Sunday, April 03, 2011

Movie Monday

Women and Prison. Share on your blog movies that feature female prisoners, guards, or those who are accused and on their way to the Big House, linking back here.

The first movie to spring to mind was a soft-core effort about a Nazi prison guard named Ilsa. I never actually saw this opus -- an old boyfriend was ashamed of owning it (on Beta, no less), and he should have been. But then, after giving it more thought, I came up with two optio
ns that are so good you don't have to be ashamed if they're in your video collection.

Patty Hearst. The late Natasha Richardson was tremendous as the kidnapped heiress, who endured hell -- beatings, rape, humiliation, brainwashing. She did whatever it took to stay alive, and was rewarded with a prison sentence. (Though my friend John still believes she was guilty as sin and should have served her full sentence. Whatever. He initially believed OJ Simpson was innocent.)

I Want to Live! Susan Hayward won an Oscar for her performance in a movie that really rocked my world when I saw it back in the 1970s (I was babysitting). Barbara Graham was basically convicted and put to death for being an unlikeable slut. She may have been guilty, but it wasn't proven beyond a reasonable doubt. This is a true and tragic story, and influenced my early feelings about both feminism and the death penalty.

Promote Reading, Promote Friendship

Kwizgiver turned me on to BAFAB Week, and I'm in.

BAFAB, or "Buy a Friend a Book," is celebrated the first weeks of every January, April, July, and October.

How to participate in BAFAB Week. Just get yourself to a real-life or virtual book store during Buy a Friend a Book Week and, well, buy a friend a book! But here's the fun part: you can't buy your friend a book because it's their birthday or they just graduated or got engaged or had a baby or anything else. You have to give them a book for no good reason. In fact, this present out of the blue from you should shock the pants off of whomever you decide to give it to. And it'll make them happy. And that's the point: promote reading, promote friendships. Just make sure to let them know about Buy a Friend a Book Week, so they can spread the joy in turn.

The friend I chose: Amy, my former admin, now a full-time mom in Pennsylvania. She should be getting her book this week.

I encourage you to participate because it's fun and it feels good. Click here for details.

Purchased at the Golden Ball

Legend has it George Washington bought gewgaws here. And it's where I found a perfect, slender silver scroll ring to replace my the topaz I lost in late March.