Melissa Silverstein has put together a list of films directed by women to counteract the BFI’s top 50 best of all time. It’s a man’s man world, baby. Only real men link to her piece, as Roger Ebert did on Twitter. The others? Nada. Zip. No one is covering this story except the few shriekers out there who remain unafraid. You see, griping about racism and sexism comes at a price. You aren’t as cool as the peeps who prefer to blend in. I know this because I was once someone who wanted to blend in. Now, I still hang with the boys on Twitter and Hollywood-Elsewhere, and still gripe about inequality just for the plain fuck of it. As Stephen King once wrote, “sometimes being a bitch is all a woman has to hold onto.”
Here is the list compiled by Silverstein and others who do give a damn. If you had to pick ten, which ones would you choose? I have bolded my favorites (but I haven’t seen all of them).
Chantal Ackerman- Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles
Allison Anders – Gas, Food, Lodging
Gillian Armstrong – My Brilliant Career
Gillian Armstrong – High Tide
Andrea Arnold- Fish Tank
Dorothy Arzner – Dance, Girl, Dance