Milos Stehlik On French Artists's #MeToo Protest Letter And Review Of 'The Phantom Thread'

French actress Catherine Denueve poses with the Bambi media prize given by German Burda publishing company during the awarding ceremony in Berlin Thursday, Nov. 15, 2001.
French actress Catherine Denueve poses with the Bambi media prize given by German Burda publishing company during the awarding ceremony in Berlin Thursday, Nov. 15, 2001. AP Photo/ Jan Bauer
French actress Catherine Denueve poses with the Bambi media prize given by German Burda publishing company during the awarding ceremony in Berlin Thursday, Nov. 15, 2001.
French actress Catherine Denueve poses with the Bambi media prize given by German Burda publishing company during the awarding ceremony in Berlin Thursday, Nov. 15, 2001. AP Photo/ Jan Bauer

Milos Stehlik On French Artists's #MeToo Protest Letter And Review Of 'The Phantom Thread'

The #MeToo movement created an international conversation about sexual harassment, specifically concerning boundaries regarding male/female interactions.

A group of 100 French female performers and scholars, including film legend Catherine Denueve and writer Catherine Millet, have pushed back against the conventional narrative. Their new open letter in Le Monde, "Nous défendons une liberté d’importuner, indispensable à la liberté sexuelle” (We defend a freedom to annoy, indispensable to sexual freedom), has caused a row. We’ll discuss the letter with WBEZ film contributor Milos Stehlik of Facets Chicago.

Milos will also review the fashioned-themed historical drama, The Phantom Thread. The film could be Daniel Day-Lewis’ final acting performance. Day-Lewis apparently became so engrossed in his research into the fashion world that he announced his retirement from film to pursue a full-time career in fashion design.