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RIP Verna Bloom

Discussion in 'Movies' started by Adam Lenhardt, Jan 10, 2019.

  1. Adam Lenhardt

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    She passed away yesterday due to complications from dementia. She was 80.

    Famous roles include the Sarah Belding, the hotel owner's wife seduced by Clint Eastwood in High Plains Drifter; Marion Wormer, the dean's wife who had a lot to say about cucumbers in Animal House; and Mary, mother of Jesus in The Last Temptation of Christ.
     
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    TBH, her character was actually raped in High Plains Drifter by Clint Eastwood. May she R.I.P.
     
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    I remember her from Medium Cool and The Hired Hand, two films worth seeking out. RIP
     
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    Mariana Hill's character was raped by Eastwood in High Plains Drifter.

    Bloom's character, while violently coerced by Eastwood into the bedroom, got the upper hand on him and was ready to stab him with a sharp pair of scissors. Eastwood's character even tells her to go away, part of his belittlement of and scorn toward her and the entire town. She moves into to stab him, but is so overcome with his manliness... or whatever... that she lets go of the scissors and melts into him.

    That movie has very fucked up ideas about sex and masculinity in general, but the two situations were very different from each other.
     
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    To me, it's attempted rape as he forced her into his room and then overcame her with the scissors with more than his manliness. If that happened today, he would be prosecuted.
     
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    Oh, I definitely agree that it's an ugly scene and it only played out the way it did because Tidyman and Eastwood wanted it to. I just think the intention was entirely different than the earlier, even more horrific scene.
     
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    I definitely remember the Animal House role. I'll have to look for her in my next viewing of High Plains Drifter which has now been bumped up. R.I.P Verna.
     
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    The original Cougar, Marion Wormer!!

    Starting up many a young 70s guy’s older & sexy women fantasies.

    Verna Bloom, you will be missed.
     

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