Greta Gerwig’s Ladybird vs. Rocky — Or: The Importance of the Female Perspective

First things first. Who is Greta Gerwig? And what is ‘Lady Bird’ about? (In case you haven’t seen the film.)

I first was introduced to Gerwig when I watched ‘Frances Ha’ during the Berlinale in 2013. I loved the film! Gerwig stars in the lead as Frances, a New York woman (who doesn’t really have an apartment) who apprentices for a dance company (though she’s not really a dancer) and throws herself headlong into her dreams, even as the possibility of realising them dwindles.

And how does Rocky fit into the equation?

Well, last night we settled on ‘Rocky’ instead of ‘Little Women’, a film my boyfriend had seen various times in his teenage years, contributing to him becoming a man.

My conclusion

I’m so, so glad that today, more than 40 years after the release of ‘Rocky,’ films are emerging giving us a female perspective and female role models which aren’t all about ‘How to get married.’ Films, which address what young girls and women want in life.

Sources:

Greta Gerwig On ‘Lady Bird,’ Her Directorial Debut, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert 17th Nov 2017 [last viewed 10th of June 2020]

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