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Vengeance is Hers

A review series inspired by Vengeance is Hers, a program of female revenge movies running at BAMcinématek, February 7–18, 2014.

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February 18, 2014

Vengeance is Hers

Sarah Nicole Prickett

New World Order

The scream’s a good weapon.

Terminal Island is a left-ish fata morgana by a femme with no time to lose. If James Cameron, Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorcese, and several other, male protégés of Roger Corman made B movies as practice for A movies, Rothman made B movies as a way to make movies, period, but also as blueprints for a world in which, someday, Kathryn Bigelow would beat Cameron for the Oscar.

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February 16, 2014

Vengeance is Hers

Miriam Bale

Dream Job

The idea that working nine to five was once possible may be in itself inspiration to revolt and organize.

This fairytale scene is the Tomlin character’s stoned-out fantasy of how she would off their “sexist, lying egotistical, hypocritical pig” of a boss. She, Fonda, and Parton have left work early and headed to a bar after boss (Dabney Coleman, delightfully unctuous and dim) fires a coworker unfairly. “Let’s revolt,” jokes the blowzy office drunk.

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February 13, 2014

Vengeance is Hers

Namara Smith

Sweet Forgiveness

All screwball comedies are, to some degree, female revenge movies.

Charles, however, has no aptitude for cards, can’t tell the difference between beer and ale, and seems never to have talked to a woman before. As he sits alone at dinner in his spotless white tuxedo reading a book called Are Snakes Necessary?, he is both ridiculous and a blank slate, an unexplored continent—an Adam to her Eve.

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February 8, 2014

Vengeance is Hers

Lizzie Feidelson

Callas's Medea

A diva approaches her entire career like a woman spurned.

Critics were surprised at the subtlety of Callas’ camera acting, but they shouldn’t have been. Callas experienced her darkest rages in private. Her secretary describes a late-night call from Onassis that sent Callas into hysterics on the eve of the first day of filming. The staff tried to console her, but when it got late, they made to leave Callas in privacy. “You’re going to abandon me now? You’re just like him! None of you care!” She reportedly yelled.

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