Cedar Rapids Gazette
October 27, 1991
Thereâ€™s a lot of talk about the rising profile of women directors this season, with Jodie Fosterâ€™s â€œ Little Man Tate,â€ Mary AgnesÂ Donoghueâ€™s â€œ Paradiseâ€ and Martha Coolidgeâ€™s â€œ Rambling Roseâ€ in theaters now, and BarbraStreisandâ€™s â€œ The Prince of Tidesâ€ due out in December.
But what about leading roles for women? The outlook isnâ€™t particularly plentiful from the more than 75 movies due to open before the end of the year.
Only two female roles between now and Dec. 31 command automatic attention:
â€¢ The New York psychiatrist in â€œ The Prince of Tidesâ€ played by Streisand.
â€¢ And the USO entertainer played by Bette Midler in â€œ For the Boys,â€ a dramatic movie with songs in which Midler sings, dances and jokes.
Some possible contenders:
â€¢ Annette Bening has abovethe-title billing in â€œ Bugsy,â€ opposite Warren Beatty, but even her closest associates say they havenâ€™t yet seen the film, which is due in late December.
â€¢ This yearâ€™s womenâ€™s ensemble film is “Fried Green Tomatoes,â€ due out just in time for Oscar consideration. But two of 2 its stars are recent best actress â€¢ Oscar winners: 1990â€™s Kathy â€¢ Bates and 1989â€™s Jessica Tandy.
â€¢ Nicole Kidman has virtually * the only womanâ€™s role in Touchstone Picturesâ€™ â€œ Billy Bathgate,â€ starring Dustin Hoffman.
â€¢ The oft-nominated Glenn Close in â€œ Meeting Venus” and Isabelle Huppert in the French- produced â€œ Madame Bovary.â€
Plus it will be difficult to overlook the splashy roles played by^ Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis in â€œ Thelma & Louise.â€ And, of course, thereâ€™s Fosterâ€™s performance in the current â€œ Little Man Tate,â€ but that competes * with her â€œ Silence of the Lambsâ€ â€¢ role earlier this vear.