A LITTLE CHAOS – Review by MaryAnn Johanson

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In Paris in 1682, King Louis XIV wants gardens at Versailles that are divine: “Heaven shall be here,” he commands. No small task for royal gardener and landscape architect André Le Notre. And Le Notre takes a real chance when he dares to hire, for one section of the gardens, freelance designer Sabine De Barra. This is no job for a woman, and indeed, in historical fact, there was no female garden designer at Versailles in the 17th century (though the gorgeous open-air ballroom grove the fictional one builds here is real and still exists on the palace grounds). But so what? This isn’t a documentary. It’s not an academic lesson. Male characters onscreen prance through the centuries doing all sorts of ahistorical things, so why can’t a woman do the same? Read more>>

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MaryAnn Johanson

MaryAnn Johanson is a freelance writer on film, TV, DVD, and pop culture from New York City and now based in London. She is the webmaster and sole critic at FlickFilosopher.com, which debuted in 1997 and is now one of the most popular, most respected, and longest-running movie-related sites on the Internet. Her film reviews also appear in a variety of alternative-weekly newspapers across the U.S. Johanson is one of only a few film critics who is a member of The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (the Webby organization), an invitation-only, 500-member body of leading Web experts, business figures, luminaries, visionaries and creative celebrities. She is also a member of the Online Film Critics Society. She has appeared as a cultural commentator on BBC Radio, LBC-London, and on local radio programs across North America, and she served as a judge at the first Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Film Festival at the 2003 I-Con, the largest SF convention on the East Coast. She is the author of The Totally Geeky Guide to The Princess Bride, and is an award-winning screenwriter. Read Johanson's recent articles below. For her AWFJ.org archive, type "MaryAnn Johanson" in the Search Box (upper right corner of screen).