the. funniest. episode. evuh! Sept 17, 2011 6:41:49 GMT -5
Post by treasmus on Sept 17, 2011 6:41:49 GMT -5
Both Maddie and Cybill are very sensual women so there is a similarity, but I don't see it as being Cybill. Remember Maddie's silk pajamas? Or the kind of clothes she wears to work? Remember the scene in the "Pilot" where Maddie slow dances with David? Remember the way Maddie kisses David on the cheek when she calls him "partner" in one of the episodes from season 2? Remember the scene in "Money Talks, Maddie Walks" where Maddie is getting ready to go out and confront her accountant, and while she's preparing she tilts her head back and slowly pulls a stocking up her leg? Remember Maddie's dance in front of the mirror in "Blonde on Blonde"? Remember the scene where Maddie is drinking champagne/white wine in her bathtub? Those scenes tell you a lot about Maddie. What they tell you is that Maddie likes feeling sensual (whether it's in the presence of other people or when she's alone and it's just for her own private pleasure), and that Maddie knows very well that fabrics (clothing) can be very sensual. And there isn't a more sensual and suggestive prop for a woman than a red rose. I love that whole scene because it's so evident that Maddie is in absolute control of her own desire. She takes pleasure in seeing David see her as a woman. She genuinely likes it that he sees her doing what she does with the rose. And I love the fact that the way the scene is filmed has nothing to do with the dreaded "male gaze." It's not filmed from a man's POV. David does look, but Maddie wants him to look. She does what she does with the rose and observes his reaction (and that's what the camera shows). The scene reminds me of what Barbara Stanwyck does in "Double Indemnity" (she bats the "gaze" back), only Maddie does it in a more subtle, sensual way.
Also, I wanted a new animation, but I couldn't think of a good scene to cap, so thanks for the inspiration!