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Women Make Film : A New Road Movie through Cinema - deel 4

Mark Cousins / GB, 2018 / 119 min.

Part four of a vertiginous trip through the history of cinema as seen through the eyes of the greatest of female directors. Our guides are Tilda Swinton, Jane Fonda, Debra Winger, Adjoa Andoh, Kerry Fox, Thandie Newton and Sharmila Tagore. Love, life, humour, politics and death all feature in this epic, 14-hour road journey screened in seven instalments.

poster Women Make Film: A New Road Movie Through Cinema (Mark Cousins, GB 2019)

Mark Cousins strides through the alternative history of cinema, showing almost seven hundred clips from films by 183 female directors, the majority of whom have remained fairly unknown to us.

Bodies Bodies in cinema can be enticing, dancing or brutalised. Jane Fonda narrates this chapter about how the great directors – including Agnes Varda, Andrea Arnold, Iran’s Marva Nabili, Finland’s Pirjo Honkasalo, Marta Meszaros and Poland’s Wanda Jakubowska – have filmed bodies.

Sex From bodies to sex – the most controversial aspect of film. In this chapter Diane Kurys, Lucile Hadzihalilovic, Jamie Babbit, Safi Faye, Athena Rachel Tsangari, Alison DeVere, Carine Adler, Donna Deitch, Miranda July, Lucia Puenzo, Maren Ade, Chantal Akerman and others show the best ways of showing sex on screen.

Home Refuge, shelter, or prison? Sharmila Tagore narrates the story of home on screen in the great films of Edith Carlmar, Lynne Ramsay, Mai Zetterling, Liu Jiay-in, Forough Farrokhzad, Antonia Bird and others.

Religion Narrator Sharmila Tagore takes us on a global tour of great films about religion. We start in America in the 1910s, go to Sri Lanka in the 70s, and dip into the work of Lucrecia Martel, Jessica Hausner and Marjane Satrapi.

Work Work seems too unglamorous for cinema, but as narrator Jane Fonda tells us, in films like American Honey, the silent Russian masterpiece Women of Ryazan, Venezuela’s Araya, Patty Jenkins’ Monster and Mary Harron’s American Psycho, some of the most engrossing scenes show work.

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Women Make Film : A New Road Movie through Cinema - deel 4


119 min.


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