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Searching for Debra Winger (2002)

R  |   |  Documentary  |  13 July 2002 (USA)
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Rosanna Arquette talks to various actresses about the pressures they face as women working in the entertainment industry.

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Rosanna Arquette informally interviews several contrasting actresses about how they cope with being a woman in the entertainment industry. The chauvenism of male crew is discussed, the pretentiousness / stereotyping of female characters in American film now. Interviews include those with Alley Sheedy, Martha Plimpton, Debra Winger, Emmanual Beart, and Rosanna's sister, Patricia Arquette -among others. Although a documentary this film seems affected, Arquette never has an argument, never says anything bad about another actress, in fact, complimenting just about everyone of them as being her favourite actress. Written by kerryn wedgwood

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Screened as one of "out-of-competition" films at the Cannes Film Festival, May 2002. Director Rosanna Arquette says she made the documentary when she was struck by the fact that Debra Winger, who earned three Oscar nominations, had left the profession in her 30s. See more »

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Martha Plimpton: Humor. Intelligence. Talent. Imagination. Bravery. Skill. When you eliminate all those things, what have you got?
Ally Sheedy: Fuckability.
Martha Plimpton: That's it. So you can't blame these people for resorting to that kind of standard when they've annihilated all their other options. At least for men, there are options, character roles, you know what I'm saying?
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Extraordinary Documentary
30 March 2008 | by (Orlando, United States) – See all my reviews

This is an extraordinary collection of interviews with many of the greatest and most successful movie actresses from the 60's to the 2000's. They express their real feelings about their careers, their lives and the film industry.

We really have to thank Rosanna Arquette for this. Think about how wonderful it would be to have a documentary like this about all the great actresses from the 20's-60's who have now passed away.

All of these women are extraordinary artists. They have showed the complexities of the human soul in our time to millions of people in our time and hopefully millions more in the future. They all deserve our love and respect.

The movie is well-paced and keeps coming up with surprises (like Rosanna attending a movie premiere, or suddenly coming across Francis McDormand in a hotel bathroom).

Besides the interviews with many of the greatest actresses of our time, the film also includes an interview with one man: Roger Ebert, the greatest film critic of our time.

I highly recommend this movie to anybody interested in the art of movies. It is extraordinarily important for its historical value.


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