San Francisco is the setting for the criminal legal drama Jagged Edge , which takes as its subject matter the murdering of an heiress named Page Forrester, played by Maria Mayenzet. After the commencing of the investigation, her widower husband finds himself as the main culprit behind the slaying. Both leading ladies of the film, Close and Mayenzet, have their own scenes of nudity. Right before Mayenzet is about to be done in, the thug rips open her shirt, exposing her left breast.
We're in the siege of ''new'' women's pictures, for better and worse. It's probably just a coincidence in release schedules, but not in a number of years have there been as many movies as there are at the minute in which women not only are the stars but also play the most important dramatic roles:. What is even more unusual about this representation is that not one of these films is - on its surface, anyway -a ''woman's picture. In ''Plenty,'' it isn't her career that worries Miss Streep's Susan Traherne, or even the men in her life -they all adore her. Rather it's her own lost illusions. Having fought with the French underground during the Nazi occupation of France, she goes to emotional pieces when she realizes that the postwar world is just as money-grubbing and hypocritical as the prewar world.
She is Alicia Clark, the formidable managing editor of the fictional paper the New York Sun, and is responsible for cutbacks and continually at loggerheads with a mercurial reporter, played by Michael Keaton. In her younger years, she would have been a wonderful Lady Percy, or Portia, or Olivia — or indeed a gender-bending, crossdressing Hamlet. She gives real weight to the movie. Close was the only possible casting in this 90s live-action version of the much-loved story.
Her roles don't hinge on appealing likeability or straight sex appeal. Instead, she gets to play characters who are supercilious, vengeful, jealous and powerful, taking them to the edge of human expression without any soft, appeasing edges. But even in her fourth decade as an actress, getting these roles still isn't easy. As she accepted her Best Actress Golden Globe award for her role in The Wife , she spoke about how hard it was to get a film made about her complex-but-downtrodden lead character.