man. I would have thought that I've seen The Letter plenty of times so I won't bother with this viewing. Too bad. So I intend to record the Tuesday and Thursday time slots to hear the intros and outros at least, even if I don't feel the need to watch the film. Illeana is fun and smart and knows how to frame a discussion and this particular discussion couldn't be more relevant than it is right now.

 

I'm having similar difficulties determining what the 'theme' is related to the movies they are showing related to the 'trailblazer'.   E.g.  I saw they were planning on showing Foreign Affair.   I have seen this film many times and was planning on skipping it.  What got me curious was that TCM listed the film as a Dietrich film instead of a Jean Arthur one.     So I watched the intro and that explained that the film was being shown as it relates to Dietrich, her being German and what did to support the Allies during the WWII.     This was very interesting and I'm glad I saw this intro  but it was more by chance than anything else. 

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wish they'd come up with a compilation of the interviews, intros & outros to see, without the often irrelevant (or often aired) movies in between.

I find the subject and speakers fascinating, when I catch them, but the movies (nothing new here) bore me

 

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(-did happen to catch the comments on Dorothy Comingore, her stint in the mental hospital  and her hair shaving protest to her husband's HUAC testimony. Sure hadn't heard THAT before!)

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Trailblazing Women – Hidden Hollywood 25 Films / MONDAYS in OCTOBER

 

http://trailblazingwomen.tcm.com/

 

about hosts: http://trailblazingwomen.tcm.com/hosts/

 

"Turner Classic Movies is proud to announce a multi-year programming initiative that aims to shine a spotlight on the historical contributions of women working in the film industry, to raise awareness of the current underrepresentation of women in positions of power within the business, and to promote resources that empower women to participate more fully in the industry.

Every October through 2017, TCM’s substantial primetime “Spotlight” programming will feature films and hosts that address these issues directly. In October 2017, 25 film titles will be presented with introductions and conversations featuring series host Illeana Douglas and numerous co-hosts, including industry experts and contemporary writers, editors and producers (see “Schedule” for more details).

TCM is partnered with Women in Film/Los Angeles throughout this programming initiative to offer research and resources to illuminate the current roles that women contribute to within the film industry, and to assist women filmmakers in furthering their careers and the art form.

About Women in Film:

Women In Film Los Angeles is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting equal opportunities for women, encouraging creative projects by women, and expanding and enhancing portrayals of women in all forms of global media. Given that women comprise 50 percent of the population, WIF’s ultimate goal is to see the same gender parity reflected on and off screen. Founded in 1973, WIF focuses on advocacy and education— provides scholarships, grants, and film finishing funds—and works to preserve the legacies of all women working in the entertainment community. For more information www.womeninfilm.org.........

 

http://trailblazingwomen.tcm.com/about/

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Per the comments below (which I agree with), I do see a possible benefit of the TCM Backlot if it allows you to watch the introductory and wrap-up videos for these topics of interest independently from the movies.

 

I'm not a member, so I don't know what is available to watch and how quickly things are added, etc.

 

Unfortunately of course, this all comes at an extra cost...

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I have been begging anyone who would listen at TCM to feature the films of Lina Wertmuller in one of these Trailblazing Women series. She was the first woman nominated for the Academy Award in Directing for 1975's Seven Beauties. But foreign films never seem to get any attention on TCM except in the very narrow TCM Imports slot. She certainly would make a great pick for this fantastic series on women in "Hidden Hollywood"

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I have been begging anyone who would listen at TCM to feature the films of Lina Wertmuller in one of these Trailblazing Women series. She was the first woman nominated for the Academy Award in Directing for 1975's Seven Beauties. But foreign films never seem to get any attention on TCM except in the very narrow TCM Imports slot. She certainly would make a great pick for this fantastic series on women in "Hidden Hollywood"

I think they did a spotlight on women directors in one of the previous years. I don't remember if Wertmuller was featured.

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I think they did a spotlight on women directors in one of the previous years. I don't remember if Wertmuller was featured.

 

No, unfortunately. As far as I know TCM has not shown a Wertmuller film. But someone smarter than me may know different.....

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No, unfortunately. As far as I know TCM has not shown a Wertmuller film. But someone smarter than me may know different.....

 

My wife grew up on her films and is a fan,  but I don't recall TCM featuring her in their women director's tribute.

 

I assume the reason is that her films are Italian.

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No, unfortunately. As far as I know TCM has not shown a Wertmuller film. But someone smarter than me may know different.....

I was looking this up while you were posting this. The directors were featured in this first installment in Oct. 2015 and the thread I looked at stated that there was a Wertmuller film scheduled but no one in that thread posted which movie it was. I could probably dig out my Now Playing for that month if it's important. I guess the point I'm trying to convey is that she wasn't ignored.

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Love and Anarchy (1973) aired October 27th, 2015.

 

 

 

Thanks for the info, but I hope my wife doesn't see this,  since I'm responsible for ensuring to alert her when TCM features one of her Italian favorites.  :lol:

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I can't believe I missed that. Thanks for letting me know. At least they showed a Wertmuller movie. But, she still deserves more airtime, I think.

 

I'm still waiting for Seven Beauties, though, that's her masterpiece. Also Seduction of Mimi and Swept Away (real title: Travolti da in insolito destino nell' azzurro mare d'agosto; in English "Swept Away by an Unusual Destiny in the Blue Sea of August")---you may remember, unfortunately, the hideous Madonna remake--UGH!!

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I can't believe I missed that. Thanks for letting me know. At least they showed a Wertmuller movie. But, she still deserves more airtime, I think.

 

I'm still waiting for Seven Beauties, though, that's her masterpiece. Also Seduction of Mimi and Swept Away (real title: Travolti da in insolito destino nell' azzurro mare d'agosto; in English "Swept Away by an Unusual Destiny in the Blue Sea of August")---you may remember, unfortunately, the hideous Madonna remake--UGH!!

 

I'm afraid the only Wertmuller film that I've seen is Seven Beauties. I thought that was very good, but I've just never gotten around to any more of her works.

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Harvey Weinstein's "Decades of Harassment" Alleged by Ashley Judd and Others in N.Y. Times Expose-

 

 

'The mogul says he's taking a leave of absence amid the paper's report that he "has reached at least eight settlements with women."

 

...The explosive investigation paints a toxic if not complicated picture of one of Hollywood's most notorious film executives. It also brings to light many long-standing rumors about his conduct, both in the office and outside.....

 

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/harvey-weinsteins-decades-harassment-alleged-by-ashley-judd-others-ny-times-expose-1046114

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Harvey Weinstein's "Decades of Harassment" Alleged by Ashley Judd and Others in N.Y. Times Expose-

 

I was just reading about this elsewhere. Harvey's notorious behavior toward female employees has been a poorly kept secret for decades, but I guess after the Fox News meltdown, the climate is right to finally go after him for it. That, and his stature in the industry isn't what it used to be.

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WAIT! I thought Harvey was GAY?!!!

 

Oh...wait. Wrong "Harvey ----stein", huh. Sorry.

 

(...ya know, I always DID get their two fat butts confused somehow whenever somebody would mention one of 'em...probably just the similar name, huh)

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What does any of this have to do with Ileana's showcase on trailblazing women. Take it to off topic, please.

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Watching MADAM SATAN (1930) on TCM tonight I thought it was an odd choice to select for an evening of films saluting Film Editors. MADAM SATAN is one of the many 1929-30 MGM films in which the scene freezes for as much as ten seconds at reel changes (about every ten minutes) making the film (and especially the editor's work) look sloppy and unprofessional.

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Just watched Trail Blazing Women and the focus was editors: Hannah and Her Sisters, which discussed Woody Allen  and his longtime editor Susan Morse; and Casino talking about Thelma Schoonmaker and his almost exclusive collaboration with Martin Scorsese. 

The movies were great but I knew very little about the work of Morse or Schoonmaker and was hoping for some real insight into how they cut a film, their relationships with those top-notch directors, and how an editor enhances or detracts (in some cases) from the finished film that we see onscreen.

Unfortunately, poor Illeana Douglas was on her own, doing an interview with Lynzee Klingman, one of the editors of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. It was like pulling teeth, getting Klingman to respond to the most basic questions about how an editor conceives a picture with the director, how many cuts are made before the final film, how music is used to enhance edits or how the pace of a picture is influenced/created by an editor.

I don't know what the problem was but Klingman was very tight-lipped about the whole thing and I felt really bad for Douglas. And we learned very little about Morse or Schoonmaker except by watching the films.

I love this series, but this edition didn't quite make the cut. 

 

 

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On 10/24/2017 at 9:03 PM, marcar said:

Just watched Trail Blazing Women and the focus was editors: Hannah and Her Sisters, which discussed Woody Allen  and his longtime editor Susan Morse; and Casino talking about Thelma Schoonmaker and his almost exclusive collaboration with Martin Scorsese. 

The movies were great but I knew very little about the work of Morse or Schoonmaker and was hoping for some real insight into how they cut a film, their relationships with those top-notch directors, and how an editor enhances or detracts (in some cases) from the finished film that we see onscreen.

Unfortunately, poor Illeana Douglas was on her own, doing an interview with Lynzee Klingman, one of the editors of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. It was like pulling teeth, getting Klingman to respond to the most basic questions about how an editor conceives a picture with the director, how many cuts are made before the final film, how music is used to enhance edits or how the pace of a picture is influenced/created by an editor.

I don't know what the problem was but Klingman was very tight-lipped about the whole thing and I felt really bad for Douglas. And we learned very little about Morse or Schoonmaker except by watching the films.

I love this series, but this edition didn't quite make the cut. 

 

 

I just watched some of their interaction on On Demand. Kingman appeared to me to be drunk or on some kind of drug. Maybe she took something to calm nerves but took too much?

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