The Guardian film section asked me to write about women as dolls/inspired by dolls (consciously or subconsciously) in cinema, to tie in with Kristin Scott Thomas’ Barbie From Hell look in Nicolas Winding Refn’s Only God Forgives.
For years, Kristin Scott Thomas has been trashing her brittle English upper-classness in French films, but anglophone audiences who still think of her as posh Fiona from Four Weddings and a Funeral might get a shock when they see her in Nicolas Winding Refn’s ultra-violent revenge parable. Sample dialogue: “And how many cocks can you ‘entertain’ with that cute little cum-dumpster of yours?”
To read on, please click on the picture of Kristin Scott-Thomas to be whisked over to the Guardian website. I go on to write about not just Scott Thomas, but also Moira Shearer in The Tales of Hoffmann, Bette Davis in What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, Daryl Hannah in Blade Runner and Kyoko Fukada in Kamikaze Girls.
Here are some other films I considered including (but didn’t):
Actually, the women in “Mill of the Stone Women” were coated with wax. They used “Stone” in the title to make it seem more dramatic; “Mill of the Wax Women” wouldn’t have the same ring to it.
Mill of the Wax Women would be quite an interesting title, though maybe not for this particular film…