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Re: Good films directed by women

Postby Dave//Eksvplot on Wed Mar 27, 2013 4:28 am

Also, this might go without saying, but one thing that should probably be mentioned in a thread pertaining to women filmmakers is there are many worthwhile films by women (particularly here in America) that will never see the light of day on Netflix or IFC or anywhere outside the relatively small world of "avant-garde" cinema. If you don't live in a city like NYC or Chicago or San Francisco, and you don't attend film festivals that feature "experimental" work, and you don't live near a university that shows these sort of things, your best bet is probably Vimeo. A significant number of "experimental" filmmakers (both male and female) have Vimeo pages. To be honest I don't spend much time there, and since my focus is generally more "narrative"/"art house" than "avant-garde," I'll leave it up to someone else to post recommendations (if s/he is so inclined). But the work is definitely out there, on these here internets, if you look for it.
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Re: Good films directed by women

Postby ::: on Wed Mar 27, 2013 4:42 am

Saute Ma Ville, Chantal Akerman

And while you're watching Maya Deren films, do not skip At Land. Ubuweb has it, and probably YouTube too.
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Re: Good films directed by women

Postby MatthewK on Wed Mar 27, 2013 7:36 am

free meat wrote:Morvern Callar by Lynne Ramsey (of the aforemention Ratcatcher fame)

Perhaps not quite indie or experimental, but her adaptation of We Need to Talk About Kevin is visceral and brilliant. Much better than the book which I found a one-trick-pony.
Kelly Reichardt's Old Joy.
Jane Campion is a pretty formidable director - Sweetie, An Angel at my Table (in no way as trite as the title sounds!), Portrait of a Lady (intense and personal films all, can't stand The Piano sorry)
Cate Shortland - Somersault (a fey character piece not unlike the tone of some of Campion's)
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Re: Good films directed by women

Postby HOUSTON_M on Wed Mar 27, 2013 8:17 am

famousjunkie wrote:I've been watching a ton of movies lately and it's allowed me to get a grasp of the medium I've never had before (meaning I'm coming to like some movies I thought were boring when I was younger and so on).

Anyway, I have an embarrassing lack of female directors in my collection and would love to fix that. Searching Google for top female lists has yielded a lot of big budget stuff, which can be fine, but I'm hoping there is some cool, crazy experimental stuff out there as well.

Any suggestions?


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Re: Good films directed by women

Postby HOUSTON_M on Wed Mar 27, 2013 8:21 am

"Is there a reason that there isn’t a female Hitchcock or a female Scorsese or a female Spielberg? I don’t know. I think it’s a medium that really is built for the male gaze and for a male sensibility."
- Bret Easton Ellis
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Re: Good films directed by women

Postby Dave//Eksvplot on Wed Mar 27, 2013 8:28 am

HOUSTON_M wrote:"Is there a reason that there isn’t a female Hitchcock or a female Scorsese or a female Spielberg? I don’t know. I think it’s a medium that really is built for the male gaze and for a male sensibility."
- Bret Easton Ellis


What fucking horseshit.

You should feel ashamed for typing that.
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Re: Good films directed by women

Postby ::: on Wed Mar 27, 2013 9:41 am

Bret Easton Ellis's best book was a movie directed by Mary Harron. Fuck that guy.
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Re: Good films directed by women

Postby numberthirty on Wed Mar 27, 2013 9:43 am

::: wrote:Bret Easton Ellis's best book was a movie directed by Mary Harron. Fuck that guy.


Ditto.
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Re: Good films directed by women

Postby Angus Jung on Wed Mar 27, 2013 10:51 am

::: wrote:Chantal Akerman

The Criterion set of her 1970's work is all fantastic. All of it.

Never saw an Agnes Varda film that wasn't great.

Jane Campion's Sweetie and especially An Angel At My Table.

Marguerite Duras! Hiroshima, mon amour, motherfuckers!
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Re: Good films directed by women

Postby Isabelle Gall on Wed Mar 27, 2013 10:59 am

Angus Jung wrote:Marguerite Duras! Hiroshima, mon amour, motherfuckers!

Didn't she write the screenplay and Resnais directed? Still awesome either way.

Was Duras involved with any other film? I do love the little I've read by her.
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Re: Good films directed by women

Postby superslacker on Wed Mar 27, 2013 11:02 am

Betty Thomas directed both "Private Parts" and "The Late Shift." The latter being the story of the Leno/Letterman fight for the Tonight Show -really good.
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Re: Good films directed by women

Postby Chromodynamic on Wed Mar 27, 2013 11:03 am

Dave//Eksvplot wrote:
HOUSTON_M wrote:"Is there a reason that there isn’t a female Hitchcock or a female Scorsese or a female Spielberg? I don’t know. I think it’s a medium that really is built for the male gaze and for a male sensibility."
- Bret Easton Ellis


What fucking horseshit.

You should feel ashamed for typing that.
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Re: Good films directed by women

Postby Angus Jung on Wed Mar 27, 2013 11:03 am

Isabelle Gall wrote:
Angus Jung wrote:Marguerite Duras! Hiroshima, mon amour, motherfuckers!

Didn't she write the screenplay and Resnais directed? Still awesome either way.

Yes. Scratch that one. Sorry.
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Re: Good films directed by women

Postby steevzee on Wed Mar 27, 2013 11:16 am

Miranda July has some good stuff.
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Re: Good films directed by women

Postby ::: on Wed Mar 27, 2013 11:29 am

^Can't see the image but I liked M. July's Me and You and Everyone We Know a lot.
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Re: Good films directed by women

Postby punch_the_lion on Wed Mar 27, 2013 11:35 am

Thought Winter's Bone was turgid crap.
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Re: Good films directed by women

Postby HOUSTON_M on Wed Mar 27, 2013 11:40 am

Dave//Eksvplot wrote:
HOUSTON_M wrote:"Is there a reason that there isn’t a female Hitchcock or a female Scorsese or a female Spielberg? I don’t know. I think it’s a medium that really is built for the male gaze and for a male sensibility."
- Bret Easton Ellis


What fucking horseshit.

You should feel ashamed for typing that.


That's why I copied and pasted it.
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Re: Good films directed by women

Postby HOUSTON_M on Wed Mar 27, 2013 11:43 am

Kathryn Bigelow needs to direct Rambo 5.
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Re: Good films directed by women

Postby steevzee on Wed Mar 27, 2013 12:02 pm

Deepa Mehta is generally solid.The Elements trilogy of Earth, Fire, Water are good - and disturbing.
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Re: Good films directed by women

Postby seanurban on Wed Mar 27, 2013 7:21 pm

HOUSTON_M wrote:"Is there a reason that there isn’t a female Hitchcock or a female Scorsese or a female Spielberg? I don’t know. I think it’s an industry that really is built for the male gaze and for a male sensibility."
- some writer

there, fixed it.
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