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Women Make Film : A New Road Movie through Cinema - deel 7

Mark Cousins / GB, 2018 / 120 min.

Part seven 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.

Life inside Novels are great at describing thoughts, but how do films do so? In this chapter, we see how great directors from France, Ukraine, the UK, America, New Zealand and Algeria used time in their movies.

The meaning of life In the last chapters of our story, we look at the biggest things in life. Here we see how great filmmakers across the world, and from many decades, try to get to the essence of life.

Love Movies soar with love but can be too sentimental because of it. In this chapter, we see great Chinese, Sri Lankan, American, Hungarian, Iranian, New Zealand, French, British, Korean, Turkish and Hong Kong films that avoid the pitfalls.

Death The biggest subject in life, the most universal subject – no wonder that Japan’s Kinuyo Tanaka, Canada’s Caroline Leaf, Spain’s Ana Mariscal, Holland’s Paula Van der Oest and other great filmmakers in this chapter embrace it.

Endings We begin to end our epic road movie with films from Sonja Heiss, Larisa Shepitko, Ida Lupino, Lizzie Borden, Claire Denis and Maya Deren.

Song and dance End with a song, they say, so our story does. Huang Shugin from China, Vera Stroeva from Russia, Scotland’s Margaret Tait, Alice Guy-Blaché, Edith Carlmar, Céline Sciamma, Brazil’s Gilda de Ebreu, America’s Joan Micklin Silver, the great Shirley Clarke, Dorothy Arzner and Beyoncé make music with their films. We conclude our story, our road movie, and end in an unexpected place...

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Women Make Film : A New Road Movie through Cinema - deel 7


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