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Makeover Movie

Makeover Movie

Sue Ding
United States
2022
19 min
International Premiere
Frontlight
Synopsis

Many a teenage girl has grown up watching movies showing a tomboyish, nondescript or even unattractive protagonist undergo a makeover and turn into a head-turning beauty. It’s every girl’s dream. But why? And just what is Hollywood’s beauty ideal?

Filmmaker Sue Ding takes a deep dive into over a hundred years of film history to compose this humorous but alarming visual essay comprising countless clips from nearly a hundred films that all present precisely the same image. She calls up her girlfriends on the phone and together they re-examine what they found so irresistible about specific scenes, and what they now regard as problematic. Why were the stars of the show always white and thin? Why did they make such an issue out of food, wearing glasses and having frizzy hair?

With a blend of criticism and self-deprecating humor, the kaleidoscopic images and commentary arrive at an alarming conclusion: “normal” women, women of color and people who identify as queer are totally absent. Money is always the holy grail. And how come it’s always an older, wealthier, white man who’s in charge?

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Credits
19 min
color
DCP
Spoken languages: English
Director
    Sue Ding
    Sue Ding
Production
    Sue Ding
    Sue Ding
Editing
    Sue Ding
    Sue Ding
Sound Design
    Josh Lim,
    Brian Berger
    Josh Lim,
    Brian Berger
Screening copy
    Sue Ding
    Sue Ding

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