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Sois belle et tais-toi

Delphine Seyrig
France, 1977
Production : Delphine Seyrig, Studio 43


Delphine Seyrig talks to twenty-four French and American actresses about their professional experiences as women, their roles and their relationships with directors and technical teams. A rather negative collective assessment in 1976 on a profession that allows only stereotyped and alienating roles.

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Let's make no mistake about the title: Delphine Seyrig's film is an invitation to talk, to finally say something. A mosaic of women that we are used to seeing in costumes, on big screens, is here given to us to listen to. In a cinema where "male gaze" seems to be a screenwriting prism, made by a predominantly male industry, they testify. Without artifice, in a poor economy (which surely can't do otherwise and which reminds us of the use of video in militant circles). The purpose is simple: to detect and break down clichés in an attempt to reduce this domination. Wouldn't it be the premises of Bechdel test?

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Delphine Seyrig

Theater and cinema actress, human rights activist and feminist, Delphine Seyrig learns about video with Carole Roussopoulos. She then takes a video camera and directs "Sois belle et tais-toi!", "Inês", "Pour mémoire" then co-directs "SCUM Manifesto" and "Où est-ce qu'on s'on se mai ?"

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