I’ve posted previously about the movie, Hysteria, starring the delicious Hugh Dancy and the brilliant Maggie Gyllenhaal. Hysteria is a light-hearted look at the rather unlikely invention of the vibrator in Victorian England. It premiered last fall at the Toronto Film Festival, and I have been looking forward to its U.S. debut ever since.
Hysteria will premier in the U.S. May 18, 2012. I shall have to see if Raven is available to see it with me. Or Bear. Alas, Tiger lives too far away to see it with me.
Here are two newer articles about the movie:
It’s a beautifully shot period piece full of Victorian flourishes and delightful costumes, it’s a romantic comedy with a fiercely outspoken protagonist, and it’s about the invention of a unique contraption that has changed many people’s lives for the better: the vibrator. It’s also about how women were controlled, locked up, and sterilized for not toeing the tightly corseted Victorian line — for being outspoken, for being emotional, for being unsatisfied with their status in society.
I like what Wexler says about feminism, when asked if Hysteria is a “feminist romantic comedy”:
So feminism, for me, is about equal opportunity, and then what you do and how you make your choices is then up to you and not up to someone else. And in that way, of course it’s feminist, but if you take feminism to be, like, men under the boot of women, well, no, I’m not really interested in that. But I think, weirdly, there’s been such an imbalance for so long that I think people expect that what you’re talking about is swinging the pendulum in the opposite way instead of centering it.
Go read the whole interview – there’s a great new trailer there, too!
The second article is an interview of Maggie Gyllenhaal, talking about sex scenes.
When asked why there are so few movies that really deal with female sexuality, Gyllenhaal responds:
I’ve talked to so many people about this. I’ve been interviewed about this all over the world and because of how they finance movies now, I’ve talked to women in Norway and Italy and Finland, Spain and all these women kind of say the same thing, which is there aren’t a lot of movies like this. And why is it even in all those different cultures where they’re not particularly prudish and open to talking about female sexuality? Why, when they watch the movie, is there a kind of hysteria?
And as a writer of smart erotica and sex scenes, I love her comments about what make sex scenes work for her:
So when you have the opportunity to do a sex scene and still be a real, thinking person in the midst of it, it can be an incredible way of expressing something about who you’re playing and something about the story.
The rest of the interview is equally good, so please check it out.
I am so excited to see Hysteria! Are you?