There are a number of wonderful movies and short films about laundry. Laundry blowing quietly in the breeze is a timeless and organic expression of the quotidian mysteries.
Drying for Freedom
“… Proud voices, angry voices, sheepish, humorous, wistful, and bitter voices express layers of feelings and experience that will be a revelation to both men and women.” –The New York Times
“‘Clotheslines’ is one of the best films about women ever made.” –Vic Skolnick, American Independent Series
With verve and humor, this film shows the love/hate relationship that women have with the task of cleaning the family’s clothes. As we see the clothes flapping in the wind and hear the voices – some proud, some angry, some wistful – we realize that doing laundry calls forth deep feelings about one’s role in life. Some remember when their mothers and grandmothers tackled the same chores using washtubs and washboards, or even river streams. This engaging film pays homage to the commonality of women’s experience.
Produced by Roberta Cantow
Cinematographer: Roberta Cantow
Sound: Mary Dunn
Editing: Roberta Cantow
Copyright: a Buffalo Rose Production 1981 Roberta Cantow
32 minutes, Color
Original format: Film: 16mm, 1981
San Francisco Film Festival, 1983
London International Film Festival, 1983
Laundry Racks & Lines
20a film by Ann Johnston Miller