Be Pretty and Shut Up!
(Sois belle et tais-toi)
In 1976 Delphine Seyrig told Leila Weinraub of the New York Times, “I have a heavy past, having been an actress. . . . It was a way of seducing, of proving to myself that I could be accepted. But actresses are a commercial product. They represent the whole male‐female problem seen with a microscope. They are agents of the male optic.” Seyrig proved her thesis with Be Pretty and Shut Up!, a video dossier compiling firsthand accounts of twenty-four French and American actresses—including Jane Fonda, Maria Schneider, Shirley MacLaine, Jill Clayburgh, and Juliet Berto—on the frustrations and limitations of their métier, still sadly relevant today.
Pull My Daisy
Robert Frank, Alfred Leslie, United States, 1959
Seyrig anchors a cast of painters and poets (including Allen Ginsberg, Larry Rivers, and Alice Neel) in this classic Beat cine-poem written and narrated by Jack Kerouac.