sábado, 12 de junho de 2010

Sheila Rowbotham sobre Godard


His idea was to film me with nothing on reciting words of emancipation as I walked up and down a flight of stairs - the supposition being that eventually the voice would override the images of the body. This made me uneasy for two reasons. I was a 36C and considered my breasts too floppy for the sixties fashion. Being photographed lying down with nothing on was fine, but walking downstairs could be embarrassing. Moreover, while I didn't think nudity was a problem in itself, the early women's groups were against what we called 'objectification'...Why on earth did the pesky male mind jump so quickly from talk of liberation to nudity, I wondered...

Godard came out to Hackney to convince me. He sat on the sandied floor of my bedroom, a slight man, his body coiled in persuasive knots. Neither Godard the man nor Godard the mythical creator of Breathless were easy to contend with. I perched in discomfort on the end of my bed and announced 'I think if there's a woman with nothing on appearing on the screen no one's going to listen to the words', suggesting perhaps he could film our 'This Exploits Women' stickers on the tube. Godard gave me a baleful look, his lip curled. 'Don't you think I am able to make a c*** boring?', he exclaimed. We were looked in a conflict over a fleeting ethnographic moment.

In the end a compromise was settled. The Electric Cinema had recently opened in Notting Hill and needed money. A young women (with small breasts) from there agreed to walk up and down the stairs and I did the voice over. When British Sounds was shown in France...the audience cheered as I declared 'They tell us what we are...One is simply not conscious of "men" writers, of "men" film makers. They are just "writers", just "film-makers". The reflected image for women they create will be taken straight by women themselves. These characters "are" women.' As for Godard's intention of making a c*** boring, I cannot say except that a friend in International Socialism told me that his first thought had been 'crumpet' - until the shot went on and on and on, and he started to listen.'


- Sheila Rowbotham, Promise of a Dream: Remembering the Sixties

2 comentários:

Rita Maria disse...

Muito bom :)

maria n. disse...

Sim, e não perdeu a actualidade :-)