A Classy Broad Well Behaved Women

Film Review: A Classy Broad

Producer Marcia Nasatir has two pillows on the couch in her apartment. One reads, “Done”, the other “Next”. That is the motto for this Hollywood trailblazer, whose life is the subject of Anne Goursaud’s documentary, A Classy Broad. It is a motto Nasatir continues to follow-never mind that she has just turned ninety-one. Growing up as a Jewish girl in Texas, Nasatir learned early to ignore the status quo. Nasatir was a voracious reader from an early age. She married young, had two sons,[Read more]
Without Lying Down Writing

Film Appreciation: Without Lying Down

“I’ve spent my life searching for a man I could look up to without lying down.” Frances Marion Bridget Terry’s captivating film is inspired by Cari Beauchamp’s book Without Lying Down: Frances Marion And The Power Of Women In Hollywood. This may sound like an ironic title to some; I assure you it is not. In the early years of film, before it was considered a business, many women held positions of power. Directors like Alice Guy-Blaché and Lois Weber owned their own studios (Guy-Blach[Read more]
The Beaches Of Agnes Varda Budhha

Women Behind The Camera: List For Week Ending May 28, 2017

Our films this week all focus on women who are behind the camera. Some may wonder why Their Finest is included here. It's because that film was inspired by the life of screenwriter Diana Morgan, who worked for Britain's Ealing Studios during the 1940s. This is not intended as an all-inclusive list. Reader suggestions are welcome. If you know an addition to this list, please write using the comments below. A Classy Broad (2016) (Reviewed In Thinking Cinema 5/25/17)  http://www.thinkingcinema.c[Read more]
Dean

Film Review: Dean

Demetri Martin has had a long career as a standup comic, as well as an actor and writer on shows like The Daily Show and Late Night With Conan O’Brien. He makes his debut as a screenwriter and director with the dramedy Dean. Although the film is uneven and more than a bit derivative, Martin shows himself to be a filmmaker of potential. Strong performances from Kevin Kline, Mary Steenburgen, and Gillian Jacobs help to smooth the rougher edges. The opening shows Dean (Martin) and his father Robe[Read more]
Beginners Oliver & Arthur

Film Appreciation: Beginners

Mike Mills’ second film, Beginners, has a title that describes its main characters. All are adults, but beginners when it comes to relationships. Beginners is a funny, rueful, and ultimately hopeful film about moving on after loss. It is the story of Oliver (Ewan McGregor) who has just lost his father, Hal (Christopher Plummer), to cancer. Through flashbacks, we learn Oliver’s parents had a cordial but distant marriage. Six months after his mother’s death, Oliver learned his father was gay[Read more]
Classics are still being made

Film Review: A Classy Broad

Film Review: A Classy Broad

Producer Marcia Nasatir has two pillows on the couch in her apartment. One reads, “Done”, the other “Next”. That is the motto for this Hollywood trailblazer, whose life is the subject of Anne Goursaud’s documentary, A Classy Broad. It is a motto Nasatir continues to follow-never mind that she has just turned ninety-one.

Growing up as a Jewish girl in Texas, Nasatir learned early to ignore the status quo. Nasatir was a voracious reader from an early age. She married young, had two sons, and moved to New York. The marriage failed, leaving her with a need to support her children.

Thanks to her reading habit, Nasatir landed jobs at publishing houses. She handled novelizations, the process of turning screenplays into novels. This led to a job in Hollywood as a literary agent. She represented writers such as William Goldman (Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid), Robert Towne (Chinatown), and Lorenzo Semple, Jr. (Papillon).

After five years, United Artists’ Mike Medavoy offered Nasatir a job. She made her acceptance contingent on having the title of vice president. Medavoy got the approval, making Nasatir the first female studio vice president. She worked on films like One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, Rocky, and Carrie. However, she was unable to sell United Artists on a project called Star Wars.

Yet Medavoy and the other UA executives broke away to form Orion without asking Nasatir to join them. She regrouped and worked on other films (notably, The Big Chill). Somehow, she always found a way to keep working. Later in her career, Nasatir teamed with writer Lorenzo Semple, Jr. for Reel Geezers, a web film review show. Currently, she is working out logistics for a new film production of Huck Finn.

If I have a quibble with Goursaud’s approach, it is her use of clips from the numerous films associated with Nasatir. This takes valuable screen time that could be devoted to more details of Nasatir’s life- particularly, the environment in Hollywood during her tenure at United Artists.

As of this writing, there are relatively few films that chronicle experiences of women in Hollywood behind the camera. I hope more of these films are made-and that there are even more stories to be told.

Theme: Women Behind The Camera

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Film Appreciation: Without Lying Down

Film Appreciation: Without Lying Down

“I’ve spent my life searching for a man I could look up to without lying down.” Frances Marion Bridget Terry’s captivating film is inspired by Cari Beauchamp’s book Without Lying Down: Frances Marion And The Power Of Women In Hollywood. This may sound like an ironic title to some; I assure you it is not.Continue Reading

Film Review: Dean

Film Review: Dean

Demetri Martin has had a long career as a standup comic, as well as an actor and writer on shows like The Daily Show and Late Night With Conan O’Brien. He makes his debut as a screenwriter and director with the dramedy Dean. Although the film is uneven and more than a bit derivative, MartinContinue Reading

Film Appreciation: Beginners

Film Appreciation: Beginners

Mike Mills’ second film, Beginners, has a title that describes its main characters. All are adults, but beginners when it comes to relationships. Beginners is a funny, rueful, and ultimately hopeful film about moving on after loss. It is the story of Oliver (Ewan McGregor) who has just lost his father, Hal (Christopher Plummer), toContinue Reading

Laughter From Sadness: List For Week Ending May 21, 2017

Laughter From Sadness: List For Week Ending May 21, 2017

Our films this week are all comedies, but with stories that have sad inciting incidents. This is not intended as an all-inclusive list. Reader suggestions are welcome. If you know an addition to this list, please write using the comments below. Dean (2016) (Reviewed In Thinking Cinema 5/18/17) http://www.thinkingcinema.com/film-review-dean/ Beginners (2010) (Article In Thinking Cinema 5/18/17) http://www.thinkingcinema.com/film-appreciation-beginners/Continue Reading

Highlights For Week Ending May 7, 2017

Highlights For Week Ending May 7, 2017

CHANGE OF TITLE FOR THE BLEEDER On February 23, 2017, Thinking Cinema reviewed The Bleeder. This is a biopic of heavyweight boxer Chuck Wepner, a major inspiration for Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky Balboa. The film’s distributors have retitled the film Chuck. It will release in the U.S. on May 5, 2017. It also releases in BrazilContinue Reading

Film Review: Past Life

Film Review: Past Life

Avi Nesher’s new film, Past Life, brings to mind a quote from Elie Wiesel: “It always hurts when you lose a secret”. In this case, the pain affects members of a family and those connected to them via wartime tragedies. The fact-inspired narrative has moments of contrivance, but these are offset by two strong leadContinue Reading

Film Appreciation: Incendies

Film Appreciation: Incendies

Incendies (2010) is a spellbinding film that does not compromise. Writer/director Denis Villeneuve is vague about the story’s location. However, it seems fairly clear that events of the non-linear narrative occur in two places: modern-day Canada and Lebanon during its civil war (1975-1990). Incendies, which is based on a play of the same name, dealsContinue Reading