women filmmakers

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Re: women filmmakers

Postby john-5 » Tue Apr 08, 2003 3:25 pm

Agnes Varda had most votes in the poll of top 5 films by women conducted by Senses of Cinema (excellent online magazine). Unfortunately it does seem the case that few- if any- female directors have to their credit more than a couple of films generally deemed great.

Perhaps if a poll were to be made of favourite films of international female critics, more women would come to the fore.

The extraordinary, precocious Samira Makhmalbaf seems best placed to build a huge reputation. Iran has had a high percentage of top females; also her aunt/step-mother Marziyeh Meshkini, the poet Forough Farrokzhad, and Rakhshan Bani-Etemad. Perhaps India's Mira Nair (Monsoon Wedding) can continue to develop.

I especially like:

Madchen in Uniform (Sagan), The Ascent (Shepitko), The Silences of the Palace (Tlatli).

The Bulgarian film The Attached Balloon, directed by Binka Zheliazkova, is- in my imagination- the most fascinating and wonderful film ever made, (after Sansho the Bailiff, of course).


Re: women filmmakers

Postby dianem » Fri Jun 13, 2003 2:32 pm

Lina Wertmuller made 3 classics:
Seven Beauties
Swept Away
The Seduction of Mimi
all three starring Giancarlo Giannini, two featuring Mariangela Melato.

Re: women filmmakers

Postby bigpoppa_2059 » Fri Jun 20, 2003 8:01 pm

Lynne Ramsey has only made 3 films, but she is becoming a major figure in cinema and I cannot wait to see her next project. The most important & talented woman IMO is Claire Denis. She is brilliant in every sense of the word. Beau Travail is one of the best films of the past 15 years.


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