Liv Ullmann: "I was always reading a book in-between takes and once I looked up and they were still doing a lot with the camera…and…and I…looked up and Sven Nykvist, the cinematographer, was doing things with the camera and then, there, doing nothing…was Ingmar and he was just…looking at me. And I knew…he…he felt something for me.” (x)
I remember reading this book on mythology—like, the mythropes in writing—and it blew my mind that all of that mythology is basically men writing about men and great myths for men, of which there are so many. And then there are only a handful of myths about women and they’re also written by men, so you start to realize that so much of storytelling has been lost in male perspective and you’re either Persephone—innocent, naive, and kidnapped by Hades into the underworld and has to be rescued; or you’re like Athena—unapproachable, vicious and there’s no gradient. And for me, it’s an amazing thing to begin to think about what it means to tell feminine mythology because it needs to be invented, it doesn’t exist; and also, what does inherently feminine storytelling and structure look like?
Brit Marling for Violet Magazine Interview here starting pg. 202 (via versavis)