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.

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Berzelius
May 20, 2010 11:03 PM CDT
From the article: But I have to get over it, you’re right, because so far this year, two of my favorite movies were made by women, Fish Tank and The Runaways. I’ve got to start rethinking that, although I have to say that a lot of the big studio movies I saw last year that were directed by women were far worse than the sh***y big-budget studio movies that were directed by men.
Count-Spatula
May 20, 2010 10:01 PM CDT
This Eighties hanger-on is still making dumb remarks? The person who wrote the pile of shit book & movie "The Informers" has nothing to advise anyone about.
yoginasser
May 20, 2010 5:45 PM CDT
I think you guys missed something here.Mary Harron directed American Psycho (which I thought was masterful),it seems to me that this is just a round about way of criticizing her work on his baby.