1001 patriarchs, almost


Haven’t checked all editions of the book, but in mine there are no more than a measly 31 movies directed by 25 women. Here they are – all hail the pioneers:

Chantal Akerman
Leslie Arliss
Gillian Armstrong
Dorothy Arzner
Joy Batchelor
Catherine Breillat
Jane Campion
Vera Chytilova
Shirley Clarke
Claire Denis
Maya Deren
Marguerite Duras
Forugh Farrokhzad
Marleen Gorris
Randa Haines
Amy Heckerling
Agnieszka Holland
Barbara Loden
Ida Lupino
Penny Marshall
Elaine May
Kira Muratova
Mira Nair
Leni Riefenstahl
Agnes Varda

PS. For this post I’ve borrowed an image from The London Feminist Film Festival.

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2 Responses to 1001 patriarchs, almost

  1. tpdandsoon says:

    This is so true. Thanks for pointing this out. I think there are also multiple films for a number of male directors (some of whom should have multiple listings, others not so much) and just one or two from the female directors.

  2. Society – and thus, culture – are still quite far from true equality, but the world of cinema seems even further away than literature, for example.

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