WordPress is filled with fantastic blogathons, especially in film. So when asked by the very fab Anna at Film Grimoire to participate in such an original idea I had to join in. Especially as it highlights the many great roles and performances by women in films of all genres and eras.
Dell on Movies runs a very cool site which I’ve only just discovered, and he came up with the idea and defined the rules of the game.
A list of 10 iconic female movie characters has been made. That list will be assigned to another blogger who can then change it by removing one character (describing why they think she should not be on the list) and replacing it with another one (also with motivation) and hand over the baton to another blogger. Once assigned, that blogger will have to put his/her post up within a week. If this is not the case the blogger who assigned it has to reassign it to another blogger.
Anna decided to remove Sarah Conner from the list and replace it with Rosemary Woodhouse from Rosemary’s Baby. A very worthy entry. Anna did such a great job with the pictures, I’ve decided to keep them and adopt the same theme for mine.
And so now I have to drop one. Taking one off from the list is more than difficult. Each has great reasons for being on there and has had a significant cultural impact. After flicking through the list I reluctantly decided I had to drop Holly. It’s not easy dropping such a memorable character by such an iconic actress. However, I have more of a soft spot for Audrey Hepburn’s astonishing breakthrough role in Roman Holiday, where her aura just shines right through the screen in the romantic classic.
I also wanted to take the list in a more devious, and more complex, direction. Someone that the viewer hates, but is astonished by how much influence they wield on those around them. And though many came to mind, it had to be Nurse Ratched from One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Ratched is not just a character but a metaphor and a symbol of an abuse of trust. Cold, manipulative and unyielding, Ratched is a bully who will will find a way not just to beat you but break you. She just has to be on the list.