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Penny's Picks: 50 Movies by Women Filmmakers Paperback – December 17, 2011
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Women artists and performers are well-known in many of the arts--music, art, film, theatre, literature--so it is a bit of a puzzle why women who write and direct movies have had such a hard time breaking through in Hollywood. Women make up a significant portion (half? more than half?) of moviegoers. This book does not focus specifically on the reasons why women are not fully represented in this art, but the book performs an exceedingly important function by identifying movies that have been created by women screenwriters and directors. The movies reviewed here include the well-known and highly praised--SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE and THE HURT LOCKER and WINTER'S BONE, for instance--as well as less well-known gems, such as FROZEN RIVER or LOOK BOTH WAYS.
I must admit that I did know many of the films mentioned in the book--and some, like THE LIFE AND TIMES OF HANK GREENBERG (one of my favorite documentaries), I had seen without realizing who had written or directed the film. That is another of the pleasures of this book: you will be introduced to an array of superb movies that you have not seen but will want to see.
Jan Lisa Huttner has been a film critic and supporter of women in the arts for many years. Her reviews are crisp, well-written, entertaining, personal, and perceptive. Each piece is worth reading, even if the film is not one that particularly suits your taste.
I can't say enough about how much I've enjoyed this book, or how much I appreciate that such a book now exists. It is terrific.Read more ›
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Great to have a list to follow. Looking forward to the updated version of the book.Published 20 months ago by Deborah M. Alexander
Jan Lisa Huttner has captured the essence of today's women filmmakers in the wonderful compilation of her reviews from 2002 to 2011. Read morePublished on December 23, 2012 by Cyndee Schaffer
This is such a great book to have! Supporting women artists of any medium is so crucial, and witaSwan does wonderful work in raising awareness of these films made by women, the... Read morePublished on December 17, 2012 by j_nivens