July 26, 2021

Thelma & Louise, inmortales

A complaint against the sexual harassment suffered by women, two decades before the #Metoo movement appeared on the scene. An iconic selfie, when it was a few years before that term became popular. And a shocking ending … These are some of the reasons that made Thelma & Louise in a classic and a feminist plea.

The film is topical again on the 30th anniversary of its premiere. It was on May 24, 1991 at the closing of the Cannes festival. And this year on the occasion of the anniversary will also put the finishing touch to the festival that will be held from July 6 to 17. In Spain Thelma & Louise It came a little later, on November 22, 1991.

The two protagonists taking a selfie with a Polaroid before starting their weekend getaway that ended tragically

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Last weekend the two protagonists Geena Davis (Thelma Dickinson) and Susan Sarandon (Louise Sawyer) met for a special screening in Los Angeles, dressed in matching T-shirts with the phrases “I’m her Thelma & She’s my Louise ”(I am her Thelma and she is my Louise) and in the other“ She’s my Thelma & I’m her Louise ”(She is my Thelma and I am her Louise).

Davis (65) and Sarandon (74) got into one of seven green Ford Thunderbird ’66 used on the trip / getaway through Arkansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Arizona. In the car, the two repeated selfies like the one they took at the beginning of their weekend getaway; and they kissed, recalling the controversial final scene.

The screenwriter of the film Callie Khouri, with the two protagonists Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon

The screenwriter of the film Callie Khouri, with the two protagonists Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon

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In the reunion was also Callie Khouri, the woman who devised the plot and who won the Oscar for best screenplay. She wrote the story from that end, immovable, despite the pressure from the big producers. The project was continually rejected because of that scene in the Grand Canyon, which left the two protagonists without a future and without the possibility of sequels.

This delay due to the lack of support from the studios forced Jodie Foster and Michelle Pfeiffer, the actresses chosen initially, to leave the project, and Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis, known but not stars, entered. Interestingly at the Oscars, they were both nominated, but Foster snatched it from him for The silence of the lambs .

The two protagonists are a symbol of empowerment

The two protagonists of this road movie, which moves between the western and the police genre, are a symbol of empowerment

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Also the mistrust generated by this road movie female empowerment forced Ridley Scott, who was originally just a producer, to direct the film. And this is another of the keys to success, since it raised Thelma & Louise like Alien , where Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) was a male character played by a female.

Ridley Scott and Callie Khouri also needed to find the right actors for the rest of the cast. Harvey Keitel was cast as Inspector Hal Slocombe. An already known actor, who in this film played his first kind role, since he is the only one who understands the motivations of the two women. To play the hitchhiker, who seduces one of the protagonists and leaves them penniless, they rejected an unknown George Clooney and cast the also unknown Brad Pitt. This was his first big movie role.

Brad Pitt played the hitchhiker / thief in his first big Hollywood role

Brad Pitt played the hitchhiker / thief in his first big Hollywood role

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For the rapist they thought of Michael Madsen, who finally played Louise’s boyfriend: and Christopher McDonald, then Thelma’s macho husband. The chosen one was Timothy Carhart, because he had to be as charming as he was violent, to attract and abuse Thelma and unleash the spiral of violence in which the two protagonists are involved, which leads them to the final tragic flight:

-Hey, Louise, let’s not get caught.

-What do you mean by that?

-Let’s move on!