March 05, 2005

Flash In The Pan Babes: Julia Ormond---The Cake Eater Take

I would have "yipped" at the LMC on his post, rather than starting a whole new one, but for some strange reason, Steve-o did not give me access to anything other than what I have authored.

Hmmmmm. Could it be that trust only goes so far? I wonder.

Anyhoo...Julia is still out there. The Maximum Leader makes an interesting point in the comments about her decreased visibility being due to her habit of playing roles as a "...woman who will be nothing but a curse to men.{...}" Legends of the Fall is one thing, yet, as far as homewrecker female characters, Julia hit her stride with this movie. Julia played her incredibly well, but as someone who read the book, I can tell you she played Smilla exactly as penned, with an extra pinch of obstinate viciousness thrown in for fun. Julia Ormond's Smilla was one of the most interesting female characters of the past ten years. I didn't like Smilla, but she was interesting.

So, knowing this, it makes one wonder what, precisely, does the Maximum Leader want in a female character? Are actresses doomed to career failure if they take roles other than goody-two shoe girls, who wait patiently in the background while the men do all the work?

Posted by Kathy at March 5, 2005 01:06 PM

Kathy, I have thought Julia Ormond luminous since I first saw her in Legends.

People tend to get her mixed up with Juliette Binoche.

Good to know she is somewhere out there.

I have never viewed Smilla; worth it I take it?

Posted by: Rae at March 5, 2005 03:33 PM

Very much so.

Smilla was born of an Inuit mother and a Danish-American father in Greenland. When her mother died, her father moved her to Copenhagen and she's never really fit in. But she's brilliant and when a little Inuit boy in her apartment building reportedly jumps off the roof, she knows he was helped and sets out to prove it. She's one of the most manipulative characters I've ever seen. Fascinating viewing.

The book is pretty good, too.

Posted by: Kathy at March 5, 2005 06:43 PM

K- will put it in the queue.

Posted by: Rae at March 7, 2005 11:07 AM
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