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The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is even more feminist than you think...

Updated: Jul 20, 2020

Starring Rachel Brosnahan as the feisty, feminist icon, the Amazon Prime series supports women just as much behind the camera as it does in front.

 

Now on its second series, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel has been taking the world by storm. Starring Rachel Brosnahan, the Amazon Prime series follows Miriam 'Midge' Maisel, a feisty '50s housewife, on her journey to break the status quo and become a stand-up comedian.


The show is created by Amy Sherman-Palladino who also created the highly acclaimed Gilmore Girls (2000-2007), but what we're most interested in, of course, is the series music.


Gilmore Girls was underscored by American singer-songwriter and composer Sam Phillips, and Sherman-Pallandino, clearly pleased with her work, placed her at the composer helm again to underscore the aspiring comedian. This time, however, Sam has joined forces with her husband and violinist Eric Gorfain. This is particularly interesting as, harking back to our interview with Lisa Gerrard, women are rarely employed as film/TV music composers, and it's even more rare for a woman to be responsible for helping a male into the field which is evident here.


This is probably due to the fact the series is created by a woman, again in reference to Gerrard's idea of male directors being more comfortable with working with male composers due to its intimate collaborative nature. We can only praise Sherman-Pallandino for supporting the female side of the composing industry which so many women directors miss. Here's to the continued revolution!

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