I just spent a class period listening to at least five different students say Holly Hunter’s character in The Piano deserved to get her finger chopped off/get raped/die because she was a “tease.”
Are we so post- post- post- feminist that we’re back to 1963? Jesus.
Even had a female student say this — and that Ada was cruel because she teased Sam Neill’s character by feelin` on him in his bedroom. Aaaargh. I don’t think “teasing” was the objective there. I think she was trying to see if she could get that magic she had with Baines with Sam Neill, but she couldn’t, but that’s just me. I guess if you see it through movie-of-the-week glasses, that’s sort of what you get out of it.
Anyway, now I realize that The Piano (in my top five favorite and all-time-hottest movies lists) is extremely polarizing. What were your reactions to it? Have you seen it? Did it affect you differently recently than when it first came out? I sure had a different reaction to it this time. Like, now it makes sense to me that she lives. The movie wouldn’t have had a point to me now if she`d died, but when I first saw it I was *furious* that she lived and thought it was a cop out. Oh-oh-oh I`m a flip-flopper — must be a Demmycrat.
What do you think?