Here's a lovely way to kick off your Wednesday. Anne Thompson linked to this a couple days ago on her Thompson on Hollywood blog, but I just now got around to checking it out ... it's a nice little video montage featuring 80 years of women in film, from Marlene Dietrich to Gwyneth Paltrow, with each successive face morphing into the next. It's very well done, and a lovely tribute to some amazing actresses.

Some commenters on Various and Sundry, which posted the older version of the video, noted that there were no women of color among the 75 or so actresses included. Some commenters pointed out that many of these stars are "glamour" stars, old Hollywood starlets, from a time when women of color were not stars; others have noted that it would have been nice to have at least included more modern women of color, i.e., Halle Berry and Salma Hayek, which would have been interesting both from a morphing standpoint and from the perspective of illustrating the evolution of Hollywood and its acceptance of women who don't have white skin as beautiful.

I tracked down the artist who created the video when someone in that comment thread linked to a "new" version on YouTube (see above) that now includes women of color. Here is the story: According to the artist, Philip Scott Johnson (who goes by the moniker "eggman913" on YouTube), he never intended the piece that's floating around the internet to be spread far and wide. He had the older piece up for a few days a while back before deciding on his own to add women of color to the piece, but the first version is what's been spread around, much to his chagrin. In his own words:

"First of all I'm very upset that an earlier version of Women In Film is out on the internet. Yes, the original had only caucasian women. I realized it was racist simply by exclusion and pulled it off the internet back in May. I wanted it off the internet forever ... Now I am stuck having to carry on conversations about why I changed it all because one guy copied and saved an earlier version. By the way, I changed it long before people started leaving comments on that website so to answer your question, No it was not in response. I changed it on my own a long time ago because I thought it was the right thing to do."
categories Cinematical