Happy birthday, Martin Scorsese!
The legendary American director turns 79 today, marking a six-decades long career in the film industry. Since Scorsese’s birthday falls on a Wednesday, we thought we’d use this opportunity to talk about female characters in the director’s movies, as part of our ongoing #WomenWednesdays series.
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Scorsese has come under fire by certain critics for limiting the dialogue of his female characters, and presenting one-dimensional representations of women within his heavily male-focused narratives. Yet other critics have praised Scorsese’s portrayal of strong female figures, by placing them in realistic scenarios that are said to be authentic to the female experience.
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So much has been said on this topic already, that we thought we’d share with you the best views out there. Take a look below for our recommended reading on the topic of women in Scorsese’s movies.
- ‘Nine Scorsese women: stories of survival and sacrifice’ - Christina Newland
- ‘Scorsese makes movies about men but they speak to women too’ - Joanna Di Mattia
- ‘The Women of Martin Scorsese’s Films’ - Caroline Madden
- ‘Seen but not heard: why don't women speak in The Irishman?’ - Beatrice Loayza
- ‘Voiceless Women in Scorsese’s Films: Taxi Driver’ – Artleove
- ‘Scorsese’s Golden Women’ - Mark Harris
- ‘Martin Scorsese and the Male Gaze’ - Sam Adams
- ‘The 10 Best Female Performances in Martin Scorsese Films’ – Matthew Eng
Who is your favourite female character from Scorsese’s body of filmography? Do you think Scorsese does a good job of presenting diverse women in his films? Help us keep the conversation going by leaving us a comment on social media, and don’t forget to drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know what we should discuss in our next #WomenWednesdays post!