Women in Film

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There are women who have become icons in literature, even if contenders for the “Great American Novel” are reserved for men. Surely Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird is a good candidate for the title, even if it is routinely ...
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In its 87 years of existence, only four women have ever been nominated for a Best Director Oscar. All of those nominees have made my list of the greatest movies directed by women. While researching this project, the original draft ...
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In addition to Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken, which is being screened and will be reviewed soon, many women already have taken center stage in the Oscar race. Instead of unveiling just a thirty-minute showreel of Selma at the AFI Fest, director ...
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As the 2014/2015 Oscar race begins to take shape, pundits are circling the possibilities.  They are predicting films that haven’t been seen over films that have because they have a 50/50 chance of delivering the goods. Oh, and hope springs ...
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The Dissolve’s Tasha Robinson writes up a brilliant piece about female characters in films who are supposed to be “strong” but who, in the end, really are just your usual backseat babe, making the world easier for the male hero ...
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In case you’ve been wondering why it’s so difficult to get movies about women made you don’t have to look any further than 2014’s 67th Cannes Film Festival. Under the jury president, Jane Campion, the best films so far in ...
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What do you do if you’re an independent movie written and directed by a woman, about a lesbian getting married? Do you wait for Hollywood to shove aside that latest coming of age, coming of middle age or coming of ...
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Welcome to 2013 when every tiny detail in a film is scrubbed clean of any ambiguity — because if anything is left in doubt it might be misinterpreted and then what does that say about the film? What does it ...
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The box office powerhouse that is Jennifer Lawrence, and the brilliant marketing team (and great word of mouth) behind Frozen have driven the box office to a record breaking week. Why is it worth noting? Because both films are driven ...
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Fairly enlightening, this. And depressing. Don’t make me start talking about the three holes again. Full infographic after the cut.
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I love this interview. I don’t think it’s a matter of many of us just being old and out of touch. It’s a matter of watching something that was imperfect but beautiful turn into a fast food industry. It’s depressing, ...

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One thing we know about the industry now is that they prefer their women naked and on their backs. One they don’t like – women behind the camera. I would add to this consider filmmakers of color. Consider other narratives ...
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Women and Hollywood’s Melissa Silverstein, someone I consider to be a growing voice in the film community, has co-curated a panel for the New York Times on women and their influence in Hollywood.  Or rather, their non-existent influence in Hollywood. ...
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Three American indies directed by women are “marvelous.” He calls Winter’s Bone, the “Movie of the Year.”

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This link, via Kottke.org, points out how few women/women films masses of human beings will shell out money for. An interesting tally: Two Female Leads Quick, name a few recent popular movies where the two top-billed stars are female. Here’s ...

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