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The Fairer Film: Female Directors Marathon
« on: January 07, 2012, 12:16:13 AM »
With my other marathons finishing up, I wanted one new one to focus myself on amid anything else that catches my fancy during the year, and one thing I've really wanted to do is focus myself on looking more deeply into the works of female directors. So I'll use this to try something from those I haven't experienced yet or to dig deeper into the filmographies of those I have. Feel free to mention directors you reckon I'm overlooking, though some of the more prominent I've either seen most of their small filmographies or am not keen to see more.

The Results of Feminism (Alice Guy, 1906) 4/5
Suspense (Lois Weber, 1913) 4/5
How Men Propose (Lois Weber, 1913) 2/5
Hypocrites (Lois Weber, 1915) 5/5
Eleanor's Catch (Cleo Madison, 1916)
1/5
Where Are My Children? (Lois Weber, 1916) 5/5
Too Wise Wives (Lois Weber, 1921) 3/5
The Blot (Lois Weber, 1921) 4/5
The Smiling Madame Beudet (Germaine Dulac, 1923)
Maedchen In Uniform (Leontine Sagan, 1931)
Craig's Wife (Dorothy Arzner, 1936)
Olympia (Leni Riefenstahl, 1938)

Meshes In The Afternoon (Maya Deren, 1943) 1/5
Not Wanted (Ida Lupino, 1949)
Bad Girls Go To Hell 3/5
Another Day, Another Man (Doris Wishman, 1966-67)
1/5
Wanda (Barbara Loden, 1970)
A New Leaf (Elaine May, 1971)
The Night Porter (Liliana Cavani, 1974)
Seven Beauties (Lina Wertmueller, 1975)
The Ascent (Larisa Shepitko, 1977)
My Brilliant Career (Gillian Armstrong, 1979)
Chilly Scenes of Winter (Joan Micklin Silver, 1979)
36 Chowringhee Lane (Aparna Sen, 1981)
The Slumber Party Massacre (Amy Holden Jones, 1982)
Boat People (Ann Hui, 1982)
Variety (Bette Gordon, 1983) 2/5
Near Dark (Kathryn Bigelow, 1987)

Kung-fu Master! (Agnes Varda, 1988) 3/5

Salaam Bombay! (Mira Nair, 1988)

Sweetie (Jane Campion, 1989)
Europa, Europa (Agnieszka Holland, 1990)
An Angel At My Table (Jane Campion, 1990) 2/5
Awakenings (Penny Marshall, 1990) 4/5
Point Break (Kathryn Bigelow, 1991)
Proof (Jocelyn Moorhouse, 1991)

Bhaji on the Beach (Gurinder Chadha, 1993)

Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love (Mira Nair, 1996)

I Shot Andy Warhol (Mary Harron, 1996) 3/5
Sudden Manhattan (Adrienne Shelly, 1996)
What’s Cooking? (Gurinder Chadha, 2000)

The Slow Business of Going (Athina Rachel Tsangari, 2000)
The Song of the Lark (Karen Arthur, 2001)
Trouble Every Day (Claire Denis, 2001)
Sugar Sweet (Desiree Lim, 2001) 2/5
The Gleaners and I: 2 Years Later (Agnes Varda, 2002)

Open Hearts (Suzanne Bier, 2002) 5/5

My Life Without Me (Isabel Coixet, 2003)
The Inner/Outer World of Shahrukh Khan (Nasreen Munni Kabir, 2004)

The Quiet (Jamie Babbit, 2005)

Puccini for Beginners (Maria Maggenti, 2006)

Autism Every Day (Lauren Thierry, 2006)
2 Days In Paris (Julie Delpy, 2007)

Caramel (Nadine Labaki, 2007)

Hold Me Tight, Let Me Go (Kim Longinotto, 2007)

Om Shanti Om (Farah Khan, 2007)
 3/5
Jellyfish (Shira Geffen, 2007) 3/5
The Headless Woman (Lucrecia Martel, 2008)

The Wedding Song (Karin Albou, 2008)
 2/5
Good Dick (Marianna Palka, 2008)
Firaaq (Nandita Das, 2008)
Partly Private (Danae Elon, 2009)
Straightlaced (Debra Chasnoff, 2009)
Creative Nonfiction (Lena Dunham, 2009) 2/5
Nothing Personal (Urszula Antoniak, 2009) 2/5
The Tree (Julie Bertuccelli, 2010) 3/5
Cool It (Ondi Timoner, 2010) 4/5
The Tempest (Julie Taymor, 2010)
The Whistleblower (Larysa Kondracki, 2010) 2/5
It’s A Wonderful Afterlife (Gurinder Chandha, 2010)
My Little Princess (Eva Ionesco, 2011) 3/5
Girl Model (Ashley Sabin, 2011)
Higher Ground (Vera Farmiga, 2011)
A Little Bit of Heaven (Nicole Kassell, 2011)
Goodbye First Love (Mia Hansen-Love, 2011)
Take This Waltz (Sarah Polley, 2011)
Tomboy (Celine Sciamma, 2011)
Pariah (Dee Rees, 2011) 4/5
Elles (Malgorzata Szumowska, 2011)
She Monkeys (Lisa Aschan, 2011)
Turn Me On, Dammit (Jannicke Systad Jacobsen, 2011)
Wuthering Heights (Andrea Arnold, 2011) 2/5
The Adopted (Melanie Laurent, 2011)
The Apple Pushers (Mary Mazzio, 2011) 4/5
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Re: The Fairer Film: Female Directors Marathon
« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2012, 12:26:02 AM »
My two favorites are An Angel at My Table (already on your list) and Innocence (one of the few films we have a mutual adoration for).  Some of my other faves, I dunno which ones you've seen:

Jellyfish (Shira Geffen, but co-directed with her husband so I dunno if it fits your parameters)
36 Chowringhee Lane (Aparna Sen, not sure what you'd think of it)
Sita Sings the Blues (Nina Paley... I think you've seen it?)
La Bonheur (Agnes Varda... might be a better selection than Kung-fu Master, but I've never heard anything about that one)
The Hitch-Hiker (Ida Lupino, film noir probably not your thing)
The Loveless (Kathryn Bigelow, although Near Dark and Point Break are probably more up your alley)
Orlando (Sally Potter, I think you'd dig it)
The Milk of Sorrow (Claudia Llosa, has some sexual/gender issues which ought to interest you, but you might find it too slow)


I'm ashamed to say I've only seen 8 on your list, and none of them newer than 1991.
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Re: The Fairer Film: Female Directors Marathon
« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2012, 12:33:58 AM »
I'm ashamed to say I've only seen 8 on your list, and none of them newer than 1991.

Well, that's 8 more than I've seen ;)

Seen Sita (didn't like it), Orlando (didn't like it) and The Milk of Sorrow (didn't like it). I considered Loveless but restricted the marathon to a maximum of two per director (which also rules out La Bonheur...Kung-fu Master was specifically recommended to me)

I liked Mr. and Mrs. Iyer so I'll give 36 Chowringhee Lane a go. Jellyfish sounds good too.
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Re: The Fairer Film: Female Directors Marathon
« Reply #3 on: January 07, 2012, 01:18:31 AM »
Great looking list, Bondo! I've seen only 6 of those - so many others I've wanted to catch up with.  Really looking forward to your write-ups on this marathon.

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Re: The Fairer Film: Female Directors Marathon
« Reply #4 on: January 07, 2012, 01:40:15 AM »
Love the list, Bondo. A few others I'd like to recommend:

Maren Ade : The Forest for the Trees and Everyone Else
Lucrecia Martel: The Headless Woman
Teresa Villaverde: Transe

I can't seem to recall which of the Denis films you've watched already. In general, either sdedalus or roujin should be able to recommend some Ann Hui. Also, have you already watched Elaine May's films?

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Re: The Fairer Film: Female Directors Marathon
« Reply #5 on: January 07, 2012, 01:41:48 AM »
Not me for Ann Hui, that'd have to be roujin.

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Re: The Fairer Film: Female Directors Marathon
« Reply #6 on: January 07, 2012, 01:42:04 AM »
Love the list, Bondo. A few others I'd like to recommend:

Maren Ade : Everyone Else

I second this rec.

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Re: The Fairer Film: Female Directors Marathon
« Reply #7 on: January 07, 2012, 01:55:53 AM »
Love the list, Bondo. A few others I'd like to recommend:

Maren Ade : The Forest for the Trees and Everyone Else
Lucrecia Martel: The Headless Woman
Teresa Villaverde: Transe

I can't seem to recall which of the Denis films you've watched already. In general, either sdedalus or roujin should be able to recommend some Ann Hui. Also, have you already watched Elaine May's films?

Saw Everyone Else; it was fine. The Headless Woman is on the list already :) Ines Efron! I'll look into the other two films.

Only Denis I've seen was 35 Shots of Rum, which I really did not like. Only Elaine May is Ishtar, which I promptly booted from the 80s US bracket.
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Re: The Fairer Film: Female Directors Marathon
« Reply #8 on: January 07, 2012, 02:18:59 AM »
What a wonderful idea and a great list! I refuse to do marathons and get that systematic about my viewing. But I too would like to make an effort to look out for and hightlight more female directors. If we want a change in the gender bias in Hollywood we need to make an effort ourselves.

I'll definitely use this list as a reference point.
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Re: The Fairer Film: Female Directors Marathon
« Reply #9 on: January 07, 2012, 03:09:35 AM »
Julia Loktev (Day Night Day Night)
Marianna Palka (Good Dick)
Adrienne Shelly (Sudden Manhattan, I'll Take You There)
Athina Rachel Tsangari (The Slow Business of Going, Attenberg)

From my Top 10 of 2011, but probably not your thing:
Nanouk Leopold (Brownian Movement)

And two favorite contemporary German directors of mine, but ditto:
Angela Schanelec (Passing Days, Marseille)
Maria Speth (The Days Between, Madonnas)