It’s here at last! Some wonderful participants are going to join me in celebrating women directors from the dawn of cinema to 1970! Do join us on this tour of this forgotten realm of film history.
Flicker Alley is sponsoring this fabulous event in celebration of their new Early Women Filmmakers box set (it will be released May 9, 2017). So come on in, relax and prepare to greatly expand your watchlist for your #52FilmsByWomen project.
And while you’re reading, here is a delicious Lois Weber-inspired sandwich to enjoy:
I will be updating this roster over the course of the event so check back often.
France pioneered many film innovations and they also can claim the very first known woman director, Alice Guy.
An examination of Guy’s religious film, which puts women front and center.
A discussion of Agnes Varda’s examination of self-absorption and identity.
An examination of the first known woman director’s career.
The career of a brilliant feminist filmmaker.
A marriage in crisis, a suicide hoax and live bullets.
Varda’s gorgeous, complicated drama.
Yes, women directed films in the mainstream American film industry! Here are some of them.
A whirlwind tour of Mabel Normand’s surviving works as director.
Arzner directs Joan Crawford in this Golden Age soaper.
Davenport’s long career celebrated; she was more than just Mrs. Wallace Reid.
Mabel Normand’s directing skills were tested in Mabel at the Wheel (1914).
An examination of Weber’s social justice drama about underpaid educators.
Lupino’s desert noir gets its due!
Lupino’s big career on the small screen.
Arzner directs Lucille Ball and Maureen O’Hara in a backstage melodrama.
Weber’s drama has a heaping helping of social issues.
Lupino directs a comedy about mischievous Catholic schoolgirls.
The Wide World
Women filmmakers can be found in almost every industry.
Sagan’s influential drama set in a girls’ school during the last days of the Weimar Republic.
One of the women directors of the Soviet Union gets her due.
Never heard of her? Don’t worry, they’ve got your back!
An examination of the career of Brazil’s forgotten director.
An examination of the Canadian amateur filmmaker and cineaste.
Review of a documentary from an Iranian director.
Meet three women behind the camera in South Korea.
Sound Transition and the Flirty Thirties
Women directors were present in most of the major film industries when sound arrived and they contributed their innovations to the new art.
An examination of Arzner’s final film for Paramount.
Arzner helms Clara Bow’s first talkie.
The Second World War: Before and After
The lead-up and aftermath of WWII included many opportunities and much inspiration for women directors.
An examination of Riefenstahl’s most chilling motion picture.
Larissa Shepitko’s beautiful, melancholy examination of a Soviet pilot’s life after her return from the war.
A celebration of Deren’s unique career.
Women were pioneers and innovators in the field of animation as well– often outside the realm of the standard cel technique.
A celebration of Reiniger’s masterpiece of silhouette animation.
A glorious monochromatic adaptation of the famous Gogol short story.
An overview of Reiniger’s career. (Be sure to hit the translate button if you don’t speak German!)