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We talk about the coding of the lesbian relationship, the power of words, family, and feminism, and how very glossed over / rose-tinted some of the issues (like racism) are in the movie.
And of course we find a life lesson… a very important life lesson.
We have been asked to give Content Warnings which we are happy to do. This episode features a discussion about rape, domestic violence, racism, death, and horrible injury.
We also touch on the subject of divorce in the south in the 1920s. The Wiki article on US Divorce has some fascinating nuggets of trivia:.
Jennifer also referenced The Celluloid Closet: which is a 1995 American documentary film directed and written by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman. The film is based on Vito Russo‘s book of the same name first published in 1981 and on lecture and film clip presentations he gave in 1972–1982. Russo had researched the history of how motion pictures, especially Hollywood films, had portrayed gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender characters.
We both pulled from Roger Ebert’s review of the film and used this quote:”It’s pretty clear that Idgie is a lesbian, and fairly clear that she and Ruth are a couple, although given the mores of the South at the time a lot goes unspoken, and we are never quite sure how clear that is to Ruth. “ (Emphasis Kaylia)
Lastly I got a lot out of reading some of the critical essays you can find here. I only pulled a few things from them for the podcast (time limitations and all) but I strongly encourage you to read through them. Very interesting stuff.
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