Movie Clip Wednesday

“Best woman pretending to be a man movie” Joanna Cake saied. There are not so many storming before my inner eye … Yes, there is Eva MATTES (Ger., Eng.): She was working with FASSBINDER (Ger., Eng.) (1945-1982), later with HERZOG (Ger., Eng.), and portrayed HWF impressively in Ein Mann wie Eva (A Man like EVA) (1984). Well, yes … Neuer Deutscher Film and all … pass the Kokain.  It is a Hosenrolle (Ger., Eng.) of course. Classical Hosenrollen, women pretending to be men, can be found in opera and operetta. And there is Portia in The Merchant of Venice (Ger., Eng., text).
The first film adaption of The Merchant dates from 1914: The first full length film directed by a woman, Lois WEBER (Ger., Eng.) (1881-1939), who also stars as Portia.
Lois WEBER is seemingly forgotten. Her blog sits there alone since 2008 … I found no video of her Merchant, and of course no clip showing her as Portia, only a very bad photography. I do not know which of the damn critics LIONHEART (known to the world under his nom de plume Vincent PRICE (Ger., Eng.) (1911-1993) chooses to receive the treatment Shylock ment to give to Antonio in Shakespeare’s play – in his adaption, Theater of Blood (Ger., Eng.), well,  the critic surprisingly has a heart, so he pays his depths.

Theater of Blood is available on youtube. Here’s part one.



4 thoughts on “Movie Clip Wednesday

  1. Ha, that’s better than blog not found! Sadly, Ruf’s internet is not giving me pics so I can’t watch it this time – will try to return later. Is it a sin to admit that I don’t really know the story of the Merchant of Venice? I have to confess that Shakespeare was never really my thing – although I like modern adaptations of his stories, particularly Moonlighting’s The Taming of the Shrew :) So Portia is a woman playing a man? I shall have to look into this further!

  2. I can name a few. Julie Andrews in Victor/Victoria she played a man, pretending to be a woman, pretending to be a man! Toni Colette and some other actress became drag queens in Connie And Carla and Barbra Streisand played a male student in Yentl.
    Don’t you just love gender games?

    Barbra Streisand in Yentl

  3. The Theatre of Blood is one of my favourite films! It is so brilliant, so hammy, so wonderful.
    Diana Rigg dresses up as a bloke to avenge her father, Vincent Price. Wonderful stuff.

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