Director Sarah Polley Has A Few Choice Words about Women's Bodies in Film
[Editor's note: I’m always fascinated by how directors render the complexities of marriage, especially marriages that seem enviably serene. The talented director Sarah Polley has a new film out about just such a marriage called Take This Waltz, which I can't wait to see. The 33–year-old director spoke about her new movie to NPR’s Melissa Block. And she had some interesting things to say about the negative portrayal of women’s bodies in film. Here's one of Polley's quotes from Megan Kearns at Bitch Flicks.--Mona.]
I feel like with young women, their bodies are constantly objectified and used in a sexual context. With older women, [their bodies are] constantly the butt of a joke. For me, the seminal scene that illustrates that is, in About Schmidt, when Kathy Bates gets into the hot tub and Jack Nicholson is horrified and the audience is supposed to scream.