Last night I saw the movie entitled 'The Sea Purple' at the Castro Theater. The movie was based on a true story of a (another) young woman, Angela, who refuses to marry, only this time it takes place in the 1800s in Sicily.
Her father is a powerful (and abusive) man and at first tries to force her into submission by physically abusing her then locking her in a cellar. When nothing works (and his wife brings up the issue of the priest molesting their other daughter) he finally gives in but only if Angela agrees to become a man. The small town is unwilling to accept Angela as Angelo but because her father is the quarry-master (and the most powerful man on the island) and Angelo has taken over his position they are forced to do so. Angelo also marries her best friend Sara, who initially is shunned while attending church and asked by her mother in a poignant scene "What did you expect?"
I did not get any screen shots of this movie but it was beautifully shot on the coast in Italy. Even so the movie itself did not hold together well enough to be one of my favorites. (I got spoiled by the opening night movie The Secret Diaries of Anne Lister and the documentary of Anne Lister the next day).
It makes me wonder (again) just how many women's lives were subverted, buried and concealed due to a naturally occurring rebellious nature. It also brings up my relationship with my father and our inability to find a way to coexist. Was I a rebellious girl? Indeed! And thank the gauds (after I got out of that house) I live in a place and a time where I do not have to suffer the abuses that those before me did. Thanks for reading... yona c. riel
PS: tonight with the festivities beginning in the city I will be posting mostly pictures with a few blurbs interspersed...stay tuned...