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Jodie: An Icon
A film by Pratibha Parmar
England, 1996, 24 minutes, Color, 16mm/DVD
Order No. W99475
Jodie is a fast paced, breezy look at the transatlantic phenomenon that has made Hollywood actress Jodie Foster an icon for lesbians who identify with, adore and celebrate the screen personas of her remarkable career. Fans and queer cultural critics share their favorite ‘iconic’ moments giving illuminating lesbian readings of Foster’s key films which trace the charismatic actor’s progression from early tomboy parts as a child star to mature performances depicting active, strong willed women with attitude. Die hard Foster fans like comedienne Lea de Laria’s comment that “If I was Hannibal Lecter, it wouldn’t be her liver I’d want to eat,” express the desire and lust shared by Foster’s lesbian fans around the world. The film captures the Jodie Foster look alike contest in San Francisco and a visually slick montage of views on Foster’s butch femme indeterminacy all help to confirm Foster’s status as a dyke icon.


  • Berlin Film Festival
  • South by Southwest Film Festival
  • Denver Film Festival
  • NY, LA and SF Int’l Lesbian and Gay Film Festivals

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    “The real stars in this valentine to Foster are the critics, filmmakers, and just plain movie-goers for whom her star image has been so formative. Foster ought to be pleased with her supporting role.”
    Patricia White
    Swarthmore College

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