This week at PopMatters, we turn our patented “Spotlight” series on five of the incredible women featured in RADiUS-TWC’s bombastic, moving new film 20 Feet from Stardom, which chronicles the lives and careers of some of the most underrated singers in modern music history.
As part of our 20 Feet from Stardom, today we explore the gospel of legendary chanteuse Merry Clayton. Our interview discusses friendship, faith, and fearlessness, principles by which this diva passionately abides.
What is it about the women of Woody Allen's filmic universe that sets them apart from mere mortals? Few contemporary directors have created such a pantheon of memorable female characters. All this week we celebrate these performances.
Woody Allen’s philosophy is to give filmgoers something to believe in; Gemma Jones, Freida Pinto, and Lucy Punch talk with PopMatters about their part in delivering that message in You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger
She speaks volumes using downward glances and a few nervous ticks; she's regal, and elegant but also tinged with sweetness and vulnerability; she's volcanic, ribald, and just a little maladroit; she's a vulgarian!; she makes character acting look like performance art...
Woody Allen's lead women serve as bridges between various forms of insanity, provide an air of sophistication and enigma to each role and in one instance, becomes the cold heart at the center of his coldest film: Diane Keaton, Elaine May, Radha Mitchell, Emily Mortimer, Samantha Morton, Geraldine Page and Charlotte Rampling.
Woody Allen seems to have a preternatural instinct for discovering intuitively brilliant young actresses such as Sally Hawkins, Barbara Hershey, Mary Beth Hurt,Anjelica Huston, Scarlett Johannson and Julie Kavner.
Actors of capable skill, depth and instinct; characters that are neurotic, bitter, and suffer from inner-doubt; the 'foxes' and 'hedgehogs' of Woody Allen's films are portrayed here by Kirstie Alley, Stockard Channing, Patricia Clarkson, Penelope Cruz, Judy Davis, Mia Farrow, Rebecca Hall.