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Gap-Toothed Women

  • Rating: ****
  • Audience: High School to Adult
  • Price: Public performance: $99.95 Home use: $49.95
  • Date: Copyright 1987. Released 1987.
  • Descriptors: Women. Beauty, Personal. Difference (Psychology).
  • Production Information: Film transfer. Produced by Les Blank. 31 min.
  • Production Company: Flower Films 10341 San Pablo Ave. El Cerrito, CA 94530 (510) 525-0942 Available from production company
  • ISBN: ISBN 0-933621-36-1.
  • Cataloging: 305.908 Diastema (teeth)||Women - Psychology
  • Awards: American Film & Video Festival Blue ribbon, 1989. CINE Golden Eagle, 1988.
  • Print Entry #: 1:600
  • Reviewer: Judith A. Gaston

    In a society focused on norms and appearances - particularly for women - Les Blank's Gap-Toothed Women offers fresh perspectives in a delightful format. A number of exciting gap-toothed women share their personal stories of dealing with "the gap" and its various psychological and social implications. The program successfully addresses issues of difference and offers fertile opportunities to extend the analysis into a number of sectors of life and culture.

    Viewers learn history and mythology related to gap-toothedness in a light and engaging manner. We find out about gaps as symbols of luck and beauty and learn intercultural facts such as the importance of the "the gap" in Senegal. Gap-toothed women including singer Claudia Schmidt, actress Lauren Hutton, and Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Conner speak about social pressures, personal resilience, and a woman's inner beauty. The women we meet represent many races, ages, and vocations.

    Libraries of all types will be interested in this entertaining yet poignant tale. The program will delight general audiences from high school through adult, and can serve as a particularly appropriate stimulus when discussing women's issues, beauty, and differences. I would also view this as a resource for discussions of mortality and aging. Gap-Toothed Women is a unique production noteworthy for its originality and inspiration. The actors, though some are public figures, are down-to-earth and easy to relate to. The theme touches that little spot in all of us strained by feelings of inadequacy or difference.

    The film-to-video transfer is satisfactory. The interviews are interspersed with bits of history and mythology, and the script offers variety while maintaining a smooth pace. The photography and sound quality are very good, and the program is enhanced by the original music about "the gap" performed by Claudia Schmidt. The only technical criticism is that the credits are light and a bit challenging to read.

    This delightful program holds up well in repeated screenings. The stories will charm and encourage viewers whether they are screening Gap-Toothed Women just for fun or as a precursor to a serious analysis of social issues.

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