Bret Easton Ellis: Women Can't Direct
Female directors lack 'male gaze,' author says
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 20, 2010 2:30 AM CDT
"American Psycho" author Bret Easton Ellis.   (AP Photo,Courtesy of Ian Gittler,File)

(Newser) – Bret Easton Ellis is likely to find himself scratched from a few Christmas card lists over a MovieLine interview in which he insists women aren't made to be good movie directors. "There’s something about the medium of film itself that I think requires the male gaze," said the American Psycho author. "We’re watching, and we’re aroused by looking, whereas I don’t think women respond that way to films, just because of how they’re built."

The "best art is made under not an indifference to, but a neutrality toward the kind of emotionalism that I think can be a trap for women directors," he said. Ellis, bigheartedly, admitted that female directors had made two of his favorite movies this year, Andrea Arnold's Fish Tank and Floria Sigismondi's The Runaways.