Flesh After Fifty: challenging stereotypes of ageing females in film

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A program of six films resists older women's invisibility. 'Flicks after Fifty' Programmer Kirsten Stevens says finding them was harder than it should have been.

‘Something happens to flesh after fifty.’ This was said with some sadness by the famous screen siren Joan Crawford when she was in her early 50s, posing for publicity shots for her film Autumn Leaves, about a spinster wooed by a man many years her junior. The fact Crawford also insisted that photojournalist Eve Arnold record her in the nude suggests something of the actress's sass and defiance; her refusal to become invisible.

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