Films directed by women that you have to know
In this era of a resurgent feminism is important to put the women of cinema in the place that they deserve. Not much people know that the women built Hollywood. Half of the movies before 1925 had female screenwriters. But this not only applied to Hollywood, in fact, you could say that the first female director or directress and head of a studio was a woman. Alice Guy-Blaché, was the first one that create a story with argument (Falling Leaves- 1912). Imagine what would cinema be if that didn´t happen.
Another great example of a female presence was Frances Marion, which was the best paid screenwriter, regardless of gender, for almost 20 years and the only woman in won two Academy Awards.
Screenwriters such as Frances, Adela Roger St Johns, Bess Merdyth or Anita Loos were clear examples that women not only wrote melodramas. But with the arriving of Wall Street, Hollywood started to be seen as a bussiness and as we know, men ocupied the scene and the women were left behind and forgotten by the history of film.
There’s being some advances over the years, but still there’s a huge way to go. Women still have less opportunities than men, especially women of color and trans. But, we, as moviegoers have the chance to give them the audience that they deserve and a good way to start is to see the films directed by women.
THE HEADLESS WOMAN
Directed by Lucrecia Martel.
Directed by Dee Rees
Directed by Céline Sciamma
MARIANNE AND JULIANE
Directed by Margarethe von Trotta.
WENDY AND LUCY
Directed by Kelly Reichdart
Directed by Lone Scherfig
Directed by Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud
Directed by Sydney Freeland
Directed by Anahí Berneri
Directed by Greta Gerwig