Changeling - Strongly Feminist Drama
We may be in for a return to the classic films of bygone days classically done without fancy surrealism and manic shifts with hand-held cameras from the present to the past and back again. "Changeling," one such film, brings to mind Olivia de Havilland's role in Anatole Litvak's 1948 melodrama "The Snake Pit" in which de Havilland's character, Virginia Cunningham, finds herself locked into an asylum for the insane without a clue about how she got there. "Changeling," which deals as well with a woman improperly detained as are several others of her gender, deals with the true story of a woman who becomes a feminist without consciously meaning to do so, part of the movement that dates back to the first women's rights convention in 1848 at Seneca Falls, New York. Ironically, or perhaps the better word would be paradoxically, "Changeling," a strongly feminist drama, is directed by Clint Eastwood who used to be as macho as they come but now knocks out a women's story on the heels of his 2004 entry, "Million Dollar Baby" about a manager determined to coach a woman intent on becoming a major boxer.