"We had many more interesting characters onscreen in the 20s, 30s , 40s than we do now and we allowed women to really embody all the contradictions that make up a human being back then. They could be the femme fatale and then turn around and be the mother and then turn around and be the seductress and then turn around and be the saint and we accepted that. They were complex human beings. Now we really like to put people in boxes. As men, we do it because we don’t understand characters that aren’t ourselves and we aren’t willing to put ourselves in the skin of those characters. And women, I think, terrify us. We tend not to write women as human beings. It’s cartoons we’re making now. And that’s a shame."
Director Paul Haggis (via summerscourtney)
I was just watching FUNNY FACE, for Audrey Hepburn, and I ended up dazzled and fascinated by the lady who played the scheming, dancing, occasionally empathising, hugely ambitious, terribly funny fashion editor. I looked her up and found out she was Kay Thompson, and that she’d written the Eloise books. So she was amazing! But I also thought, wow, I’d like to see a modern movie in which a forty-eight-year-old lady had that much dancing singing fulfilled-in-her-career happy-about-her-life fun, and that big a part.