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on 3 Aug 2012 05:29

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Female Film Directors

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Average listal rating (5 ratings) 7.6  IMDB Rating
1. Alice Guy
(1873-1968)



• Worked as a secretary for a moving picture camera company in Paris
• Set up Solax studios with her husband to make films
• World's first female director, and the first woman to head her own studio
• Directed 30-40 films between 1896-1920
• Awarded the badge of the Legion of Honor by the French government in 1953
• Notable works: The Spring Fairy (1906), The Pit and the Pendulum (1913), Matrimony's Speed Limit (1913), The Lure (1914)

Average listal rating (5 ratings) 5.8  IMDB Rating
2. Dorothy Arzner
(1897-1979)



• Dropped out of medical school and began working at Paramount Pictures
• Impressed Hollywood directors with her work in editing
• While many female directors faded to obscurity after the end of the silent era, Arzner prevailed
• First woman to join the Director's Guild of America
• Invented the boom mike
• Notable works: Christopher Strong (1933), Craig's Wife (1936)

Average listal rating (52 ratings) 7.2  IMDB Rating
3. Ida Lupino
(1916-1995)



• Born into a theatrical family and was an actress herself
• Avoided glamourous "Jean Harlow" parts for more grittier, tough roles
• Moved into directing feature films and television episodes
• Often evoked controversial themes and working-class drama in her work
• Notable works: Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Bewitched, Outrage (1950), The Hitch-Hiker (1953)

Average listal rating (12 ratings) 7.5  IMDB Rating
4. Lina Wertmüller
(1926- )



• First woman to be nominated for Best Director
• Notable works: The Seduction of Mimi (1972), Seven Beauties (1975), A Night Full of Rain (1978)

Average listal rating (14 ratings) 7.4  IMDB Rating
5. Elaine May
(1932- )



• Performed in an improv comedy team with Mike Nichols, that became famous on TV, radio, and Broadway
• Began playwriting, screenwriting, acting in, and eventually directing films
• Notable works: A New Leaf (1971), The Heartbreak Kid (1972), Mikey and Nickey (1978), Ishtar (1987)

Average listal rating (10 ratings) 7  IMDB Rating
6. Martha Coolidge
(1946- )



• First female president of the Director's Guild (2002-2003)
• Notable works: Valley Girl (1983), Real Genius (1985), Rambling Rose (1991)

Average listal rating (65 ratings) 6.1  IMDB Rating
7. Penny Marshall
(1943- )



• First woman to direct a movie that grossed over $100 million
• Notable works: Big (1988), Awakenings (1990), A League of Their Own (1992)

Average listal rating (93 ratings) 5.5  IMDB Rating
8. Nora Ephron
(1941-2012)



• Notable works: When Harry Met Sally... (1989), Sleepless in Seattle (1993), You've Got Mail (1998)

Average listal rating (43 ratings) 7.5  IMDB Rating
9. Jane Campion
(1954- )



• Second woman to be nominated for Best Director
• Notable works: The Piano (1993), The Portrait of a Lady (1996), Bright Star (2009)

Average listal rating (474 ratings) 7.2  IMDB Rating
10. Sofia Coppola
(1971- )



• Third woman (and first American woman) to be nominated for Best Director
• Notable works: The Virgin Suicides (1999), Lost in Translation (2003), Marie Antoinette (2006), Somewhere (2010)

Average listal rating (145 ratings) 7.6  IMDB Rating
11. Kathryn Bigelow
(1951- )



• First female to win the Academy Award for Best Director
• Notable works: Near Dark (1987), The Hurt Locker (2009)

Average listal rating (9 ratings) 8.2  IMDB Rating
12. Kelly Reichardt
(~1965- )



• Notable works: Old Joy (2006), Wendy and Lucy (2008), Meek's Cutoff (2010)

Average listal rating (14 ratings) 7.7  IMDB Rating
13. Lynne Ramsay
(1969- )



• Notable works: Ratcatcher (1999), Morvern Callar (2002), We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011)

Average listal rating (272 ratings) 7.4  IMDB Rating
14. Julie Delpy
(1969- )



• Notable films: 2 Days in Paris (2007), The Countess (2009), 2 Days in New York (2012)


 

A selection of female film directors that I feel are important in contributing to the progression of cinema, from the silent era and beyond. Any and all suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

All facts were garnered from Wikipedia.

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