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Women Make Film : A New Road Movie through Cinema - deel 5

Mark Cousins / GB, 2018 / 117 min.

Part five 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.

Politics Another aspect of everyday life. From silent cinema to the 21 st Century, movies from the visually astonishing The Enchanted Desna to Divorce Iranian Style to Bigelow’s Strange Days have gained their energy and attack from their politics.

Gear Change We like to be taken by surprise in films. This short chapter, narrated by Sharmila Tagore, looks at such surprises.

Comedy Is comedy universal? Who have been the great comedy filmmakers around the world? Narrator Sharmila Tagore talks us through scenes from Big with Tom Hanks, Ida Lupino’s The Trouble With Angels, the great movies of Elaine May, the classic Norwegian comedy Fools on the Hill, and more.

Melodrama A genre as popular as comedy, but what are some of the great scenes in melodrama? Sharmila Tagore narrates a story that takes us from the silent American film Shoes, to Kira Muratova’s brilliant Chekov’s Motifs, to Binka Zhelyazkova’s visually remarkable We Were Young.

Sci-Fi Kathryn Bigelow, the Wachowski siblings, Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman, Lori Petty’s Tank Girl, the TV version of Margaret Atwood’s Handmaid’s Tale. Our look at sci-fi takes us to unusual places, other realms.

Horror & Hell Literal, figurative, political, in Deepa Mehta’s Earth, Samira Makhmalbaf’s Blackboards, Jennifer Kent’s horror masterpiece The Babadook, Joanna Hogg’s squirm-making Archipelago, the Tunisian film The Silences of the Palaces, and more.

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Women Make Film : A New Road Movie through Cinema - deel 5


117 min.


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