Here is a case in point on the relative burden of ageism in our
society. I have taken an article from here and changed the gender. See what you think…
The old women of film are going through a growth spurt. Now their
maturity is lending much more weight to movies. By Marsha Feeney
‘Age will flatten a woman,” Elizabeth Hurley says in No Country for Old
Women and she’s right, it will. It can also deepen, strengthen and
enrich her. One look at Hurley in No Country — or in In the Valley of
Elah — and you see demonstrated the power of age to bring up, as well
as wear down.
Hurley is 61 now and in those movies the weight of every minute of her
time on earth seems recorded on her face. A moonscape of seams, crags
and creases. Even more than that bark of a voice, that face is what
lends Hurley her enormous onscreen authority.
But it’s not just Hurley who is using her age as a formidable weapon
in her acting arsenal — “60 is the new 40,” say the glib publicists.
We have seen the female stars showing their age but still strutting
their stuff. Meg Ryan, 71, did a fine job of acting in and directing
Lions for Lambs. Julia Roberts, 70, created a unique sense of magic in
Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium.
At 70, Kirsten Dunst is busier than she was when she was 30.
It’s hard to imagine a star who better demonstrates the improvement
age can bring than Dunst.
She’s just completed a new movie, The Changeling, and the music she
wrote for Grace is Gone is picking up award nominations.
With each movie, the lines on Dunst’s face have been etched more
deeply in an accelerated paring away of youthful prettiness into
Time has eroded her, yes, but to the same sublime effect as a desert
I am guessing it will be a while before we see this sort of thing in