Women Directors












The following list focuses on feature-length, fictional films.

For documentary works by women directors, see Documentary Classics videography, or use PATHFINDER to search for works by the name of specific directors.

For experimental and avant- garde works by women filmmakers, see Experimental and Avant-garde Artists, Performers, and Film Makers videograpy.

Women in the Film and TV Industry
Directors A-C
Directors D-J
Directors K-P
Directors Q-Z

Nan Triveni Achnas

The Photograph (Indonesia | France | Netherlands | Sweden | Switzerland, 2007)
Directed by Nan Triveni Achnas. Cast: Lim Kay Tong, Shanty, Lukman Sardi, Indy Barends. Sita is a spirited young woman working to support her family as a singer and prostitute in a local brothel. Always short of funds and bullied by her pimp, she convinces an elderly portrait photographer, Mr. Johan, to rent her a room. The unlikely bond that develops between Sita and Mr. Johan is the basis of this poignant human drama about the profound effect one life can have on another. 97 min. DVD X6055
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Maren Ade

Alle Anderen (Everyone Else) (2009)
Director, Maren Ade. Cast: Birgit Minichmayr, Lars Eidinger, Hans-Jochen Wagner, Nicole Marischka. A young couple's relationship is pushed to the brink while vacationing in the Mediterranean. On the surface, Chris and Gitti appear blissfully in love while enjoying the sun and sand of Sardinia. But as they spend more time together, their silly games and playful teasing begin to unmask hidden fears and desires. When they accidentally run into another, seemingly happier and more successful couple, the tensions between them erupt. Special features: "A summer without Gitti" short film; interviews with cast and crew; deleted scenes; outtakes; theatrical trailer; essay by Mark Peranson, editor of Cinema Scope. 124 min. DVD X5744
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Jones, Kent. "You and Me." Film Comment, Jul/Aug2009, Vol. 45 Issue 4, p38-43, 6p UC users only
Peranson, Mark. "Me, You, & Everyone They Know." Cinema Scope, Fall2009, Issue 40, p6-11, 6p UC users only

Der Wald vor lauter Bäuman (The Forest for the Trees) (Germany, 2003)
Directed by Maren Ade. Cast: Eva Lobau, Daniela Holtz, Jan Neumann. Bursting with idealism, Melanie Proschle, a young teacher from the countryside, starts her first job at a high school in the city; however, things don't go quite as she planned. She had hoped to be a 'fresh breeze' to the school, but her colleagues are annoyed by her new teaching methods. Not only that, Melanie hasn't one friend in her new town. Trying not to get discouraged, she attempts to form a relationship with her neighbor Tina. As Melanie's efforts become more and more desperate, Tina begins to withdraw. Soon Melanie is crossing borderlines and entangling herself in a spiral of lies. 81 min. DVD 6335
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Awards
Sundance Film Festival - Special Jury Prize World Cinema, Dramatic

Yasmin Ahmad

Anxiety (Gubra) (Malaysia, 2006)
Created by Yasmin Ahmad. Cast: Sharifah Amani Yahya, Adlin Aman Ramlie, Alan Yun, Ng Choo Seong. Gubra [Anxiety] tells a story of love and forgiveness, its possibilities and the hopes it brings. Essentially there are two stories which parallel each other, the first is the continuation of Orked's (Sepet's protagonist) life while the second tells the story of a muezzin; Pak Bilal Li and his efforts to assist two prostitutes in finding redemption for themselves and their families. 140 min. DVD X3643
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The Convert (Muallaf) (Malaysia, 2008)
Directed by Yasmin Ahmad. Cast: Brian Yap, Tony Savarimuthu, Sharifah Amani Syed Zainal Rashid, Sharifah Aleysha Syed Zainal Rashi, Dato' Rahim Razali, Yeo Yanin Yann. Two Malaysian sisters, Rohani and Rohana, run away from home to escape their wealthy father's mistreatment. They find refuge in a small town where they get to know Brian Goh, a young Catholic school teacher. Brian is irresistibly attracted to the two girls. Impressed by their extraordinary courage in the face of adversity, their relationship forces him to confront the ghosts of his own childhood. Director Yasmin Ahmad explores the possibilities of emotional survival traumatised by loved ones. Through the wanderings of three lost souls who band together and console one another, Muallaf celebrates friendship, forgiveness, and the coming to terms with the past. 80 min. DVD X3645
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Chantal Akerman

Chantal Akerman bibliography

Les Années 80 (The Eighties) (Belgium / France, 1983)
Director, Chantal Akerman. Cast: Aurore Clement, Lio, Magali Noel, Pascale Salkin. The Eighties is a film about a musical in the making. It provides insights into behind-the-scenes drama and, at the same time, is a preview of Akerman's forthcoming shopping mall musical, "Window Shopping." 82 min. 999:3597
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De l'autre côté(France / Belgium / Australia / Finland, 2002)
Through images and interviews with Mexicans and American law enforcement officers, this film examines the plight of poor Mexicans who try to emigrate to the United States illegally in hope of a better life. The use of cutting edge technology has stemmed the influx of illegal immigration in San Diego so now immigrants trek the mountains and deserts of Arizona to avoid detection, a much more dangerous route on which many have died. 99 min. Video/C 9303
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La Captive (France / Belgium, 2000)
Directed by Chantal Akerman. Cast: Stanislas Merhar, Sylvie Testud, Olivia Bonamy, Liliane Rovere, Aurore Clement. Simon is obsessed with Ariane and keeps her as his willing captive. She tolerates his elaborate desires, his endless interrogations and surveillance. Still Ariane is able to maintain her own reserve of privacy, her own mental and physical freedom. Although often affectionate to Simon, Ariane prefers women and so leads a double life. But this only magnifies Simon's pain until his obsessive desires culminate in devastation and tragedy. 118 min. DVD 2321
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La chambre(1972)
In this experimental short film the furniture and clutter of one small apartment room becomes the subject of a moving still life. 11 min. DVD X2624

D'Est (Belgium / France / Portugal, 1993)
Directed by Chantal Akerman. Filmmaker Akerman makes a voyage from East Germany, across Poland and the Baltics, to Moscow, shortly after the collapse of the Soviet Bloc. Without dialogue or commentary, but with a soundtrack rich in the noises and voices of these lands, the film is composed of faces, landscapes, cities and ordinary lives -- fascinating and unforgettable. 110 min. DVD X2303
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Hôtel Monterey (Belgium / USA, 1974)
Shorter works directed by Chantal Akerman. Hôtel Monterey: A stark, silent look at a New York pension hotel. J'ai faim, j'ai froid (I'm hungry, I'm cold): Two young Belgian girls run away from their home in Brussels. They spend a day and an evening in Paris looking for food and love, with comic and poignant results. Saute ma ville: A young woman comes home to her apartment in Brussels, where she cooks pasta and seals herself in with duct tape. The story ends with a bang. Akerman's first film made at the age of 18. 89 min. DVD X2624; also DVD 8267; vhs 999:980
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J'ai faim, j'ai froid (I'm Hungry, I'm Cold; in: Akermania. Volume one) (France, 1984)
Shorter works directed by Chantal Akerman. J'ai faim, j'ai froid (I'm hungry, I'm cold): Two young Belgian girls run away from their home in Brussels. They spend a day and an evening in Paris looking for food and love, with comic and poignant results. Hôtel Monterey: A stark, silent look at a New York pension hotel. Saute ma ville: A young woman comes home to her apartment in Brussels, where she cooks pasta and seals herself in with duct tape. The story ends with a bang. Akerman's first film made at the age of 18. 89 min. 999:980
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Je, Tu, Il, Elle (I, you, he, she) (France / Belgium, 1974)
Directed by Chantal Akerman. Julie stays in a virtually bare room writing a long love letter, with which she becomes increasingly frustrated. She hitchhikes along the Brussels highway, where she is picked up by a truck driver. Arriving at the apartment of her former lesbian lover, Julie spends the night but silently leaves the apartment next morning. 90 min. DVD X2625; also DVD 513; VHS 999:926
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Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (France / Belgium, 1975)
Directed by Chantal Akerman. Cast: Delphine Seyrig, Jan Decorte, Henri Storck. Chronicles mundane episodes from the daily life of a 40-year-old housewife/prostitute who snaps when faced with intense emotion and commits a horrifying crime. 85 min. DVD 8267
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News From Home (France / Belgium / West Germany, 1977)
Director, Chantal Akerman.Presents a series of abstract and fragmentary images of everyday urban life in 1970s New York City, accompanied by the distinctive narration of filmmaker Chantal Akerman as she dispassionately reads through her mother's alternately affectionate, melancholic, and sincere, but maternally manipulative letters from her native Belgium. 90 min. DVD X2624; also DVD 8267
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Nuit et jour (Night and Day) (France / Belgium / Switzerland, 1985 )
Director, Chantal Akerman. Cast: Guilaine Londez, Thomas Langmann, François Negret. Story of a summer in Paris and three young people. Jack drives a taxi at night, and his days are spent with Julie. When he introduces her to a friend, a young man who drives a taxi during the day, complications arise. 90 min. 999:3596
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Les rendez-vous d'Anna (France / Belgium / West Germany, 1978)
Director, Chantal Akerman. Cast: Aurore Clement, Helmut Griem, Magali Noel, Hanns Zischler. An independent woman film-maker journeys through Germany, Belgium, and France, meeting a stream of friends, lovers, relatives, and strangers, and passing through alienating landscapes of anonymous hotel rooms, train stations, and cinemas. Special features: Entretien avec Babette Mangolte (2007; 31 min. : sd., col.); Entretien avec ma m?ere, Natalia Akerman (2007; 28 min. : sd., col.); Entretien avec Aurore Clement (2007; 18 min. : sd., col.) 122 min. DVD X2626; also DVD 8267
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Saute ma ville (Blow Up My Town; in: Akermania. Volume one ) (Belgium, 1968)
Shorter works directed by Chantal Akerman. Saute ma ville: A young woman comes home to her apartment in Brussels, where she cooks pasta and seals herself in with duct tape. The story ends with a bang. Akerman's first film made at the age of 18. J'ai faim, j'ai froid (I'm hungry, I'm cold): Two young Belgian girls run away from their home in Brussels. They spend a day and an evening in Paris looking for food and love, with comic and poignant results. Hôtel Monterey: A stark, silent look at a New York pension hotel. 89 min. 999:980
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Toute une nuit (A whole night)(France / Belgium, 1982)
Directed by Chantal Akerman. Cast: Véronique Alain, Natalia Akerman, Paul Allio, Jacques Bauduin, Nicole Colchat. Following over two dozen different people in the almost wordless atmosphere of a dark night in a Brussels town, Akerman examines acception and rejection in the realm of romance as characters meet and embrace, dance and split up, yank each other into cabs, or simply watch everyone else in the throes of passion. 90 min. Video/C 999:3870
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Documentaries by Akerman

De l'autre cote
Through images and interviews with Mexicans and American law enforcement officers, this film examines the plight of poor Mexicans who try to emigrate to the United States illegally in hope of a better life. The use of cutting edge technology has stemmed the influx of illegal immigration in San Diego so now immigrants trek the mountains and deserts of Arizona to avoid detection, a much more dangerous route on which many have died. 2002. 99 min. Video/C 9303

About:

Autour de Jeanne Dielman
Special feature: Entretien avec Chantal Akerman (1966; 17 min. : sd., col.) An unpublished documentary on the filming of "Jeanne Dielman" mounted by Chantal Akerman and Agnes Ravez and filmed throughout the shooting by Sami Frey. Looks at the relationships during rehearsals between Delphine Seyrig, Chantal Akerman and the team, almost exclusively female. 78 min. DVD 8267

Chambre 666
Featuring Chantal Akerman, Michelangelo Antonioni, Maroun Bagdadi, Ana Carolina, Mike De Leon, Jonathan Demme, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Jean-Luc Godard, Romain Goupil, Yilmaz Guney, Monte Hellman, Werner Herzog, Robert Kramer, Paul Morrissey, Susan Seidelman, Noel Simsolo, Steven Spielberg, Wim Wenders. In 1982 Wim Wenders asks a number of film directors from around the world to, in a room alone with camera and sound recorder, answer a simple question: "What is the future of cinema?" 46 min. DVD 6938

Chantal Akerman par Chantal Akerman
Part one opens with Akerman in her apartment describing the problems she encountered making this film. What emerges is a thoughful confession from this extremely perceptive filmmaker. Part two lets Akerman's films speak for her, taking clips from her extensive filmography including forays into experimental film, comedic shorts, musicals, narrative features -- including an early short that stars a very young Chantal. 1996. 64 min. Video/C 8314

Akerman bibliography

First Run/Icarus catalog description

The New Cinema. Part 1
The process of making a film, from original conception to actualization of the final film, is explored in interviews with thirteen of the world's most adventurous and prolific independent filmmakers. Examines the pain and practicalities of independent filmmaking, how these filmmakers view their work and their place in the world, and how their ideas and thematics give meaning to the term, new cinema. Includes excerpts from their films. Featuring: Wim Wenders, Robert Young, Robert Frank, Les Blank, Mary Ellen Bute, Charlie Ahearn, Chantal Akerman, Michael Snow, Johan van der Keuken, Werner Schroeter, Paul Morrissey, Curt McDowell, Ron Mann. Narrator: Belva Webb. Dist. Cinema Guild. 1984. 51 min. Video/C 5106

Rachel Amodeo

What About Me? (1993)
Directed by Rachel Amodeo. Cast: Rachel Amodeo ; Richard Edson ; Richard Hell ; Nick Zedd. Portrays the gradual deterioration of Lisa Napolitano, a young women forced to exist on the streets, intermingling with the outcasts of society. Along the way she encounters a shell-shocked Vietnam veteran, Nick, a nihilistic East Villager, Tom, and a sympathetic good Samaritan, Paul. Filmed in black and white on location in Tompkins Square Park and the Lower East Side. The soundtrack includes music by Johnny Thunders.90 min. DVD X6338
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Allison Anders

Border Radio (1987)
Directed by Allison Anders, Dean Lent, Kurt Voss. Cast: Chris D., Luanna Anders, Chris Shearer, John Doe. Jeff Bailey (Chris D. of the Flesh Eaters) steals money from a man named Skelley who sends three hip thugs to collect. Jeff hightails it for Mexico, leaving wife Luanna in the lurch. His bandmate, Dean (X's John Doe), flaky roadie Chris, and Luanna spend the rest of the film trying to track him down. Includes music by Los Lobos and Green on Red. Special features: optional audio commentary by Allison Anders & Voss; optional audio commentary by Luanna Anders, Alvin, Chris D., Doe & Shearer; "The making of 'Border radio'" featurette (2002, 15 min.); 9 deleted scenes (23 min.); theatrical trailer; radio spot; "Echo Park" stills gallery; bios (Allison Anders, Lent, Voss, Alvin, Luanna Anders, Chris D., Doe, Shearer); music video (Flesh Eaters' "The Wedding Dice"). 83 min. DVD X3442
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Mi Vida Loca (My Crazy Life) (1994)
Directed by Allison Anders. Cast: Angel Aviles, Seidy Lopez, Jacob Vargas, Panchito Gomez, Jesse Borrego. The members of rival Latino gangs in Los Angeles are feuding, and the girl friends are trying to stay out of the struggle for power and survive. 96 min. DVD 6698; vhs 999:1334
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Gregory Nava & Allison Anders.
A segment from a TV series offering a behind-the-scenes look into the creative process of independent filmmaking. The first episode features film critic and journalist, Michael Fox in conversation with Mexican-American filmmaker Gregory Nava, who's films focus on cross-cultural issues and themes of struggles within immigrant life in the United States as portrayed in "Confessions of Amans, El Norte, Mi Familia, Selena, and American tapestry." In part two director and screenwriter Allison Anders chats about her commitment to telling women's stories in her films "Mi vida loca, Four rooms, Sugar town, Gas food lodging, Border radio." Video/C MM102

TV Programs

Sex & the City: The Big Time (DVD 1918); Drama Queens (DVD 1918); La Douleur Exquise! (DVD 997 ); The Caste System (DVD 997)

Suzana Amaral

Hour of the Star (A Hora da Estrela) (Brazil,1986)
Directed by Suzana Amaral. A young woman from the countryside of northeast Brazil moves to the sprawling city of San Paolo. Her doomed quest for success amid the desperate poverty around her is tempered by the happiness she finds in her fantasies. Based on the novel by Clarice Lispector (Main Stack PQ9697.L585.H67131 1986]; Moffitt PQ9697.L585.H6713 1992.) 90 min. DVD 4300; vhs 999:1340
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Eleanor Antin

Man Without a World (1994)
Directed by Eleanor Antin. Cast: Pier Marton, Christine Berry, Anna Henriques, Eleanor Antin. A contemporary vision of an imagined 1928 Yiddish movie set in an Eastern European shtetl in pre-World War II. A young Jewish couple's romance is doomed by the arrival of a gypsy troupe and its sultry dancer. This dark comic melodrama encompasses the full cycle of life including abduction, seduction, dybbuks, exorcism, weddings and pograms. 98 min. Video/C 999:3717
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Alisa Lebow. "Strategic Sentimentality: Nostalgia and the Work of Eleanor Antin." Camera Obscura. 2007. p. 129 UC users only
Skoller, Jeffrey. "The Man Without a World." Film Quarterly, Vol. 49, No. 1 (Autumn, 1995), pp. 28-32 UC users only

Louise Archambault

Familia (Family) (Canada, 2005)
Directed by Louise Archambault. Cast: Cast: Sylvie Moreau, Macha Grenon, Mylene St-Sauveur, Juliette Gosselin, Vincent Graton. Mimi, a divorced aerobics instructor, who's up to her ears in debt, leaves Montreal with her 14-year-old daughter and moves in with her childhood friend, Janine. Mimi's rebellious teenage daughter and Janine's shy daughter become friends, leading to unforseen tensions that force both generations to reassess their values. 102 min. DVD 6322
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Gillian Armstrong

Collins, Felicity. The films of Gillian Armstrong / by Felicity Collins. St Kilda, Vic. : Australian Teachers of Media in association with Australian Film Institute Research and Information Centre and Deakin University School of Visual, Performing and Media Arts, 1999. (Pacific Film Archive PN1998.3.A78 C65 1999)
Edelman, Rob; Felperin, Leslie. "Armstong, Gillian." In: St. James Women Filmmakers Encyclopedia, 1999, p21-24, 4p UC users only
McFarlane, Brian. "Her Brilliant Career: Gillian Armstrong on Four Decades of Filmmaking." Metro, Mar2008, Issue 156, p16-21, 6p UC users only

Charlotte Gray (UK | Australia | Germany, 2001)
Director, Gillian Armstrong. Cast: Cate Blanchett, Billy Crudup, Michael Gambon, Rupert Penry Jones, Anton Lesser, James Fleet, Ron Cook. Its World War II and Charlotte has been trained to be an undercover courier for England. She straps on a parachute and falls from the sky into Vichy France. There she will assist the French Resistance in its defiance of Nazi occupation. Once behind enemy lines, she keeps secret her personal mission to find her lover, an RAF pilot downed over France. Based on the book by Sebastian Faulks. Special features: commentary by director Gillian Armstrong; relive the era's excitement with 2 documentaries: "A village revisits history" and "Living through wartime" (featuring Cate Blanchett and director Gillian Armstrong); theatrical trailer; cast/crew film highlights. 121 min. DVD X6293
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Little Women (1994)
Directed by Gillian Armstrong. Cast: Winona Ryder, Gabriel Byrne, Trini Alvarado, Samantha Mathis, Chris Kirsten-Durst, Claire Danes, Christian Bale, Eric Stoltz, Susan Sarandon, Mary Wickes. Story of four sisters growing up together in Massachusetts during the Civil War. As the years pass they share some of their most cherished and painful moments of self-discovery as they become women. Based on the novel by Louisa May Alcott. 119 min. DVD 8424; vhs Video/C 999:1355
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The Last Days Chez Nous (1991)
Directed by Gillian Armstrong. Cast: Lisa Harrow, Bruno Ganz, Kerry Fox, Miranda Otto, Kiri Paramore, Bill Hunter. Beth, a successful writer of great energy and humour lives with her French husband, daughter by her first marriage and a lodger in an inner-city home known as Chez Nous. Despite tension, everyone gets along until the return from overseas of Beth's much younger sister. 86 min. DVD X6603
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Mrs. Soffel (1984)
Directed by Gillian Armstrong. Cast: Diane Keaton, Mel Gibson, Matthew Modine, Edward Herrmann. A prison warden's wife, delivering Bibles to prisoners, falls in love with one of two prisoner brothers and helps them to escape. Based on true events occurring in 1901 Pittsburgh. 112 min. DVD 1218
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My Brilliant Career (Australia, 1979)
Directed by Gillian Armstrong. Cast: Judy Davis, Sam Neill, Wendy Hughes, Robert Grubb, Max Cullen, Aileen Britton, Peter Whitford, Patricia Kennedy. Sybylla Melvyn struggles with the conflicts that we all have between ambition, family, love, and guilt in a most remarkable manner. Sybylla grows to understand that life is a series of trade-offs, and that no one can have it all, and that no one can please everyone. Simple yet universal themes told with charm, wit, and vulnerability. 100 min. DVD 4025
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Star Struck (Australia, 1982)
Directed by Gillian Armstrong. Cast: Jo Kennedy, Ross O'Donovan, Margo Lee, Max Cullen, Pat Evison, John O'May, Ned Lander. Jackie Mullins rises from obscurity to win a rock contest at the Sydney Opera House. Her success unites the world of her ambitions and New Wave rock and the world of working class life in the Sydney Rocks where she works as a barmaid. This is an original blend of 'backstage' musical and working class comedy inflected by a popular feminism which displaces masculinity from the centre of Australianess as expressed in the rocker comedy. 94 min. DVD X6153
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Andrea Arnold

Fish Tank (UK | Netherlands, 2009)
Directed by Andrea Arnold. Cast: Katie Jarvis, Michael Fassbender, Kierston Wareing, Rebecca Griffiths, Carrie-Ann Savill, Toyin Ogidi, Grant Wild, Sarah Bayes. Fifteen-year-old Mia Williams is at war with the world. She's been kicked out of school and spends her days drinking and dancing to hip-hop tunes in an abandoned apartment. Music feels like Mia's only escape from feuding with her sister and scornful mother. 123 min. DVD X4885
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Awards

British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards - Outstanding British Film
Cannes Film Festival - Jury Prize
London Critics Circle Film Awards - British Film of the Year; British Director of the Year; Young British Performer of the Year (Katie Jarvis); British Supporting Actor of the Year (Michael Fassbender)

Red Road (UK | Denmark, 2006)
Directed by Andrea Arnold. Cast: Kate Dickie, Tony Curran, Martin Compston, Nathalie Press, Andrew Armour. Jackie works as a CCTV operator. Each day she watches over a small part of the world, protecting the people living their lives under her gaze. One day a man appears on her monitor, a man she thought she would never see again, a man she never wanted to see again. Now she has no choice, she is compelled to confront him. 110 min. DVD X2534
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Dorothy Arzner

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The Bride Wore Red (1937)
Directed by Dorothy Arzner. Cast: Joan Crawford; Franchot Tone; Robert Young; Ferenc Molnár, An Italian count, seeking to prove that social position is a matter of luck, sends a struggling nightclub singer to a luxury resort to masquerade as a wealthy lady. 103 min. 999:3453
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Christopher Strong (1933)
Directed by Dorothy Arzner. Cast: Greta Garbo, Robert Taylor, Lionel Barrymore, Elizabeth Allan, Jessie Ralph, Henry Daniell. A French courtesan with a passion for life and romance sacrifices her happiness to prove her love for a young man whose family disapproves of their relationship. Based on a novel by Gilbert Frankau. 77 min. DVD X2466; vhs 999:3792
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Durham, Carolyn A. "Missing Masculinity or Cherchez L'Homme: Re-Reading Dorothy Arzner's Christopher Strong." Quarterly Review of Film and Video, vol. 18, no. 1, pp. 63-70, Winter 2001 UC users only
Suter, Jacquelyn. "Feminine Discourse in Christopher Strong." Camera Obscura, Summer79 Issue 3/4, p135-150, 16p

Craig's Wife (1936)
Directed by Dorothy Arzner. Cast: Rosalind Russell, John Boles, Billie Burke, Jane Darwell, Dorothy Wilson, Alma Kruger, Thomas Mitchell. A heartless woman marries a good and simple man only for the security he can bring to her. Her obsessive, narrow-minded search for perfection eventually immerses her in the loneliness she has plotted for herself. 75 min. 999:3873
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Dance, Girl, Dance(1940)
Directed by Dorothy Arzner. Cast: Maureen O'Hara, Louis Hayward, Lucille Ball, Virginia Field, Ralph Bellamy, Mary Carlisle, Katharine Alexander, Edward Brophy, Walter Abel, Harold Huber, Maria Ouspenskaya. Bubbles loves to dance. But she also likes to eat. Her friend Judy may choose to suffer for her art, but not Bubbles. She swaps her ballet shoes for a G-string-- and turns patrons' fantasies into dollars as burlesque sensation Tiger Lily White. Vintage comedy short "Just a cute kid"; classic cartoon "Malibu Beach party." 89 min. DVD 8232
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Kay, Karyn "Dorothy Arzner's Dance, Girl, Dance." The Velvet Light Trap 10 (Fall 1973) Issue p. 26 UC users only

Merrily We Go to Hell (1932)
Directed by Dorothy Arzner. Cast: Sylvia Sidney, Fredric March, Adrianne Allen, Richard Gallagher, George Irving, Cary Grant. Jerry Corbett finally meets and marries Joan Prentiss, the right girl. Unfortunately their wedded bliss is interrupted when Jerry's play becomes a hit and he hooks up with the wrong woman from his past. Joan decides that turn-about is fair play and she picks Charlie to escort her to various parties around New York. Eventually Jerry quits drinking and sends his girlfriend packing, just in time for Joan to take him back. Merrily we go to Hell violated the Production Codes strictures against scenes of drunken parties, clinging Travis Banton gowns and Art Deco settings. 84 min. DVD X1621
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The Red Kimono (1925) Directed by Walter Lang. DVD 9795; vhs 999:2657

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HerStory
Ally Acker presents an archival journey from 1896 to the present of the pioneering female filmmakers who transformed the movies and challenged the industry. Using rare clips and interviews she recounts a ground-breaking herstory of Hollywood directors, screenwriters, producers, editors and executives left out of the history books. Featuring: Lillian Gish, Sherry Lansing, Ida Lupino, Euzhan Palcy, June Mathis, Lenore Coffee, Grace Cunard, Mary Pickford, Alice Guy Blache, Lois Weber, Dorothy Arzner, Nell Shipman, Frances Marion, Anita Loos, Mae West, Virginia Van Upp, Maya Deren, Germaine Dulac, Elaine May, Claudia Weill, Susan Seidelman, Sherry Lansing, Dede Allen. Based on the book: Reel Women: Pioneers of the Cinema, 1896 to the Present by Ally Acker (Main Stack PN1998.2.A24 1991) 1993. 55 min. Video/C 9416

The Silent Feminists: America's First Women Directors
Unbeknownst to many, women have been directing feature films since the silent era of the American film industry. Such directors as Lois Weber, Frances Marion, Dorothy Arzner, Kathlyn Williams and Alice Guy Blache were a significant presence in the early days of Hollywood. Utilizing film clips, rare photos and interviews with survivors of the era, this documentary pays fond tribute to these pioneers. Dist.: Direct Cinema. c1993. 45 min. Video/C 8986

Mari Asato

The Boy From Hell (Jigoku kozô) (2004)
Directed by Mari Asato. Cast: Mirai Yamamoto, Mitsuru Akaboshi, Kanji Tsuda. A mysterious old woman appears before Setsu, who has recently lost her only child in a tragic accident. She says she can bring Setsu's son, Daio back to life. After agreeing to this sinister proposal, Daio returns to his mother, but to Setsu's horror, he is half decomposed and inhuman. To make him human again, he needs fresh human organs. Setsu does everything she can to reincarnate her son, but Daio just turns into a different kind of monster. No one can stop him as he continues to feed his hunger, claiming victim after victim. Based on the horror comic strips of Hideshi Hino. 50 min. DVD 6796
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Amma Asante

A Way of Life (UK, 2004)
Directed by Amma Asante. Cast: Imelda Staunton, Phil Davis, Peter Wight, Alex Kelly, Daniel Mays, Adrian Scarborough, Heather Craney, Eddie Marsan, Ruth Sheen, Sally Hawkins, Fenella Woolgar, Lesley Sharp, Anthony O'Donnell, Jim Broadbent. Vera Drake tells of a woman in 1950s England who is devoted to caring for her family, but secretly aids women who want to terminate unwanted pregnancies. When the authorities find her out, Vera's world and family life rapidly unravel. 88 min. DVD X6423
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Korinna Avraamidou

The Last Homecoming (O teleftaios gyrismos)(Cyprus, 2008)
Director, Korinna Avraamidou. Cast: Stavros Louras, Popi Avraam, Dimitris Xistras, Christopher Greco. Alexandra and Orestes are a young couple who decide to spend the summer holidays in the picture-perfect seaside town on Cyprus with Orestes' family. Phaedra, the mother of Orestes, decides to stage a play with the help of family and townspeople. When Orestes' brother and Phaedra's old lover enter the scene, tensions begin to mount, relationships are tested, and love and betrayal are all on the program. 85 min. DVD X2198
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Jamie Babbit

But I'm a Cheerleader (1999)
Directed by Jamie Babbit. Cast: Natasha Lyonne, Clea DuVall, RuPaul Charles, Cathy Moriarty, Melanie Linsky, Eddie Cibrian, Wesley Mann, Richard Moll, Douglas Spain, Katharine Towne, Mink Stole, Bud Cort. Megan's super normal suburban existence is filled with friends, pom-poms and rah-rah enthusiasm until her parents suspect that she may, in fact, be showing deviant tendencies. 86 min. DVD 556
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Yamina Bachir

Rachida (Algeria / France, 2002)
Director, Yamina Bachir. Cast: Ibtissem Djouadi, Bahia Rachedi, Rachida Messadouen, Zaki Boulenafed, Amel Chouikh, Abdelkader Belmokadem. Rachida lives and teaches in an old neighborhood in Algeria. Like most Algerians, she thinks she is far removed from the bloody conflict the country is in, until one day she is attacked by a terrorist group. The terrorists ask her to plant a bomb in her school. After refusing, they shoot her in cold blood. Miraculously, she lives and seeks refuge in a neighboring village. 100 min. DVD 8058
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Chevallier, Jacques; Hurst, Heike. " Rencontre avec Yamina Bachir-Chouikh." Jeune Cinema, Feb 2003, Issue 280, p33-35, 3p
Serceau, Michel. "L'Algérie, les femmes, le terrorisme: sur deux films algériens récents, Le harem de Mme Osmane et L'autre monde." CinemAction; 2004 Issue 111, p146-151, 6p

Pascale Bailly

God Is Great and I'm Not (Dieu est grand, je suis toute petite) (France, 2001)
Directed by Pascale Bailly. Cast: Audrey Tautou, Edouard Baer, Julie Depardieu, Atman Kelif, Catherine Jacob, Philippe Laudenbach, Mathieu Demy. Twenty-year-old model Michele's search for happiness gives new meaning to religious fervor as she enthusiastically jumps from Catholicism, Buddhism and finally attempts to convert to Judaism after meeting a handsome Jewish veterinarian. 95 min. DVD X3074
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Ruth Ann Baldwin

Cooper, Mark Garrett. "Studio History Revisited: The Case of the Universal Women." Quarterly Review of Film & Video; Jan2008, Vol. 25 Issue 1, p16-36, 21p UC users only

'49-'17 (1917)
Director, Ruth Ann Baldwin. Cast: Joseph Girard, Leo Pierson, William J. Dyer, George Raroe, Donna Drew, Jean Hersholt. A charming and suspenseful western parody about a millionaire who hires a wild west theatrical troupe to relive his past as a miner forty niner. 63 min. DVD 9796; vhs Video/C 999:2658
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Marta Balletbò

Costa Brava: (Family Album) (Spain, 1995)
Directed by Marta Balletbò-Coll. Cast: Marta Balletbò-Coll, Desi del Valle, Montserrat Gausachs, Josef Maria Brugues, Ramon Mari, Sergi Schaaff. Anna lives in Barcelona where she works as a tour guide to pay the bills. Her dream is to perform her monologue, Love thy neighbor, on tour with Another Stage, a gay and lesbian theatre company based in San Francisco. On one of her tours she meets Montserrat, a Jewish seismic engineer, and their adventures and misadventures shape this romantic comedy. 92 min. 999:3766
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Rakhshan Bani-etemad (Bani Etemad)

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The May Lady (Banu-yi Urdibihisht) (Iran, 2002)
Directed by Rakhshan Bani Etemad. Cast: Minoo Farshchi, Mani Kasraian, Golab Adineh, Atefeh Razavi, Nayereh Farahani. A successful Iranian documentary filmmaker lives with her teenage son. Her family life is beset with problems, which become more complicated when she meets a man. At the same time, she is making a film on exemplary mothers, she finds that finishing the film might provide answers for her personal life. 86 min. DVD 3480
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Nargess (Iran, 1992)
Director, Rakhshan Bani-etemad. The tale of a tragic love triangle, notable for its exceptionally honest look at characters who live outside strict Islamic law. Afagh, is in danger of losing her rakish young lover, Adel. Then Adel meets Nargess, the angelic daughter of a poor family, and resolves to go straight after one last burglary. 100 min. 999:308
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Under the Skin of the City (Zir-e poost-e shahr) (Iran, 2001)
Director, Rakhshan Bani-Etemad. Cast: Golab Adineh, Mohammad Reaz Forutan, Baran Kosari, Ebrahin Sheibani, Mohsen Ghazi Moradi, Mehraveh Sharifinia, Homeira Riazi, Ali Osivand, Mehrdad Falahatger. Tuba ia a factory worker and the matriarch of a raucous family. Her older daughter is pregnant and married to an abusive husband. The younger daughter is a high school student and is consumed with worry over a neighbor girl who suffers abuse at the hands of her father. Yuba's youngest son is caught up in political radicalism and is in danger of derailing his college aspirations. Her older son, Abbas wants to move to Japan to help support the family. After losing all his money in a scam, Abbas' desperation gets the better of his judgement and he becomes involved in a drug deal that nearly costs him his life. 90 min. 999:1713
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Tracz, Tamara. "Home Is Where the Heart Is: Rakshan Bani-Etemad's Under the Skin of the City." Senses of Cinema: An Online Film Journal Devoted to the Serious and Eclectic Discussion of Cinema, vol. 21, pp. (no pagination), July 2002

Neema Barnette

Civil Brand (2002)
Directed by Neema Barnette. Cast: LisaRaye, N'Bushe Wright, Monica Calhoun, Clifton Powell, Mos Def, Tachina [i.e., Tichina] Arnold, Lark Voorhies, Reed McCants, MC Lyte, Da Brat. Frances Shepherd has been sent to the "pen" for killing her abusive husband. After being abused, violated and persecuted by the prison warden, the women from the cellblock rise up and revolt against the injustices of the penitentiary and the "new plantation" workplace that harvests human labor for big-time profit. 91 min. DVD X3358
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Ana Belén

Como Ser Mujer y no Morir en el Intento (Spain, 1991)
Director, Ana Belén. Examines the complexities of Carmen's life, who at 42 is married to her third husband, Antonio, and has two children from previous marriages. She tries to carry on her professional career, without neglecting her relationship with Antonio, the house, her friends, or the emotional needs of the children. In Spanish without subtitles. 86 min. DVD X6368; vhs 999:3556
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Ayelet Bargur

As If Nothing Happened (Ke'Ilu klum lo kara) (Israel, 1999)
Directed by Ayelet Bargur. Cast: Assaf Dayan, Rivka Neuman, Sivan Shavit. Lt. Ziv Gonan is returning to his Israeli army base from weekend leave. As he waits at the Beit Lid bus stop, a bomb explodes killing 18 people and wounding 62 others. Ziv's family hears of the bombing and agonizingly waits to hear what happened to him. 49 min. 999:3740
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Maria Luisa Bemberg

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Camila. (Argentina, 1984)
Directed by María-Luisa Bemberg. Recounts the true story of a young Catholic socialite from Buenos Aires, Camila O'Gorman, who falls in love and runs away with a young Jesuit priest, Ladislao Gutierrez, in 1847. Eventually they are found and executed by the repressive government. 105 min. DVD 1552; vhs 999:244
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De Eso No Se Habla (I Don't Want to Talk About It) (Argentina/Italy, 1993)
Directed by María-Luisa Bemberg. A sophisticated world traveller (Mastroianni) retires to a small town and is drawn to a much younger woman (Podesta). The smartest, most talented woman in town, she is in many ways a perfect match for him. But, because she is a dwarf, she has been sheltered by her overprotective mother from the realities of life. 102 min. 999:1382
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Miss Mary (Argentina / USA, 1986)
Director, María-Luisa Bemberg. Cast: Julie Christie, Nacha Guevara, Tato Pavlovsky, Gerardo Romano. Set in Bueno Aires, this is the story of a cultured English governess whose display of compassion disrupts the tradition-bound existence of the wealthy household in which she works. 100 min. 999:3371
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Senora de Nadie (Nobody's Wife) (Argentina, 1982)
Directed by María-Luisa Bemberg. Leonor is living the good life in Argentina: a husband, two kids, a comfortable home. But when she discovers her husband is cheating on her, that life collapses. Leonor flees the world she knows, finds a new job and begins to meet new men. From a distance, she cautiously observes her children. 90 min. DVD 2903
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Yo, la peor de todas (I, the Worst of All) (Argentina, 1990)
Directed by María-Luisa Bemberg. Cast: Assumpta Serna, Dominique Sanda, Hector Alterio, Lautaro Murua, Alberto Segado, Franklin Caicedo, Graciela Araujo, Hugo Soto, Gerardo Romano, Margara Alonso, Lidia Catalano, Margarita Padin. This historical drama tells the story of Juana Ines de la Cruz, one of the greatest poets of the Spanish Siglo de Oro. In order to pursue her passion for writing, Juana enters the convent. There, she develops an intimate relationship with the local Vicereine, who inspires her poetry. But when the forces of the Inquisition invade the convent, the women have only each other to turn to. Based on: Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, o, Las trampas de la fe de Octavio Paz. 107 min. DVD 1718; vhs 999:1347
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Yamina Benguigui

Inch'Allah Dimanche (Algeria, France, 2001)
Director, Yamina Benguigui. Film about the "family reunion," the French government's euphemism for a 1974 law allowing Algerian wives to rejoin their husbands working in France. Strong-willed Zouina parts tearfully from her mother in the port of Algiers; once in France, she and her three small children are at the mercy of her mother-in-law and confused by the strange customs of their local grocer and garden-obsessed neighbor. The radio is her only window on life and on the women of this new country. 98 min. DVD 1907
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Documentaries by Benguigui

Memoires d'immigres DVD 5378
The Perfumed Garden Video/C 8191

Sabina Berman

Entre Pancho Villa y una mujer desnuda (Between Pancho Villa and a naked woman) (Mexico, 1995)
Directed by Sabina Berman and Isabelle Tardán. In this comedy Gina looks for a commitment from her longtime boyfriend Adrian. Angered by his refusal to marry and fed up with his sexist attitudes, she takes a younger man as her lover. Adrian, however, will not surrender his woman or his antiquated ways of thinking. Channeling the spirit of Pancho Villa himself, he tries to fully embrace his machismo and win back the passion of Gina. 100 min. Video 999:3375
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Shari Springer Berman

American Splendor (2003)
Written and directed by Robert Pulcini & Shari Springer Berman. Cast: Paul Giamatti, Hope Davis, Judah Friedlander, James Urbaniak, Earl Billings, James McCaffrey, Maggie Moore, Vivienne Benesch. Pekar is a frustrated file clerk working at the local V.A. Hospital. He is also a comic book fan who befriends the young illustrator Robert Crumb and is soon inspired to create comic books based on his own life. Along his bumpy journey he meets, marries and falls in love with Joyce, an admiring comic book seller. Special features: audio commentary with directors and cast featurette: Sundance Channel's "Anatomy of a scene"; music only track: "American splendor song"; special "My movie year"; original theatrical trailer. 101 min. DVD 2333
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Awards

Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards - Best Picture; Best Screenplay
National Society of Film Critics Awards - Best Film; Best Screenplay
Sundance Festival - Grand Jury Prize, Dramatic Work
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Actress (Hope Davis); Best First Film

Hight, Craig. "American Splendor: Translating Comic Autobiography into Drama-Documentary." In: Film and comic books / edited by Ian Gordon, Mark Jancovich, Matthew P. McAllister. Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, 2007. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.C36 F55 2007)
Lupo, Jonathan; Anderson, Carolyn. "Off-Hollywood Lives: Irony and Its Discontents in the Contemporary Biopic." Journal of Popular Film & Television, Summer2008, Vol. 36 Issue 2, p102-112, 11p UC users only
Sperb, Jason. "Removing the Experience: Simulacrum as an Autobiographical Act in American Splendor." Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly, Winter2006, Vol. 29 Issue 1, p123-139, 17p UC users only

Sabine Bernardi

Romeos. (Germany, 2011)
Directed by Sabine Bernardi. Cast: Maximilian Befort, Rick Okon, Liv Lisa Fries, Felix Brocke. Lukas, 20, is a prisoner in his own body. As a pre-op transgendered person, he is constantly finding himself trapped in uncomfortable, compromising positions. His best friend Ine introduces him to the gay scene in Cologne, where he meets the confident and gorgeous Fabio. The two develop a romantic relationship that tests the boundaries of love. 94 min. DVD X6887
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Anahi Berneri

Un Año sin amor (A Year Without Love) (Argentina, 2005)
Directed by Anahi Berneri. Cast: Juan Minujin, Mimi Ardu, Carlos Echevarria, Osmar Nuñez, Javier Van De Couter, Ricardo Merkin, Barbara Lombardo. Pablo, a young writer dying of AIDS searches for a cure and human interaction in the hospitals and sex clubs of Buenos Aires. 95 min. Video DVD 6884
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Julie Bertucelli

Since Otar Left (Depuis qu'Otar est parti...) (France | Belgium | Georgia, 2003)
Directed by Julie Bertuccelli. Cast: Esther Gorintin, Nino Khomassouridze, Dinara Droukarova, Temour Kalandadze, Roussoudan Bolkvadze, Sacha Sarichvili, Douta Skhirtladze, Abdallah Moundy. Three generations of women--ninety something grandmother Eka, her middle-aged daughter Marina, and twentyish, multilingual, well-educated, lively granddaughter Ada--share a rundown flat in T'bilisi, the capital city of the former Soviet Republic of Georgia. Theirs is an accidental matriarchy, as Eka's beloved only son, the titular Otar, is in France. A trained doctor, he sends money home from his menial jobs as an undocumented laborer. Eka lives for his occasional letters and telephone calls, so when he is killed in an accident, Marina and Ada weave an intricate web of deception to spare the old woman from heartbreak. But what will happen when Eka decides to visit Otar in Paris? 99 min. Video DVD X5310
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Susanne Bier

In a Better World (Hævnen)(Denmark, 2010)
Directed by Susanne Bier. Cast: Mikael Persbrandt, Trine Dyrholm, Ulrich Thomsen, William Jøhnk, Juel Nielsen, Markus Rygaard. The film follows two Danish families and the unusual and dangerous friendship that develops between them. Bullied at school, Elias is defended by Christian, a boy greatly troubled over his mother's death. So when the two become involved in an act of revenge with potentially tragic consequences, it's their parents who are left to help them come to terms with the complexity of human emotions, pain and empathy. 118 min. DVD X6604
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Open Hearts (Elsker dig for evigt) (Denmark, 2002)
Directed by Susanne Bier and Anders Thomas Jensen. Cast: Mads Mikkelsen, Sonja Richter, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Paprika Steen, Stine Bjerregaard, Birthe Neumann, Niels Olsen, Ulf Pilgaard. A film about an engaged couple that is torn apart after the man is paralyzed in an accident, and the woman falls in love with the husband of the woman who caused the accident. 109 min. DVD 5412
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Pensionat Oskar (Like It Never Was Before) (Sweden / Denmark, 1995)
Directed by Susanne Bier. Cast: Loa Falkman, Stina Ekblad, Simon Norrthon, Sif Ruud, Ghita Norby. The Runeberg family is an ordinary middle class Swedish family with a house in the suburbs, a car and three children. By vacationing in a rented house by the sea, the hope is that the tension and anxieties which exist between the husband Rune and his wife will disappear. However, instead of spending time with his family, Rune finds himself attracted to a young man. 108 min. DVD 2474
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Kathryn Bigelow

Benson-Allott. Caetlin. "Undoing Violence: Politics, Genre, and Duration in Kathryn Bigelow's Cinema." Film Quarterly Dec 2010, Vol. 64, No. 2: 33–43 UC users only
The cinema of Kathryn Bigelow: Hollywood transgressor
Edited by Deborah Jermyn & Sean Redmond. London ; New York: Wallflower Press, 2003. (PFA: PN1998.3.B544 C56 2003)

Blue Steel (1989)
Director, Kathryn Bigelow. Cast: Jamie Lee Curtis, Ron Silver, Clancy Brown, Elizabeth Pena, Louise Fletcher. In Manhattan, a rookie cop shoots and kills an armed robber. She doesn't know it, but an unidentified witness steals the assailant's gun and begins a deadly game of pursuit, with the unsuspecting cop as the target of a madman's obsession. 94 min. Video/C 999:2173
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The Hurt Locker (2008)
Directed by Kathryn Bigelow. Cast: Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, Brian Geraghty, Evangeline Lilly, Ralph Fiennes, David Morse, Guy Pearce. When a new sergeant, James, takes over a highly trained bomb disposal team amid violent conflict, he surprises his two subordinates, Sanborn and Eldridge, by recklessly plunging them into a deadly game of urban combat. As the men struggle to control their wild new leader, the city explodes into chaos, and James' true character reveals itself in a way that will change each man forever. 131 min. DVD X2522
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Kathryn Bigelow won the 2010 Academy Award for Best Director for this picture: the first such award given to a woman director.

Awards

Academy Award - Best Picture
Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards - Best Picture
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards - Best Picture
National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA - Best Film
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Picture
Directors Guild of America, USA -Outstanding Directorial Achievement

Loveless (1982)
Director, Kathryn Bigelow and Monty Montgomery. Cast: Willem Dafoe, Marin Kanter, Robert Gordon, J. Don Ferguson. A group of bikers on their way to the Florida Cycle Races stop for lunch in a small town diner. While repairs are being made on their motorcycles, their macho leader flirts with a waitress while his henchmen intimidate the diner's clientele. As night approaches, rednecks descend on the tiny restaurant and the stage is set for a violent and tragic showdown. 82 min. DVD 8183
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Strange Days (1995)
Director, Kathryn Bigelow. Cast: Ralph Fiennes, Angela Bassett, Juliette Lewis, Tom Sizemore, Michael Wincott, Vincent D'Onofrio. A thriller set in the urban inferno of 1999 Los Angeles. Lenny Nero sells dreams and hustles nightmares available on small disks that are viewable via a compact headpiece that makes every sensation immediate. Nero replays scenes of happier days with Faith Justin, who has run off with sadistic Philo Gant. As he attempts to win Faith back, he hooks up with an old friend, Lornette "Mace" Mason, and the two of them are caught in a deadly fantasy of conspiracy, murder and betrayal. 105 min. DVD 897
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Awards
Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA - Best Director; Best Actress (Angela Basset)

Berrettini, M. Can "We All" Get Along? Social Difference, the Future, and Strange Days. Camera Obscura no. 50 (2002) p. 154-89UC users only
Francke, L. "Virtual fears." Sight & Sound v. ns5 (December 1995) p. 6-9
Lane, Christina. "From The Loveless to Point Break: Kathryn Bigelow's Trajectory in Action." Cinema Journal. Summer 1998. Vol. 37, Iss. 4; pg. 59, 23 pgsUC users only
Law, Jules. "Being There: Gothic Violence and Virtuality In Frankenstein, Dracula, and Strange Days." ELH. Winter 2006. Vol. 73, Iss. 4; p. 975 (22 pages)UC users only
Murphy, Kathleen. "Strange Days, et al." Film Comment v. 43 no. 3 (Aut 2002) p. 250-70 UC users only
San Juan, R. M., et. al., "Virtual cities: film and the urban mapping of virtual space." Screen v. 43 no. 3 (Aut 2002) p. 250-70
Smith, Gavin. "Momentum and design." Film Comment. Sep 1995. Vol. 31, Iss. 5; pg. 46, 2 pgsUC users only
Strick, P. "Strange days." Sight & Sound v. ns6 (January 1996) p. 53-5

TV Programs
Homicide: Life on the Streets: Lines of Fire; Fallen Heroes: Part 2; Fallen Heroes: Part 1

Lizzie Bordon

Born in Flames (1983)
Directed by Lizzie Borden. Cast: Honey, Adele Bertei, Jeanne Satterfield, Flo Kennedy, Ron Vawter, Eric Bogosian. A futuristic fable of feminist turmoil still brewing ten years after the Second American Revolution. When Adelaide Norris, the black radical founder of the Woman's Army, is mysteriously killed, a diverse coalition of women - across all lines of race, class, and sexual preference - emerges to blow the System apart. With their fury growing and all peaceful options exhausted, women overcome divisions of race, class, and sexual orientation to form a guerilla movement to take over control of the media. 80 min. DVD 6007; vhs 999:1837
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Friedberg, Anne. "An Interview with Filmmaker Lizzie Borden." Women & Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory, vol. 1, no. 2, pp. 37-45, Winter 1984.
Lane, Christina. Feminist Hollywood : from Born in flames to Point break. Detroit : Wayne State University Press, c2000. (MAIN: PN1998.2 .L35 2000)
Lucia, Cynthia. "Redefining Female Sexuality in the Cinema: An Interview with Lizzie Borden." Cineaste: America's Leading Magazine on the Art and Politics of the Cinema, vol. 19, no. 2-3, pp. 6-10, 1992.
Scott MacDonald; Lizzie Borden Feminist Studies, Vol. 15, No. 2, The Problematics of Heterosexuality. (Summer, 1989), pp. 327-345. UC users only

Let's Talk About Sex (1994)
Short film. Directed by Lizzie Borden; written by Lizzie Borden & Susie Bright. An uncompromising look at an aspiring young actress working as a phone sex operator who dramatically redefines the powers of sexual dynamics when she gets a caller to listen to her fantasies. DVD 2517

Antonia Bird

Priest (UK, 1994)
Directed by Antonia Bird. Cast: Linus Roache, Tom Wilkinson, Robert Carlyle, Cathy Tyson. A young Roman Catholic priest in a Liverpool parish must learn to deal with the issues of homosexuality and incest, as well as conflicts between his vows and his conscience. 98 min. DVD X6545
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Icíar Bollaín

Flores de Otro Mundo (Flowers from Another World) (Spain, 1999)
Directed by Icíar Bollaín. Cast: José Sancho, Luis Tosar, Lissete Mejia, Marlin Torres, Chete Lera. "Patricia, a woman from Dominican Republic, needs a home and an economic security that her illegal status in Madrid does not provide her. Milady, twenty, born in Havana and dying to travel the world. Marirosi has a job, a home, and the most complete solitude... just like Alfonso, Damien and Carmelo, men from the St. Eulalia, a village lacking both marrying women and future. A bachelors' party forces the encounter between them and the beginning of this bittersweet story of sharing a living." [IMDB] 100 min. DVD 5242
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Millán, Juan Antonio Pérez. "Women Are Also the Future: Women Directors in Recent Spanish Cinema." Cineaste, Winter2003, Vol. 29 Issue 1, p50-55, 6p UC users only
Perez Millan, Juan Antonio. "Women are also the future: women directors in recent Spanish cinema." Cineaste Winter 2003 v29 i1 p50(6) (4515 words) A HREF="http://gateway.proquest.com/openurl?url_ver=Z39.88-2004&res_dat=xri:iipa:&rft_dat=xri:iipa:article:citation:iipa00244654">UC users only
Santaolalla, Isabel. "The Representation of Ethnicity and 'Race' in Contemporary Spanish Cinema." Cineaste. Winter 2003. Vol. 29, Iss. 1; p. 44 UC users only

Hola, ¿Estas Sola? (1979)
Director: Icíar Bollaín. Cast: Candela Peña, Silke, Alex Angula, Elena Irureta, Arcadi Levin. Nina is a 20 year-old woman from Valladolid who lives with her divorced father, an authoritarian and conservative man. Trini is of the same age and has lost her mother. For Nina and Trini, Valladolid and their families have nothing to offer, so they go on an adventurous voyage to the Costa del Sol in the south of Spain. In Spanish without titles. PAL format. 90 min. vhs 999:1792

Millán, Juan Antonio Pérez. "Women Are Also the Future: Women Directors in Recent Spanish Cinema." Cineaste, Winter2003, Vol. 29 Issue 1, p50-55, 6p UC users only

Catherine Breillat

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Anatomie de l'Enfer (Anatomy of Hell) (France, 2003)
Directed by Catharine Breillat. Cast: Amira Casar, Rocco Siffredi. A man rescues a woman from a suicide attempt in a gay nightclub. Walking the streets together, she propositions him: She'll pay him to visit her at her isolated house for four consecutive nights. There he will silently watch her. He's reluctant, but agrees. As the four nights progress, they become more intimate with each other, and a mutual fascination/revulsion develops. By the end of the four-day "contract", these two total strangers will have had a profound impact on each other. Based on Breillat's novel, Pornocratie. 80 min. DVD 7170
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36 fillette (France, 1988)
Directed by Catherine Breillat. Cast: Delphine Zentout, Etienne Chicot, Olivier Parni`ere, Jean-Pierre Leaud, Berta Dominquez D., Jean-Francois Stevenin. Lili, at fourteen, is literally busting out of her children's size dress. While on vacation with her family, she vows to lose her virginity and soon attracts the attention of a good looking, middle-aged playboy. With the skill of an adult and the naivete of a child, Lili seduces him. Her involvement with this older man and a chance encounter with a musician further her journey towards sexual awakening. 88 min. DVD 7171
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Bluebeard (Barbe bleue) (France, 2009)
Directed by Catherine Breillat. Cast: Dominique Thomas, Lola Creton, Daphne Baiwir, Marilou Lopes-Benites, Lola Giovannetti. Tells the story of young Marie-Catherine, child bride to an aristocratic ogre with a reputation for murdering his wives. The Princess must employ all her cunning to outwit her husband and escape a potentially unpleasant fate. 80 min. DVD X3972
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Nocturnal Uproar (Tapage nocturne) (France, 1979)
Directed by Catherine Breillat. Cast: Dominique Laffin, Marie-Hélène Breillat, Bertrand Bonvoisin, Joe Dallesandro. Solange is the female version of a womanizing film director who is confident about her conquests and her ability to figure out men. Along comes Bruno, a man she can't stand. Solange's faith is put to a test. In spite of her better judgment, she is undeniably attracted to Bruno and sleeps with him over and over again. 91 min. DVD X6727
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Romance (France, 1999)
Directed by Catherine Breillat. Claiming he loves her, but that he has lost his desire for her, Marie's boyfriend, Paul, refuses to engage in sexual relations, catapulting Marie into a desperate search for intimacy and erotic fulfillment. 98 min. DVD 871
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Sex Is Comedy (France / Portugal, 2002)
Directed by Catherine Breillat. Cast: Anne Parillaud, Gregoire Colin, Roxane Mesquida, Ashley Wanninger, Dominique Colladant, Bart Binnema, Yves Osmu, Francis Seleck, Elisabete Piecho. For director Jeanne, sex is no laughing matter. She doesn't find it funny that her two leading actors can't stand each other when she's about to shoot the most important moment in her film ... the sex scene. The actress objects to nudity, the actor won't take off his socks, and the only thing heating up between them is their tempers. At her wits' end, Jeanne tries everything in her power to seduce, intimidate and sweet-talk her reluctant young lovers into performing the film's sexy final scene. 95 min. DVD 3840
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The Sleeping Beauty (La belle endormie) (France, 2010)
Directed by Catherine Breillat. Cast: Carla Besnaïnou, Julia Artamonov, Kerian Mayan, David Chausse. Cursed at birth by an evil fairy, Anastasia is destined to prick her finger and die at the age of sixteen. When three feckless fairy sisters discover this, they hatch a plan to alter the curse: rather than die, Anastasia will sleep for 100 years and live in a world of dreams. Through her active dream life, Anastasia will find love, loss and possibly a waking life. French provocateur Breillat continues her deconstruction of classic fairytales with her latest, 'The Sleeping Beauty'. 82 min. DVD X6857
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Une vraie jeune fille (A Real Young Girl) (France, 1976)
Directed by Catherine Breillat. Cast: Charlotte Alexandra, Hiram Keller, Rita Maiden, Bruno Balp, Georges Gueret, Shirley Stoler. Alice has returned home from school for summer vacation and is stifled and bored by country life. She becomes infatuated with a young worker at her father's sawmill and when not lusting after him, she spends her days writing in her diary and dreaming up sexual fantasies. Based on the novel 'The air duct' by Catherine Breillat. 93 min.DVD 7169
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Bad Girl
Commentary: Lisbeth Lynghoft, Lene Borglum, Linda Williams, Luce Irigary, Benoite Groult, Catherine Breillat, Nina Hartley, Carol Queen, Annie Sprinkle, Virginie Despentes, Bernard Arcand, Jane Hamilton. Women filmmakes are directing and producing hard-corevideos to the female consumer. These women claim the right to pornography made by women for women and reject the censorship called for by feminists. Arethey simply business-women out for their share of oneof the most lucritive film markets, or avant-gardefeminists and advocates of new sexual relationships? This documentary features selected film clips and interviews with feminist authors, filmmakers,anthropologists, sexologists and porn producers,directors and activists. Dist. Cinema Guild. 2001. 58 min. Video/C 8928

Deborah Brock

Slumber Party Massacre II(1987)
Directed by Deborah Brock. Cast: Crystal Bernard, Patrick Lowe, Kimberly McArthur, Juliette Cummins, Heidi Kozak, Joel Hoffman, and Scott Westmoreland. The killer returns this time as a physical manifestation of a young girl's nightmares, slaying more teens in the guise of an evil rocker with a deadly guitar. 75 min. DVD X5094
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Hilary Brougher

The Sticky Fingers of Time (1997)
Director, Hilary Brougher. Cast: Nicole Zaray, Terumi Matthews, Belinda Becker, James Urbaniak. A writer, Tucker Harding, is hired to cover an article on the hydrogen-bomb test, Nevada, 1952. While there, radiation mutates her code/soul, spawning in her the ability to travel through time by force of will. Not long after she is murdered by a woman from the future, Ofelia, intent on securing her own ability to time travel. However, before her death Tucker travels to the year 1997 where she meets Drew, a failed writer who has been infected with Tuckers original mutation since birth. 82 min. DVD 7612
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Jocelyn Cammack

Better or Worse? (UK, 2000)
Directed by Jocelyn Cammack. Cast: Finn Atkins, John Langford, Ann Farrar, Luke Gell, Keiran Francis. Eight-year-old Rachel embarks upon a series of experiments attempting to make sense of her defective eyesight. The film contrasts ideas of perspective, both real and imagined, through the recurring motif of a diving board -- limiting and precarious. 9 min. DVD 6326
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Jane Campion

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Angel at My Table (UK | Australia | New Zealand | USA, 1990)
Directed by Jane Campion. Cast: Kerry Fox, Alexia Keogh, Karen Fergusson, Iris Churn, Kevin J. Wilson. A dramatization of the true-life story of Janet Frame, New Zealand's most distinguished author. The film follows Frame along her inspiring journey, from a poverty-stricken childhood to a misdiagnosis of schizophrenia and electroshock therapy to, finally, literary fame. Special features: Audio commentary featuring Jane Campion, Stuart Dryburgh and Kerry Fox; a documentary about the making; theatrical trailer; "My Say", an audio interview with Janet Frame from 1983; deleted scenes; stills gallery; a new essay by film critic Amy Taubin and reprinted excerpts from Frame's autobiography. 158 min. DVD X4068
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Awards
Venice Film Festival - Grand Special Jury Prize; Little Golden Lion; Elvira Notari Prize

An Exercise in Discipline - Peel (Australia, 1982)
Director, Jane Campion. A father along with his son and sister is driving back home in his car. The son continiously is throwing orange peels onto the road when suddenly the father stops the car and tells his son to pick the peels. His son disagrees on that and the sister is getting nervous, because she will be going to miss her favourite TV series. Finally everyone is getting pretty angry. 9 min. DVD X6718; vhs 999:1330
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A Girl's Own Story (Australia, 1984)
Director: Jane Campion. A look at three girls, young teens, in the era of the Beatles. Pam lives with parents who haven't spoken directly to each other in two years, using their daughters to talk across the table to each other. Gloria wants to play games with her boyfriend Graeme and ends up pregnant after a kissless, passionless introduction to sex. Stella becomes popular and puts her friendship with Pam on hold. Meanwhile, Pam's father and other predatory men lurk in the shadows around the girls. 27 min. DVD X6718; DVD 6:1:2; vhs 999:1330;
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Holy Smoke!(USA / Australia, 1999)
Directed by Jane Campion. Cast: Kate Winslet, Harvey Keitel, Pam Grier, Julie Hamilton, Tim Robertson, Sophie Lee. While on a journey of discovery in exotic India, young Ruth Barron falls under the influence of a charismatic religious guru. Her desperate parents then hire P.J. Waters, a macho cult deprogrammer, who confronts Ruth in a remote desert hideaway. However, P.J. quickly learns that he has quite possibly met his match in the intelligent and iron-willed Ruth. 114 min. DVD 2758
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In the Cut(Australia / USA / UK, 2003)
Directed by Jane Campion. Cast: Meg Ryan, Mark Ruffalo, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Nick Damici, Sharrieff Pugh. A lonely young English professor living in New York City gets tangled up in a murder investigation when a severed head is found in her garden. When she becomes involved with the homicide detective on the case, she realizes that the prime suspect may be closer than she likes to think. 118 min. DVD 4041
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Passionless Moments (Australia, 1983)
Director, Jane Campion. A voice says, "There are 1,000,000 moments in your neighborhood; each has a fragile presence which fades almost as it forms." Ten such moments are dramatized, from a chubby man exercising and realizing that "sex" and "thing" go together to an ill, bored child discovering that most pieces of paper fit on top of a Scotties box. Along the way, a child races time, a matron thinks she hears a woodpecker, an unfaithful gay man wonders why his eyes can't focus on two depths simultaneously, Angela thinks about her uncle's pet pig as she eats pork, beer-drinking Ed recalls his school football days and vows to get back in shape, and a bachelor remembers his mother. 13 min. DVD X6718; vhs 999:1330
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The Piano (Australia / New Zealand / France, 1993)
Directed by Jane Campion. Cast: Holly Hunter, Sam Neill, Harvey Keitel, Anna Paquin. A young mute woman and her child travel to New Zealand in the 1800's for an arranged marriage to a farmer there. After the marriage she meets another man, and the competition for her love begins. Only one of the men realizes that her affections can only be won through her beloved piano. 93 min. DVD 1167; vhs 999:1326
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Awards

Academy Awards - Best Actress (Holly Hunter); Best Supporting Actress (Anna Paquin)
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards - Best Actress (Holly Hunter)
Cannes Film Festival - Palme d'Or; Best Actress (Holly Hunter)
César Awards, France - Best Foreign Film
Golden Globes - Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama (Holly Hunter)
London Critics Circle Film Awards - Film of the Year; Actress of the Year (Holly Hunter)
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards - Best Director;
National Board of Review, USA - Best Actress (Holly Hunter)
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Director; Best Actress (Holly Hunter); Best Supporting Actress (Anna Paquin)

The Portrait of a Lady (UK / USA, 1996)
Directed by Jane Campion. Cast: Nicole Kidman, John Malkovich, Barbara Hershey, Mary-Louise Parker, Martin Donovan, Shelley Winters, Richard Grant, Shelley Duvall, Christian Bale, Viggo Mortensen, Valentina Cervi, John Gielgud. Isabel Archer is a young woman of daring independence and equally fierce desires. But her head-strong innocence is no match for the manipulations of her duplicitous friend Madame Merle and the devious Gilbert Osmond. Based on the novel by Henry James. 144 min. DVD 714; vhs 999:1755
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Sweetie (Australia, 1989)
Directed by Jane Campion. Cast: Genevieve Lemon, Karen Colston, Tom Lycos, Dorothy Barry, Jon Darling, Michael Lake. Dark comedy about the hazardous relationship between two sisters; button-down, superstitious Kay, and her rampaging sister, 'Sweetie.' Special features: New transfer supervised by cinematographer Sally Bongers and approved by director Jane Campion; audio commentary featuring Campion, Bongers and screenwriter Gerard Lee; Making "Sweetie," a new video conversation between stars Genevieve Lemon and Karen Colston; Campion's earlyshort films: An exercise in discipline: peel, Passionless moments and A girl's own story; Jane Campion: the film school years: a 1989 interview with Campion and critic Peter Thompson; gallery of behind-the-scenes photos and production stills; original theatrical trailer; a new essay by film scholar Dana Polan. 99 min. DVD 6476
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Two Friends (Australia, TV, 1986)
Directed by Jane Campion. Cast: Kris Bidenko, Emma Coles, Kris McQuade, Peter Hehir, Alison Kerry Dwyer. Two teenage friends become estranged when the once conventional Kelly becomes a mohawk-wearing punker who experiments with drugs and casual sex. This debut feature film of producer/director Jane Campion, remains one of her finest films. 79 min. DVD 1139
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Portrait: Jane Campion and the Portrait of a Lady: An Unusually Extensive and Intimate Study of a Filmmaker at Work. DVD 1237

Margarida Cardozo

A Costa dos Murmúrios (The Murmuring Coast) (Portugal, 2005)
Directed by Margarida Cardoso. Cast: João Ricardo, Dinarte Branco, Sandra Faleiro, Bia Gomes, Fernando Luis, Carlos Pimenta. During the war for independence Evita moves from Lisbon to Mozambique to marry Luis. Love and life are not what she thought they would be as she slowly discovers how different and disturbing life is from her peaceful European home in a country at war. When her husband is sent on a military mission she must fight loneliness along with racism, violence and injustice in Mozambique which makes life unbearable. 115 min. Non-US (PAL) format DVD 5211
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Patricia Cardozo

Real Women Have Curves (2002)
Directed by Patricia Cardozo. Cast: America Ferrera, Lupe Ontiveros, Ingrid Oliu, George Lopez, Brian Sites. Should she leave home, go to college and experience life? Or stay home, get married, and keep working in her sister's struggling garment factory? It may seem an easy decision, but for the 18-year-old Mexican American Ana, every choice she makes this summer will change her life. 90 min. DVD 1658
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Awards
National Board of Review, USA - Special Recognition for excellence in filmmaking.
Sundance Film Festival - Audience Award, Dramatic; Special Jury Prize

Báez, Jillian M. "Towards a Latinidad Feminista: The Multiplicities of Latinidad and Feminism in Contemporary Cinema." Popular Communication; 2007, Vol. 5 Issue 2, p109-128, 20p
Christie Launius. "Real Women Have Curves: A Feminist Narrative of Upward Mobility." American Drama. Summer 2007. Vol. 16, Iss. 2; p. 15 (14 pages) UC users only

Niki Caro

Whale Rider (New Zealand, 2002)
Directed by Niki Caro. Cast: Keisha Castle-Hughes, Rawiri Paratene, Vicky Haughton, Cliff Curtis, Grant Roa, Mana Taumaunu, Rachel House. The Whangara people believe their ancestor Paikea was saved from drowning by riding home on the back of a whale. The tribal group has since granted leadership positions to the first-born males, believing them to be descendants of Paikea. But then a young mother dies in childbirth along with her newborn male son. His twin sister survives and the little girl, Pai, is brought up by her grandparents. Learning the skills of chiefdom from her uncle, Pai shows that she has natural leadership ability. 101 min. DVD 2127
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Awards

British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards - BAFTA Children's Award - Best Feature Film
Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards - Best Young Actor/Actress (Keisha Castle-Hughes)
National Board of Review, USA - Special Recognition for excellence in filmmaking.
San Francisco International Film Festival - Audience Award, Best Narrative Feature
Sundance Film Festival - Audience Award, World Cinema

North Country (2005)
Directed by Niki Caro. Cast: Charlize Theron, Elle Peterson, Thomas Curtis, Frances McDormand, Sean Bean, Woody Harrelson, Jeremy Renner, Richard Jenkins, Sissy Spacek. Josey Aimes needs a job and goes to work at a Minnesota steel mine after splitting with her violent husband. But the job proves to be almost as harrowing as her marriage. The male miners are resentful of women taking their jobs, so the men verbally abuse and play humiliating pranks on the female miners. After being physically assaulted by a coworker, Josey tries to fight against the harassment, but none of the other women will join her case for fear that things will only get worse. A dramatization of the first major successful sexual harassment case in the U.S. - Jenson vs. Eveleth Mines, where a woman who endured a range of abuse while working as a miner filed and won a landmark 1984 lawsuit. 123 min. DVD 5207
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Blake, Richard A. "Beneath the Surface." America; 11/21/2005, Vol. 193 Issue 16, p19-20, 2pUC users only
Garcia, Ruben J. "From North To South Country: Race, Gender, Immigration, and the Role Of Unions in the Sanitized Workplace." Thomas Jefferson Law Review, Fall2006, Vol. 29 Issue 1, p55-64, 10p UC users only
Lane, Anthony. "Troublemakers." New Yorker; 10/31/2005, Vol. 81 Issue 34, p94-95, 2pUC users only Lane, Anthony. "Troublemakers." New Yorker; 10/31/2005, Spencer, Liese. "North Country." Sight and Sound 16:3 (March 2006) p. 70-71UC users only

Ana Carolina

Amélia (Brazil, 2000)
Directed by Ana Carolina. Cast: Béatrice Agenin, Mirian Muniz, Camila Amado. A film freely inspired by the trip of Sarah Bernhardt to Rio de Janeiro in 1905. The actress, experiencing a personal and professional crisis at the time, is persuaded by her personal Brazilian maid, Amélia, to give a performance in Rio de Janeiro. After arriving, she is forced to tolerate the company of Amélia's eccentric sisters in this comedy of misunderstandings. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 126 min. vhs 999:3922
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Liliana Cavani

Il Portiere di notte (The Night Porter) (Italy, 1974)
Directed by Liliana Cavani. Cast: Cast: Dirk Bogarde, Charlotte Rampling, Philippe Leroy, Gabriele Ferzetti. The chance meeting of a woman and a former Nazi SS officer brings back memories of their sado-masochistic relationship in a concentration camp years before. When the couple attempt to re-create their relationship, his former SS comrades begin to stalk them. 118 min. DVD 2477
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Ripley's Game (Italy / UK / USA, 2002)
Directed by Liliana Cavani. Cast: John Malkovich, Dougray Scott, Ray Winstone, Lena Headey, Chiara Caselli. Based on the novel by Patricia Highsmith. 111 min. DVD X2176
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Gurinder Chadha

Bend It Like Beckham (UK / Germany / USA, 2002)
Directed by Gurinder Chadha. Cast: Parminder Nagra, Keira Knightley, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Anupam Kher, Archie Panjabi, Shaznay Lewis, Frank Harper, Juliet Stevenson. Eighteen year-old Jesminder's parents want her to be a nice, conventional Indian girl. But she just wants to play soccer like her hero, David Beckham. For Jess, that means kicking a ball around the local park with the lads until she's spotted by Jules, who invites her to join the local women's team. 112 min. DVD 1948
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Bhaji on the Beach(UK, 1995)
Directed by Gurinder Chadha. Cast: Lalita Ahmed, Peter Cellier, Amer Chadha-Patel, Souad Faress, Tanveer Ghani, Jimmi Harkishin, Sarita Khajuria, Shaheen Khan, Rena Kochar, Surendra Kochar, Akbar Kurtha, Nisha Nayar, Zohra Segal, Mo Sesay, Kim Vithana. A comedy about a group of Indian women, living in England, who are brought together by a day at the beach. In the course of their day together , their ordinary lives become an extraordinary celebration. A unique look at female friendship. 100 min. DVD X6285; vhs 999:1331
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Bride & Prejudice (UK / USA, 2004)
Directed by Gurinder Chadha. Cast: Aishwarya Rai, Martin Henderson, Madira Babbar, Anupam Kher, Naveen Andrews, Namrata Shirodkar, Daniel Gillies, Indira Varma, Sonali Kulkarni, Nitin Ganatra, Ashanti. Based on Jane Austen's classic novel, Pride and Prejudice, with a Bollywood twist. In Ammritsar, the determined Mrs. Bakshi sets out to find matches for her four daughters. Second sister, Lalita, meets American Will Darcy - but is it love? 111 min. DVD 4541
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Quais de Seine(2006)
Directed by Gurinder Chadha. Cast: Leïla Bekhti, Julien Beramis, Thomas Dumerchez Cyril Descours. Three silly mates flirt with many women on the street saying jokes. When the muslin Zarka stumbles on a stone and falls down on the sidewalk, the student of history Fran?ois helps her. The youngsters feel attraction for each other. Part of anthology film, Paris Je T'aime. DVD 8839

What's Cooking? (UK / USA, 2000)
Directed by Gurinder Chadha. Cast: Joan Chen, Julianna Margulies, Mercedes Ruehl, Kyra Sedgwick, Alfre Woodard, Maury Chaykin, Estelle Harris, Dennis Haysbert, Lainie Kazan, Victor Rivers, Douglas Spain. In Los Angeles' Fairfax district, four households celebrate Thanksgiving amidst family tensions. In the Nguyen family, the children's acculturation and immigrant parents' fears collide. In the Avila family, Isabel's son has invited her estranged husband to their family dinner. Audrey and Ron Williams want to keep their own family's ruptures secret from Ron's visiting mother. In the Seelig household, Herb and Ruth are unwilling to discuss that their grown daughter is living with her lover, Carla. 109 min. DVD 1622
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Documentaries by Chada:

What Do You Call an Indian Woman Who's Funny? Video/C 3758
Acting our Age. Video/C 3830
A Nice Arrangement. Video/C 3814
I'm British But-- Video/C 3827

Lina Chamie

The Milky Way (A Via Láctea) (Brazil, 2007)
Directed by Lina Chamie. Cast: Marco Ricca, Alice Braga, Fernando Alves Pinto, Mariana Lima, José Rubens Chachá, Ivan Capúa, Guilhermo Hundadze, Yasmin Costola, Grupo Oficina Uzyna Uzona. Dusk is falling in Sao Paulo when Heitor and Julia -- who have been dating for a long time -- have a violent quarrel over the phone. Anguished, Heitor gets in his car and sets off in the direction of Julia's house, to kiss and make up. First though, he finds himself engulfed in the madness of rush hour traffic which places a considerable delay on his journey. This gives Heitor ample opportunity to ponder the metropolis itself and the city begins to interefere in his thought processes. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 89 min. DVD X3670
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Joan Chen

Xiu Xiu: The Sent Down Girl (China / Hong Kong / USA, 1998)
Directed by Joan Chen. Between 1967 and 1976, nearly 8 million Chinese youths were "sent down" for specialized training to the remotest corners of the country. The young and beautiful Xiu Xiu dreamt of becoming a horse trainer in Tibet, far away from her busy city home. Her training begins in the isolated plains of Tibet but slowly Xiu Xiu discovers that she is unlikely to ever see her home again without a wealthy sponsor. Her world becomes a horrifying cage, where "patrons" promise her escape in exchange for her sexual compromise. 100 min. DVD 104; VHS 999:2417
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Independent View: Joan Chen & Ruby Yang.
A segment from a TV series offering a behind-the-scenes look into the creative process of independent filmmaking. In this episode two Chinese-American artists are spotlighted. The first part of the program presents an interview with actress and director, Joan Chen, who is one of a very few to attain a viable career in both Hollywood and Hong Kong. Part two features Chen-collaborator and director Ruby Yang. In addition to editing Chen's Autumn in New York and Xiu Xiu, Yang directed Citizen Hong Kong, a documentary about five Hong Kong residents and their views on Hong Kong's transition from British to Chinese rule. Video/C MM94

Lisa Cholodenko

High Art (Canada / USA, 1998)
Directed by Lisa Cholodenko. Cast: Ally Sheedy, Radha Mitchell, Gabriel Mann, Patricia Clarkson, Bill Sage. Lucy Berliner, a once-famous photographer, experiences a revitalized career when she meets Syd, a beautiful young assistant editor for a prestigious photography magazine. Withdrawn from the art world, Lucy is reawakened by Syd who offers her the hope of escaping her drug-filled world. Before Syd realizes it, she is drawn into Lucy's seductive and dangerous mix and is forced to make choices she never imagined. 103 min.DVD 3535
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The Kids Are Al Right (2010)
Director, Lisa Cholodenko. Cast: Annette Bening, Josh Hutcherson, Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo, Mia Wasikowska. Nic and Jules are in a long term, committed, loving but by no means perfect relationship. Nic, a physician, needs to wield what she believes is control, whereas Jules, under that control, is less self-assured. They have two teen-aged children, Joni, who is Nic's biological child, and Laser, who is Jules' biological child. A big-hearted, sexy and uproariously funny movie that combines comedic surprise with poignant emotional truth. 107 min. DVD X5007
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Awards
Golden Globes, USA - Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy; Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy (Annette Bening)

TV programs:

The L Word: Lynch Pin (DVD 5767)
Six Feet Under: Familia (DVD 3945 )

Joyce Chopra

Smooth Talk (UK / USA, 1985)
Directed by Joyce Chopra. Cast: Treat Williams, Laura Dern, Mary Kay Place, Elizabeth Berridge, Levon Helm. Connie is a 15-year-od girl with two things on her mind, boys and how she looks. But when she flirts with an older, handsome and predatory stranger, she isn't prepared for the frightening and traumatic consequences. 92 min.DVD 5787
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Sundance Festival: Grand Jury Prize - Dramatic Work (1986)

Vera Chytilová

Daisies (Sedmikrasky) (Czechoslovakia, 1966)
Directed by Vera Chytilová. In this Czech new wave film two madcap teenage girls decide that since the world is spoiled they will be spoiled as well. Accordingly they embark on a series of destructive pranks in which they consume and destroy the world about them. 75 min. DVD 1825
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Shirley Clarke

Shirley Clarke bibliography

The Connection. (1961)
Filmed version of a play with the same title by Jack Gelber. The play is about drug addicts waiting for a heroin dealer to bring the drug necessary for them to make their "connection." To help pass the time, four jazz musicians among the addicts start to play. The film was shot in a drug addict's apartment in New York City. Based on the Living Theatre production created in 1961, as directed by Judith Malina and designed by Julian Beck. Credits: Writer, Jack Gelber; producers, Lewis Allen, Shirley Clarke; director/editor, Shirley Clarke; production designer, Richard Sylbert; art director, Albert Brenner; director of photography, Arthur J. Ornitz; introduction, J.J. Burden. Performers: Warren Finnerty, Carl Lee, the Freddie Redd Quartet. 105 min. Video/C 999:893

The Cool World (1967)
Directed by Shirley Clarke. Realistic docu-dramatization of ghetto and gang life in 1960's Harlem with a focus on the fictional teenage gang leader, Duke. Based on the novel by Warren Miller and the play by Warren Miller & Robert Rossen. Video/C 999:1702

Portrait of Jason (1967)
A documentary autobiography of Jason which tells how he survived a life of street hustling. "Jason is the archetypical hipster of the period, the psychopath Norman Mailer's essay "The White Negro" describes, condemned to swing forever." 105 min. Video/C 999:893

Isabel Coixet

Bastille (2006)
Directed by Isabel Coixet. Cast: Javier Cámara, Sergio Castellitto, Emilie Ohana, Miranda Richardson, Leonor Watling. A husband meets his wife in a restaurant to tell her that he will leave her for a new love with a stewardess, but she tells him first that she is terminal with leukemia. Her husband hides his feelings and acts like he was still in love for her, and he indeed falls in love for her again. Part of anthology film, Paris Je T'aime. DVD 8839

Elegy (2008)
Directed by Isabel Coixet. Cast: Penélope Cruz, Ben Kingsley, Peter Sarsgaard, Patricia Clarkson, Deborah Harry, Dennis Hopper. Cultural critic David Kepesh finds his state of 'emancipated manhood' thrown into tragic disarray. David is a renowned college professor whose life is turned inside out when he becomes involved in a passionate relationship with Consuela. Consuela is a well-mannered student who awakens a sense of sexual possessiveness in her teacher. As their sexual relationship evolves, an incredible love story is born. Based on the novel "The dying animal" by Philip Roth. 112 min. DVD X1450
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Cristina Comencini

La bestia nel cuore (Beast in the heart) (Italy / UK / France / Spain, 2005)
Director, Cristina Comencini. Cast: Giovanna Mezzogiorno, Alessio Boni, Stefania Rocca, Angela Finocchiaro, Luigi Lo Cascio. When Sabina becomes pregnant she begins to have nightmares of shadowy childhood memories. The only person with whom she can confide her secret fears is her brother Daniele who has moved from Italy to Charlottesville, VA. Sabina flies to the US to be with her brother and in the course of their reunion the two siblings uncover the beasts in their hearts: sexual abuse from their father now departed. How this discovery alters their lives is the denouement of the film. 116 min. DVD 9716
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Luciano, Bernadette; Scarparo, Susanna. "Back to the future: The Comencini sisters and their search for a cinematic language." Studies in European Cinema; Jul2007, Vol. 4 Issue 2, p137-148, 12p UC users only

Nina Companeez

L'Allée du Roi(1996)
Director, Nina Companeez. A historical drama based on the recollections of Françoise d'Aubigne, Marques de Maintenon, wife to Louis XIV, the King of France. In French without substitles. 240 min. DVD 4510
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Sofia Coppola

Lost in Translation(USA / Japan, 2003)
Directed by Sofia Coppola. Cast: Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, Giovanni Ribisi, Anna Faris, Fumihiro Hayashi. A middle-aged actor and the wife of a photographer meet while on business in Tokyo. They strike up an unusual friendship in the hotel bar that helps them both overcome boredom and loneliness. 102 min. DVD 2289
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Awards

British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards - Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role (Bill Murray); Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (Scarlett Johansson)
César Awards, France - Best Foreign Film
Golden Globes - Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy; Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy (Bill Murray); Best Screenplay
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards - Best Actor (Bill Murray)
National Board of Review, USA - Special Achievement Award (Sofia Coppola)
National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA - Best Actor (Bill Murray)
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Director; Best Actor (Bill Murray)
San Francisco Film Critics Circle - Best Picture; Best Actor (Bill Murray)

Marie Antoinette (Japan / France / USA, 2006)
Directed by Sofia Coppola. Cast: Kirsten Dunst, Marianne Faithfull, Steve Coogan, Judy Davis, Jason Schwartzman, Rose Byrne, Al Weaver, Shirley Henderson, Molly Shannon, Rip Torn. An impressionistic retelling of France's iconic but ill-fated queen, Marie Antoinette. From her betrothal and marriage to Louis XVI at 15 to her reign as queen at 19 and to the end of her reign as queen and ultimately the fall of Versailles. Based on the book by Antonia Fraser. 123 min. DVD 6399
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Brevik-Zender, Heidi "Let Them Wear Manolos: Fashion, Walter Benjamin, and Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette." Camera Obscura (2011) 26(3 78): 1-33
Burley, Peter. "A farrago of nonsense? The French Revolution in the cinema." (cover story) History Today, May89, Vol. 39 Issue 5, p51-56, 6p UC users only
Chow, Lesley. "Fashion and Dunst: The Substance of Marie-Antoinette." Bright Lights Film Journal, vol. 56, pp. (no pagination), May 2007
Cook, Pam. "Sofia Coppola." Sight and Sound, vol. 16, no. 11, pp. 36-40, Nov 2006 UC users only
Covington, Richard. "Marie Antoinette." Smithsonian; Nov2006, Vol. 37 Issue 8, p56-65, 10p UC users only
Ferriss, Suzanne; Young, Mallory. ""Marie Antoinette": Fashion, Third-Wave Feminism, and Chick Culture." Literature Film Quarterly, 2010, Vol. 38 Issue 2, p98-116, 19p UC users only
Frodon, Jean-Michel. "Sofia Coppola: 'Tout était possible du moment qu'on restait dans l'esprit du film'." Cahiers du Cinéma, vol. 612, pp. 24-28, May 2006
Harison, Casey. "The French Revolution on Film: American and French Perspectives." History Teacher, May2005, Vol. 38 Issue 3, p299-324, 26p UC users only
Lee, Nathan "Pretty Vacant: The Radical Frivolity of Sofia Coppola's "Marie Antoinette" Film Comment 42:5 (September-October 2006) p. 24-26 UC users only
McDonald, Neil "Three Queens." Quadrant Magazine; Mar2007, Vol. 51 Issue 3, p77-81, 5p UC users only
McGill, Hannah "Marie Antoinette" Sight and Sound Record 16:11 (November 2006) p. 68-69 UC users only
Usuda, Kohei. "The voice of Marianne faithfull; On Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette." CineAction - Wntr 2008 i75 p54(4)UC users only
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Zevin, Alexander. "Marie Antoinette and The Ghosts of the French Revolution." Cineaste; Spring2007, Vol. 32 Issue 2, p32-34, 4p UC users only

The Virgin Suicides (1999)
Directed by Sofia Coppola. Cast: James Woods, Kathleen Turner, Kirsten Dunst, Josh Hartnett, Scott Glenn, Michael Pare, Danny DeVito ; narrated by Giovanni Ribisi. When school hunk Trip Fontain convinces the beautiful but sheltered Lisbon sisters to go to the prom, the romantic fantasies of a group of neighborhood boys threaten to come true--until all are engulfed in a stunning chain of events that will change their lives forever. 96 min. DVD 577
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Diane Crespo

Arranged (2007)
Directed by Diane Crespo and Stefan C. Schaefer. Cast: Zoe Lister-Jones, Francis Benhamou, Doris Belack, Mimi Lieber, Daniel London, Laith Nakli, Alysia Reiner, John Rothman, Alison Becker, David Castro, Sanuit De Silva, Peggy Gormley, Jason Liebman, Arian Moayed, Jake Robards, Gina Shmukler, Marcia Jean Kurtz. Centers on the friendship between an Orthodox Jewish woman and a Muslim woman who meet as first-year teachers at a public school in Brooklyn. Over the course of the year they learn they share much in common - not least of which is that they are both going through the process of arranged marriages 89 min. DVD X4097
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Sally Cruikshank

Quasi etc.
Cartoons created and produced by Sally Cruikshank. Quasi cabaret trailer (1980, 2 min.) -- Quasi at the Quackadero (1975, 10 min.) -- Make me psychic (1978, 8 min.) -- Face like a frog (1987, 5 min.) Quasi at the Quackadero: A science fiction animated film about a boy who goes with a grownup friend and a robot to an amusement park of the future which has a time-hole pavillion for entering the past. Make me psychic: Anita visits a futuristic joke shop and buys a "Mesmerama" machine to increase her psychic abilities. Face like a frog: Features songs performed by Danny Elfman who appears as a lizard in this animated short. 25 min. DVD X2875; Video/C 999:3677

Cherien Dabis

Amreeka(USA / Canada, 2009)
Directed by Cherien Dabis. Cast: Nisreen Faour, Melkar Muallem, Hiam Abbass, Alia Shawkat, Joseph Ziegler, Yussef Abu Warda. Muna Farah, a Palestinian single mom, struggles to maintain her optimistic spirit in the daily grind of intimidating West Bank checkpoints, the constant nagging of a controlling mother, and the haunting shadows of a failed marriage. Everything changes one day when she receives a letter informing her that her family has been granted a U.S. green card, and she moves with her teenage son to small town Illinois. 105 min. DVD X2502
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West, Dennis; West, Joan M. "Coming to Amreeka: An Interview with Cherien Dabis." Cineaste; Winter2009, Vol. 35 Issue 1, p22-26, 5p UC users only

Claudia Damasceno

Roses of April (2007)
Directed by Claudia Damasceno. Cast: Carolina Hoyos, John Divito, Anita Poirier, Karla Legaspy. A lively yet depressing look at the intense bonds within a Native American family which are destroyed little by little, directly and indirectly by an authoritarian government. 78 min. DVD X5945
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Julie Dash

Daughters of the Dust (USA / UK, 1991)
Directed by Julie Dash. Tells the story of a large African-American family as they prepare to move North at the dawn of the 20th century. Explores the unique culture of the Gullah people. 113 min. DVD 168; Video 999:887
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Awards & Honors
National Film Registry Selection

Illusions (1983)
Directed by Julie Dash. Cast: Lonette McKee, Rosanne Katon, Ned Bellamy, Jack Radar. Story takes place in 1942 and is about Mignon Dupree, a black woman studio executive who appears to be white, and Ester Jeeter, a black woman who is the singing voice for a white Hollywood star. The film follows the struggles of the women as well as the use of motion picture films in Hollywood during wartime. 34 min. DVD X2394; vhs Video/C 999:1365; also on Video/C 3181

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The Cinematic Jazz of Julie Dash.
Afro-American filmmaker, producer, writer and director Julie Dash talks about her life and work and the difficulties she has had getting her films distributed and accepted. Interspersed with her comments are clips from three of her films, Daughters of the Dust, Illusions, and Diary of an African Nun, and she talks about the making of a fourth film, Four Women. One of her principal aims, she says, is "to redefine images of black women on the screen." 1992. 27 min. Video/C 7081

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Sisters in Cinema
A documentary tracing the careers of inspiring African American women filmmakers from the early part of the 20th century to the present. Realizing that she wasn't going to find her sisters in cinema in Hollywood, the producer traveled the independent path to uncover a wide range of films directed by African American women outside of the Hollywood studio system. Early filmmakers include Tressie Souders, Zora Neale Hurston, Madame C. J. Walker, Maya Angelou, Madeline Anderson, Kathleen Collins Prettyman, Darnell Martin, Kasi Lemmons, Julie Dash and Eloyce Gist. Produced and directed by Yvonne Welbon. 2003. 62 min. Video/C MM408

Alice de Andrade

O diabo a quatro (Brazil, 2004)
Directed by Alice de Andrade. Cast: Marcelo Faria, Maria Flor, Márcio Libar, Netinho Alves. Set in the Copacabana section of Rio de Janeiro, a tale of youth, prostitution, and drug dealing. Rita is a gorgeous nanny who is determined to break out of her difficult, poverty-stricken life. She is in love with Paulo, a surfer who only cares about drugs and hookers. Rita decides to become a high-class prostitute to attract his attention, but ends up with the love of Tim, her pimp, and Waldick, a poor boy from the country. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 108 min. Video vhs 999:3923
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Common Ground (2000)
Directed by Donna Deitch. Cast: Edward Asner, Beau Bridges, Harvey Fierstein, Brian Kerwin, Margot Kidder, Dan Lauria, James LeGros, Brittany Murphy, Jason Priestley, Mimi Rogers, Helen Shaver, Eric Stoltz, Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Steven Weber. Three short stories dealing with the theme of homosexuality. In "A Friend of Dorothy's," (written by Paula Vogel) a woman joins the Navy during the 1950's and discovers lesbianism. In "M. Roberts," (written by Terrence McNally) a teacher in a 1970's classroom struggles with his closeted gay status. In "Andy and Amos", (written by Harvey Fierstein) a father wrestles with his own emotional acceptance of a present day wedding between his son and another man. 104 min. vhs 999:2877
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Desert Heart.(1985)
Directed by Donna Deitch. It is 1950s Nevada, and Professor Vivian Bell arrives to get a divorce. She's unsatisfied with her marriage, and feels out of place at the ranch she stays on, she finds herself increasingly drawn to Cay Rivers, an open and self-assured lesbian, and the ranchowner's daughter. The emotions released by their developing intimacy, and Vivian's insecurities about her feelings towards Cay, are played out against a backdrop of rocky landscapes and country and western songs. [from Internet Movie Database] DVD 7641; vhs 999:1632
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The Women of Brewster Place (TV, 1988)
Directed by Donna Deitch. Cast: Oprah Winfrey, Robin Givens, Cicely Tyson, Jackee, Larenz Tate, Lynn Whitfield, Mary Alice, Olivia Cole, Moses Gunn, Paula Kelly, Leon Lonette McKee, Barbara Montgomery, Phyllis Yonne Stickney, Paul Winfield, William Allen Young. The story of Mattie Michael, a proud, big-hearted woman whose life has been plagued by misfortunes, landing her alone and penniless in a crumbling ghetto tenement on Brewster Place. She gradually unites the other tenement women to help them struggle for a new life. 180 min. DVD 610
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Bobo, Jacqueline. Seiter, Ellen. "Black Feminism and Media Criticism: The Women of Brewster Place." In: Vision/re-vision: adapting contemporary American fiction by women to film / edited by Barbara Tepa Lupack. pp: 145-57. Bowling Green, OH : Bowling Green State University Popular Press, c1996. (Main Stack PN1997.85.V57 1996)

Documentaries
Angle on My Shoulder (DVD X5244 )

TV Programs
ER Home(DVD 4751); Full Moon, Saturday Night (DVD 4750)

Claire Denis

35 rhums (35 Shots of Rum) (France | Germany, 2008)
Directed by Claire Denis. Cast: Alex Descas, Mati Diop, Nicole Dogu?, Gr?goire Colin. Lionel is a middle-aged widower who makes his living driving a train and shares an apartment with his twenty-something daughter Josephine. Lionel and Josephine have a warm and caring relationship. Lionel's on-and-off girlfriend Gabrielle and their footloose friend Noe live in the same building. Together the four have fallen into a casual family relationship. But when Josephine and Noe become more than friends, Lionel is on edge. 102 min. DVD X3953
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Beau Travail (France, 1998)
Director, Claire Denis. Story of a sergeant in the French Foreign Legion in Djibouti whose ordered life is turned upside down with the arrival of a new recruit who finds favor with the unit's commander. Loosely based on Herman Melville's Billy Budd. 90 min. DVD 2901
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Chocolat (France / West Germany / Cameroon, 1989)
Directed by Claire Denis. Cast: Giulia Boschi, Isaach de Bankole, François Cluzet, Cecile Ducasse, Mireille Perrier. Frances Dalens has returned to Cameroon to trace her past. Soon the sights, sounds and smells sweep her back to her childhood and memories of the people who populated her youth. This is a mesmerizing memoir of life in colonial Africa in the 1950s, as seen through the unblinking eyes of the young daughter of a French official. 105 min. DVD 781; VHS 999:2088
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L'intrus (The Intruder) (2003)
Directed by Claire Denis. Cast: Michel Subor, Grégoire Colin, Katia Golubeva, Bambou, Florence Loiret-Caille, Lolita Chammah, Alex Descas, Hong-suk Park, Dong-ho Kim, Se-tak Chang, Henri Tainanuarii, Jean-Marc Teriipaia, Anna Tetuaveroa, Edwin Aline, Béatrice Dalle. Louis is a brooding loner who lives with two large white dogs in a forest near the French-Swiss border. His estranged son Sidney lives with his wife in a village nearby. Louis is carrying on an affair with the local pharmacist and carrying a torch for a beautiful, feral local dog breeder. He suffers a mild heart attack, and buys a new heart on the black market. Then he travels to South Korea, where he buys a boat and sails it to his former home, a dilapidated shack on a remote island south of Tahiti. His dream is to find the son he sired decades earlier when he lived there. However, once he is settled, his body begins to reject the alien heart. Inspired by the book L'intrus by Jean-Luc Nancy. Special features: Interview with Claire Denis (36 min.); Filmographies [text feature]; Original theatrical trailer (2 min.); Trailer gallery (11 min.). 126 min. DVD X5825
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J'ai pas sommeil (I Can't Sleep) (France / Switzerland, 1994)
Director, Clair Denis. Cast: Katerina Golubeva, Richard Courcet, Vincent Dupont. A "granny killer" is loose in Paris, inciting fear and havoc amongst its residents. Based on the true story of Thierry Paulin, who with his male lover murdered over 20 elderly women in Paris in the 1980s, this is an eerily atmospheric portrait of urban alienation and arbitrary violence. 115 min. DVD X1120; vhs 999:3268
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S'en fout la mort (No Fear, No Die) (France / West Germany, 1990)
Director, Claire Denis. Cast: Isaach de Bankole, Alex Descas, Solveig Dommartin, Christopher Buchholz, Jean-Claude Brialy. Set in France, Dah, an African immigrant, and Jocelyn, a West Indian man, supply and train fighting cocks for a sleazy French saloon owner. Once Dah becomes entangled with the owner's mistress, all four characters are cast into a violent circle of gambling, desire, and agony that spins out of control. 97 min. 999:3247
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Trouble Every Day (France | Germany | Japan, 2001)
Director, Claire Denis. Cast: Vincent Gallo, Tricia Vessey, Béatrice Dalle, Alex Descas. Shane and his new wife June are in Paris for their honeymoon. Meanwhile, a French doctor is experimenting with the human libido and causes ordinary people, including his own wife, to have an uncontrollable urge to have sex with someone and then kill them and eat their flesh. Shane is suffering from the same desires, and seeks out the doctor to find a cure. 97 min. DVD X5838
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White Material (France | Cameroon, 2004)
Directed by Claire Denis. Cast: KIsabelle Huppert, Christopher Lambert, Nicolas Duvauchelle, William Nadylam, Michel Subor. Maria is an entitled white woman living in Africa, desperately unwilling to give up her family's crumbling coffee plantation despite the civil war closing in on her. A gripping evocation of the death throes of European colonialism and a fascinating look at a woman lost in her own mind. 105 min. DVD X5828
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Virginie Despentes

Baise-moi (Rape Me) (France, 2000)
Directed and written by Virginie Despentes and Coralie Trinh Thi. Cast: Raffaela Anderson, Karen Bach. Manu is violently raped by a group of savage young thugs. Nadine, a tough-skinned prostitute, sells her body but refuses to give up her soul. Chance unites them and together they embark on a twisted rage-filled road trip of sex and murder. A vividly nihilist road movie set in France, controversial for its violence and real sex scenes. 77 min. DVD 1834
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Bad Girl
Commentary: Lisbeth Lynghoft, Lene Borglum, Linda Williams, Luce Irigary, Benoite Groult, Catherine Breillat, Nina Hartley, Carol Queen, Annie Sprinkle, Virginie Despentes, Bernard Arcand, Jane Hamilton. Women filmmakes are directing and producing hard-corevideos to the female consumer. These women claim the right to pornography made by women for women and reject the censorship called for by feminists. Arethey simply business-women out for their share of oneof the most lucritive film markets, or avant-gardefeminists and advocates of new sexual relationships? This documentary features selected film clips and interviews with feminist authors, filmmakers,anthropologists, sexologists and porn producers,directors and activists. Dist. Cinema Guild. 2001. 58 min. Video/C 8928

Maya Deren

Maya Deren, Priestess (University of Texas, American Studies Dept.)

Books/articles about Deren in the Berkeley Library

Divine Horsemen: the Living Gods of Haiti.
Maya Deren's film chronicles a journey into the world of the Voudoun religion of Haiti. A film by Maya Deren. Filmed in Haiti 1947-1951. he narration was adapted from the book by Maya Deren, Divine horsemen : the living gods of Haiti." 52 min. DVD 6393; vhs Video/C 1924

Maya Deren: (Collected) Experimental Films.
Contents: Meshes of the afternoon (1943) -- At land (1944) -- A Study in choreography for camera (1945) -- Ritual in transfigured time (1945) -- Meditation on violence (1948) -- The very eye of night (1952-59). Examples of Maya Deren's work evoke and exemplify the American avant-garde film movement of the 40's and 50's. 76 min. DVD 1431; vhs 999:437

Maya Deren. Volume 1: Dances for the Camera.
Contents: Study in choreography for the camera (1945) / Maya Deren and Talley Beatty -- Ritual in transfigured time (1946) / Maya Deren, Frank Westbrook -- Meditation on violence (1948) / Maya Deren, performed by Chao Li Chi -- Very eye of night (1955) / Maya Deren, performed by the Metropolitan Opera Ballet School, with choreography by Anthony Tudor. 50 min. Video/C 5294

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In the Mirror of Maya Deren
A documentary which combines excerpts from Maya Deren's films Meshes of the afternoon, At land, and Ritual in transfigured time with archival footage and observances from acolytes and contemporaries such as Stan Brakhage, Jonas Mekas, Katherine Dunn and Judith Malina. c2001. 101 min. vhs Video/C 9818
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Invocation: Maya Deren.
Profile of the life and work of Maya Deren, a pioneer producer of avant-garde films. Includes film clips of examples of her work. 53 min. Video/C 3350

Sabrina Dhawan

Saanjh (As Night Falls) (India, 2000)
Directed by Sabrina Dhawan. A crowded compartment on an Indian night train is beset by mob mentality when a low-caste mother discovers one of her twin babies has died en route. Succumbing to selfishness and supersitition her follow passengers bully the mother to dispose of the infant in the Ganges, in this potent and courageous examination of the moral implications of class, caste and cultural differences. 24 min. vhs 999:3287

Nana Djordjadze (Dzhordzhadze)

A Chef In Love (Mille et une recettes du cuisinier amoureux; Shekvarebuli kulinaris ataserti retsepti) (France / Georgia / Ukraine / Belgium, 1997)
Director, Nana Djordjadze. Cast: Pierre Richard, Micheline Presle, Nino Kirtadze Jean-Yves Gautier, Temour Kamkhadze. French chef Pascal Ichac travels to pre-Soviet Georgia to collect recipes. What he finds is a movable feast of food, music and festivals, along with an adventuresome travel companion, the princess Cecilia. But their romantic idyll is soon threatened by the barbarism of the Russian revolution. 100 min. 999:3517
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Doris Dörrie

Erleuchtung garantiert (Enlightenment Guaranteed) (1999)
Directed by Doris Dörrie. Cast: Uwe Ochsenknecht, Gustav-Peter W?ohler, Petra Zieser, Ulrike Kriener, Heiner Lauterbach, Anica Dobra, Pierre Sanoussi-Bliss. Uwe is a kitchen salesperson in Munich who likes his sleep and who loves his kids and has a very Western outlook on life. His brother Gustav is a Feng Shui consultant who structures his life around Zen meditation. When Uwe's wife leaves with the kids, Gustav takes him along on a trip to Japan, to the Monzen monastery near Tokyo. But not before getting separated and lost, and sleeping in a tent on a tennis court. Once at the monastery, they experience rising at 4:30 A.M., taking cold baths, cleaning the floor, and the elaborate unwrapping of eating utensils. Despite personal torment and sibling rivalry, the two brothers gradually give up "control" of their lives and learn to live in the present. 105 min. DVD X3647
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Manner... (Men) (West Germany, 1985)
Directed by Doris Dörrie. Cast: Uwe Ochsenknecht, Ulrike Kriener, Heiner Lauterbach, Janna Marangosoff, Marie-Charlotte Schuler. An uptight ad executive becomes very jealous when he learns that his wife is having an affair, so he befriends her lover and becomes his roommate, with hilarious consequences. 95 min. vhs 999:3151
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Germaine Dulac

Dulac bibliography

Seashell and the Clergyman (1928).
31 min. DVD 4095; DVD 4191; also on VHS Video 999:778; Video 999:838

The Smiling Madame Beudet (1928).
Smiling Madame Beaudet, one of the first feminist motion pictures, is the story of an intelligent woman trapped in a loveless marriage. 26 min. DVD X5062; Video 999:838

Cheryl Dunye

Greetings from Africa (1994)
Directed by Cheryl Dunye. In this short a lesbian, played by director Dunye, searches for someone to date. Then she meets L, a beautiful woman who leads her in and out of hot water. 8 min. DVD X2485; vhs 999:3345
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She Don't Fade(1991)
Shae Clark, a black lesbian played by director Dunye, expounds upon her sexuality and her approach to women. 24 min. DVD X2485; vhs Video/C 3287
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Stranger Inside. (TV, 2001)
Written and directed by Cheryl Dunye. Cast: Yolanda Ross, Davenia McFadden, Rain Phoenix, Ella Joyce, Conchata Ferrell, Lee Garlington, LaTonya T. Hagans, Medusa. Treasure Lee just moved out of "juvenile" into the State Pen. Now she needs to learn how the system works, search out where the power lies, and find herself a new lover. She soon meets Brownie, a jail-toughened lifer, who works through her extended family of loyal girls. The closer Treasure gets to Brownie, the more enemies she makes. 90 min. DVD 3368
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The Watermelon Woman. (1996)
Written and directed by Cheryl Dunye. Cheryl, a young black woman working in a video store, is making a documentary about an obscure black actress from the 1930's. When she discovers that the actress (known as "the Watermelon Woman") had a white lesbian lover, Cheryl finds a white women lover for herself. 79 min. DVD 3614; vhs 999:1830
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Interview with Cheryl Dunye in Lavender Limelight

Documentaries and Experimental Works by Dunye

Janine
The story of a black lesbian's relationship with a white, upper middle class high school girl. 1990. 9 min. DVD X2485
The Potluck and the Passion
Sparks fly as racial, sexual and social politics intermingle at a lesbian potluck. 1993. 22 min. DVD X2485
Vanilla Sex
Dunye's contribution to visual artist Shu Leah Cheng's video installation Those fluttering objects of desire. 1992. 4 min. DVD X2485
An Untitled Portrait
Dunye's relationship with her brother is examined in this mixture of appropriated film footage, super 8mm home movies & Dunye's special brand of humor. 1993. 4 min. DVD X2485

Interview with Dunye in Lavender Limelight

Marguerite Duras

India Song (France, 1974)
Directed by Marguerite Duras. A captivating, poetically crafed love story with an Indian setting. 114 min. 999:1087
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Screenplays and original works:

Hiroshima mon amour DVD 1716
The Lover (novel)DVD 3697; vhs 999:2285
The Malady of Death (story)DVD 6717

About:

Marguerite, A Reflection of Herself
A personal portrait of the great extremely prolific French writer Marguerite Duras. Between 1943 and 1995, Duras directed 19 films and wrote more than 70 novels, plays, movies and adaptations. Presented through home movies, archival footage, film extracts, readings, and television interviews filmed over many years. 2001. 61 min. Video/C 9786

Duras bibliography

Description from Icarus catalog

Marguerite Duras
In this vintage interview of the 20th century French author, Marguerite Duras, she talks openly about the hardship and the romance of her childhood in French Indochina, sharing how this period haunted her life and shaped her work. Excerpts from her films and readings from her books by actress Elizabeth Rider and Duras herself bring to life those formative years in Vietnam. Dist.: Films Media Group. 1985. 52 min. Video/C 6901

Julia Dyer

Late Bloomers (1996)
Directed by Julia Dyer. Cast: Connie Nelson, Dee Hennigan, Gary Carter, Lisa Peterson, Esteban Powell, Joe Nemmers. A romantic comedy in which high school basketball coach Dinah Groshardt falls for school secretary Carly Lumpkin, creating uproar from classroom to locker room and from the principal's office to the PTA. 104 min. DVD 1909
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Desiré Ecaré

Faces of Women (Visages de femmes) (France / Ivory Coast, 1985)
Directed by Desiré Ecaré. Cast: Sidiki Bakaba, Kouado Brou, Albertine NGuessan. Two politically and stylistically adventurous films exploring the links between feminism, economics and tradition in modern-day Africa. In these intriguing stories about women in today's Africa, the first film centers on a young woman who is unhappily married and is attracted to her visiting brother-in-law. The second story centers around a successful businesswoman who tries to open a new restaurant, but runs into difficulties that only her daughter's traditional wiles can solve. 103 min. Video/C 999:2105
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Christine Edzard

Little Dorrit (France, 1987)
Directed by Christine Edzard. Cast: Derek Jacobi, Alec Guinness, Joan Greenwood, Roshan Seth, Cyril Cusack, Sarah Pickering. In the second half of the story, Little Dorrit, we meet Amy Dorrit, a girl whose spirit soars, even in debtor's prison. When she takes a job in a decrepit old house, she uncovers a secret that changes the course of her life and that of Arthur Clennam, who risked his life to help her family. Based on the novel by Charles Dickens. 184 min. Video/C 1482
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Nadia El Fani

Bedwin Hacker (France / Morocco / Tunisia, 2002)
Directed by Nadia El Fani. Cast: Sonia Hamza, Muriel Solvay, Nadia Saiji, Tomer Sisley, Xaviers Desplas. From a remote mountain village in Tunisia a female hacker hijacks the airwaves in Northern Africa and France to broadcast political messages. When a French intelligence officer gets on the case, things quickly turn into a cat-and-mouse game as the two women play each other to get what they want. 99 min. DVD 5763
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Diane English

The Women(2008)
Directed by Diane English. Cast: Meg Ryan, Annette Bening, Eva Mendes, Debra Messing, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Bette Midler, Candice Bergen, Carrie Fisher, Cloris Leachman, Debi Mazar, India Ennenga. Clothing designer Mary Haines lives in a beautiful country home with her wealthy financier husband and their 11-year-old daughter. Her best friend Sylvie Fowler is the editor at a prominent fashion magazine. The women dictate the latest trends in taste and style for New York City fashionistas. When Mary's husband becomes involved with a perfume salesgirl at Saks Fifth Avenue, her friendship with Sylvie is put to the test. Everyone in their close-knit circle of friends begins to question their loyalty to each other and their romantic involvements. Based on the play by Clare Boothe Luce and the 1939 screenplay by Anita Loos and Jane Murfin.Special features: "The women behind The women" featurette; "The women, the legacy" featurette; 2 deleted scenes. 114 min. DVD X877
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Nora Ephron

Julie & Julia (2009)
Directed by Nora Ephron. Cast: Meryl Streep, Amy Adams, Stanley Tucci, Chris Messina, Linda Emond, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Jane Lynch, Frances Sternhagen, Helen Carey, Deborah Rush, Joan Juliet Buck, Vanessa Ferlito, Casey Wilson, Jillian Bach. A culinary legend provides a frustrated office worker with a new recipe for life in this true story of how Julia Child's life and cookbook "Mastering the Art of French Cooking" inspired fledgling writer Julie Powell to whip up 524 recipes in 365 days and introduce a new generation to the magic of French cooking. Based on the book "Julie & Julia" by Julie Powell and "My life in France" by Julia Child with Alex Prud'Homme. Special features: Commentary with writer/director Nora Ephron (optional English subtitled commentary); "Secret ingredients: creating Julie & Julia" featurette. 123 min.DVD X2429
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Awards

Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards - Best Actress (Meryl Streep)
Golden Globes - Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy (Meryl Streep)
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Actress (Meryl Streep)
San Francisco Film Critics Circle - Best Actress (Meryl Streep)

Michael (1996)
Director, Nora Ephron. Cast: John Travolta, Andie MacDowell, William Hurt, Bob Hoskins, Robert Pastorelli, Jean Stapleton. Two reporters from a Chicago-based tabloid, along with an "angel expert" are asked to travel to rural Iowa to investigate a claim from an old woman that she shares her motel with a real, live archangel named Michael. 106 min. DVD 9963
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Sleepless in Seattle (1993)
Directed by Nora Ephron, Cast: Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Ross Malinger, Rosie O'Donnell, Bill Pullman, Rob Reiner. After hearing a man confess his love for his dearly departed wife on a call-in radio show, a woman falls deeply, inexplicably in love with him. Deciding he is her destiny, she treks across country on a wildly romantic impulse to meet him. 105 min. DVD 7928
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You've Got Mail! (1998)
Directed by Nora Ephron. Cast: Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Parker Posey, Jean Stapleton, Dave Chappelle, Steve Zahn, Dabney Coleman, Greg Kinnear. A romance in which superstore book chain magnate Hanks and cozy children's bookshop owner Ryan are anonymous e-mail cyberpals who fall head-over-laptops in love, unaware that they are combative business rivals. 120 min. DVD 3016
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Screenplays:

Silkwood DVD 8913
When Harry met Sally DVD 1751

Maria Escobedo

Rum and Coke (2000)
Director, Maria Escobedo. Cast: Diana Marquis, Juan Carlos Hernandez, Christopher Marazzo, Jacqueline Torres, Kevin A. King. Linda is a bright, confident and independent daughter of Cuban immigrants who has vowed to stay away from all Latino men until she meets Jose, a handsome, aggressive and charming firefighter. 86 min. DVD 8728
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Valie Export

Menschenfrauen (Austria / West Germany, 1980)
Producer/director, Valie Export. Cast: Renee Felden, Maria Martina, Susanne Widl, Christiane von Aster, Klaus Wildbolz. Four women are either married to, pregnant by or in other ways attached to one man who, for a long time, gets understanding until, in the end, the four women revolt against him. 114 min. DVD X6909; vhs 999:1566
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Die Praxis der Liebe (Practice of Love) (West Germany / Austria, 1984)
Directed by Valie Export. Cast: Adelheid Arndt, Rudiger Vogler, Hagnot Elischka. Combines a thriller narrative with experimetal images to tell the story of Judith, a television journalist, whose investigation of murder implicates her two male lovers (an arms dealer and a psychiatrist). Through these relationships Judith discovers that in a world of male power struggles, love is complicit, marginal or impossible. The film makes a strong coherent indictment of male-dominated society. "Valie Export's third feature is an anti-romance in which the heroine, oscillating between two relationships, gradually discovers that both are impossible, not because the subjective processes of "love" are defective, but because the objective, social matrix in which both her male lovers operate is corrupt, immoral, murderous: in this film, the male world and its power structures cancel the possibility of love beyond the matter of sexuality, that is the objectification of love. Export makes use of techniques drawn from her earlier experimental cinema, video and conceptual photography to expand the possibilities of narrative feature filmmaking and to disintegrate some of its overdetermined conventions." -Gary Indiana 90 min. DVD X7252; DVD 7775 (PAL); vhs 999:619
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del Rio, Elena. "Politics and Erotics of Representation: Feminist Phenomenology and Valie Export's The Practice of Love." Discourse 2000 Spring, 22:2, 46-70.

Unsichtbare Gegner (Invisible Adversaries) (Austria, 1987)
Director and producer, Valie Export. Cast: Susanne Widl, Peter Weibel. Anna, a Viennese photographer, discovers that extra-terrestrial beings are colonizing the minds of her fellow citizens by raising the human aggression level. The outer world immediately becomes disjointed, but the inner world, too, as Anna and her lover try to hang on to their deteriorating relationship. 112 min. vhs 999:1567
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King, Homay. "Vision and Its Discontents: Valie Export's Invisible Adversaries. " Discourse 2000 Spring, 22:2, 25-45.
"Invisible adversaries." Camera Obscura nr 3-4 (Summer 1979); p 219-224.

Valie Export 3 Experimental Short Films.
Mann & Frau & Animal = Man & woman & animal (b&w and col., 9 min.) -- ...Remote...remote... (col., 10 min.) -- Syntagma (col., 17 min.) DVD 6229

Nadia Farès

Honey & Ashes (Miel et cendres) (Switzerland / Tunisia, 1996)
Directed by Nadia Fares. The lives of three disparate Tunisian women, united only by the treatment of their gender by their countrymen, intersect in this provocative drama that quietly protests the continued oppression of women in North African Moslem countries. 80 min. DVD 1440
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Pascale Ferran

Lady Chatterley (Belgium | France, 2006)
Directed by Pascale Ferran. Cast: Marina Hands, Jean-Louis Coulloc'h, Hippolyte Girardot. A young woman, unable to be intimate with her husband after his war injuries, seeks solace and physical passion in the arms of a gamekeeper. Based on the novel by D.H. Lawrence. Special features: 40 minutes of never-before-seen footage, interviews, commentary, and more. 201 min. DVD X3772
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Anne Fontaine

Coco avant Chanel (Coco Before Chanel) (France, 2009)
Directed by Anne Fontaine. Cast: Alessandro Nivola, Audrey Tautou, Emmanuelle Devos, Marie Gillain. Years after being abandoned at an orphanage by her father, Gabrielle Chanel finds a job in a tailor shop where she meets, and soon begins an affair with French millionaire Etienne Balsan. Through Baron Balsan she is introduced into French society and given the opportunity to design her own style of hats. Though her career takes off, her personal life becomes more complicated when she falls in love with Balsan's former best friend Arthur Capel. Adapted from the novel L'irreguliere by Edmonde Charles-Roux. Special features: Walking the red carpet: from Los Angeles to New York ; Coco before Chanel "La rencontre" ; the making of Coco before Chanel ; commentary with writer/director Anne Fontaine, theatrical trailer. 110 min. DVD X2737
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Besserglik, Bernard. "Coco Before Chanel" Film Journal International, Sep2009, Vol. 112 Issue 9, p35-35 UC users only
Ritterbusch, Rachel. "Anne Fontaine and Contemporary Women's Cinema in France." Rocky Mountain Review, Fall2008, Vol. 62 Issue 2, p68-81, 14pUC users only

Lisa France

Anne B. Real (1997)
Director, Lisa France. Cast: Carlos Leon, Eric Smith, Jackie Quinones, Sherri Saum, Geronimo Frias, Jr., Antonio Macia, Ja Nice Richardson, Ernie Hudson. When Cynthia's father hands her a copy of "The diary of Anne Frank" before dying, she never imagined how it would help to open her soul. Trapped within her own prison, in this coming of age story of a young female rapper, Cynthia finds the courage to stand up and fight for what is hers. 90 min. DVD 5627
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Raquel Freire

Rending (Rasganço; Cut People) (Portugal / France, 2000)
Directed by Raquel Freire. Cast: Ricardo Aibeo, Isabel Ruth, Ana Teresa Carvalhosa, Paula Marques, Ana Brandao, Ana Moreira, Ivo Ferreira. The film's title "Rasganco" (Cut people) refers to a sinister student rite in the university town of Coimbra during the end-of-term festivities. 100 min. Non-US (PAL) format DVD 5218
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Su Friedrich

Damned If You Do
A vivid drama of a young nun fighting a loosing battle with her sexual desires. Full of intrigue and suspense, the film explores lesbianism among nuns combining experimental elements, among them the trial of a 17th century nun accused of lesbian relations and the deconstruction of the classic nun film "Black Narcissus." c1987. 42 min. DVD 4706; also VHS 999:3343

First Comes Love
Wedding preparations and ceremonies of three heterosexual couples, interspersed with written statements on which countries do not allow homosexual marriage, and also the statement that in 1990 Denmark was the first country to legalize homosexual marriage. Uses no spoken words, but instead the words and songs of Janis Joplin, the Beatles, Aretha Franklin, Linda Ronstadt and others. A film by by Su Friedrich. 1991. 22 min. Video/C 9084

Hide and Seek
Mixes documentary and fiction to create a portrait of lesbian adolescence in 1960's America. The fictional narrative tells the story of 12-year-old Lou, coming to terms with her sexuality. Her story is woven between interviews with twenty adult lesbians who recount moments from their own childhoods. Also includes more than 100 photographs of lesbians when they were young girls and archival footage from educational films and home movies. A film by Su Friedrich. c1996. 64 min. DVD 4701; also VHS Video/C 9134

Lesbian Avengers Eat Fire Too
A documentation of the activities of the Lesbian Avengers, a lesbian activist group based in the New York City area. In it is shown how lesbians are demonstrating, by means of marches, rallies and other methods, for equal rights for lesbians, and for getting across the message that lesbians are just ordinary human beings like everybody else. 2005. 55 min. DVD 4703

The Odds of Recovery.
The filmmaker documents her personal journey through illnesses, surgeries and problems she encounters with the medical establishment. She strongly feels that these problems also affected the sexual relationship with her lesbian companion. Alternative treatments to solve her medical problems included tai chi and acupuncture, gardening and embroidery. A film by Su Friedrich. 2005. 65 min. DVD 4700

Seeing Red.
Using three elements, monologue, montage and music, Friedrich takes a look back at her evolution both as a woman and as an artist. The film oscillates between these personal reflections and footage of the color red in its many shades and forms. These elements are united through Bach's The Goldberg Variations, a calming piano piece that punctuates the movement of life. Though at times dark and cynical, Friedrich often brings us to laughter in discussing her existential dilemmas, making us realize that they are also our own. 27 min. DVD 6292

Sink or Swim.
A compelling account of the immutable, highly charged relationship between a father and daughter. A young girl narrates twenty-six short stories which recount memories of a father she both fears and admires. 48 min. DVD 4702; also VHS Video/C 4905

The Ties That Bind.
An experimental film which relates the experiences of the filmmaker's mother who lived as a child and young woman in Nazi Germany. 55 min. DVD 4703; also VHS Video/C 4388

Sonia Fritz

An Everyday Story (Una historia común) (Puerto Rico, 2004)
Directed by Sonia Fritz. Cast: Marisol Calero, Jaime Bello, Rene Monclava. Set in a Caribbean country, this drama depicts changes that happen to a married couple when they're confronted by the arrival of the wife's old flame, thought to have died years ago in Vietnam and by another visitor, an Argentine writer. The film demonstrates "how something solid and settled is really fragile and breaks." 90 min. DVD X6978
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Nisha Ganatra

Chutney Popcorn (1999)
Directed by Nisha Ganatra. Cast: Mahdur Jaffrey, Sakina Jaffrey, Nick Chinlund, Jill Hennessy, Cara Buono, Ajay Naidu, Alisa Mast, Pricilla Lopez. Lisa and Reena are in love, but when Reena agrees to become a surrogate mother for her childless sister, the cultural divide between Reena's Indian family and their lesbian lifestyle hits home. A heartfelt comedy about the cultural struggles between immigrant parents and their Americanized children and the strength of family ties. 92 min. DVD 800
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Arora, Anupama. "Rituals of Queer Diaspora in Nisha Ganatra's Chutney Popcorn." South Asian Popular Culture, Apr2007, Vol. 5 Issue 1, p31-43, UC users only
Ghosh, Monica. "What you hear..., what you see... that's not all you get." Asian Cinema, 2002, Vol. 13 Issue 2, p24-38, 15p
West, Dennis; West, Joan M. "Dishing Up Comedy Spiced with Chutney." Cineaste, 2001, Vol. 26 Issue 2, p38, 3p, UC users only

Maria Joao Ganga

Hollow City (Na cidade vazia)(Angola / Portugal, 2004)
Directed by Maria João Ganga. N'dala is an orphan from the Angolan province of Bie, a flashpoint in the rebellion that incited Angola's brutal civil war. In 1991 N'dala is airlifted by missionaries to the port city of Luanda, Angola's capital. He slips away from the nuns at the airport, choosing the solitude of the streets of the old city, but he is not prepared for living by his wits. His wandering leads N'dala to the beach where he takes shelter in an old fisherman's shack, but he is haunted by nightmares of the assault that left his family dead, and he soon disappears into the shanty-town neighborhoods of the city. Each step N'dala takes into the dark streets of the city leads him farther from his home. 88 min. DVD 5810
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Sarah Gavron

Brick Lane (UK / India, 2007)
Directed by Sarah Gavron. Cast: Tannishtha Chatterjee, Satish Kaushik, Christopher Simpson. Follows the life of Nazneen a young Muslim girl who leaves her Bangladeshi village after an arranged marriage at seventeen. She and her husband move to London's East End. There she tries to devote herself to duty and family, yet is drawn to Karim, a young hothead. The story is set in 1980s Britain, during a climate of rising racial tensions. Based on the novel by Monica Ali. 102 min. DVD X1115
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Katja Georgi

Die Trick-Fabrik : DEFA-Animationsfilme 1955-1990 / Ralf Schenk, Sabine Scholze (Red.) ; mit Beitragen von Jorg Herrmann ... [et al.]. Berlin : Bertz, c2003.(MAIN: PN1999.D4 T75 2003)

Es waren einmal drei Schwestern (Once Upon a Time There Were Three Sisters) (East Germany, 1988)
Directed by Katja Georgi. Animated puppet films of German fairy tales. Three sisters, one after the other, come to a spring which is in reality an enchanted young man who can only be transformed by marriage. All three of the girls give him their word, but only one keeps her promise. In German without subtitles. PAL format. 17 min. vhs 999:2620

Urwaldmarchen (Jungle Fairy Tale) (East Germany, 1977)
Directed by Katja Georgi. Animated puppet films of German fairy tales. A timid young dragon makes friends with a peasant boy who asks the dragon to help him restore a bird to a princess. Together they fight the evil witch to rescue the princess' bird, and in the battle the young dragon gains confidence in himself. In German without subtitles. PAL format. 15 min. vhs 999:2621

Vom faulen Topfer und dem fleissigen Wäscher (Concerning the Lazy Potter and the Industrious Laundryman.) (East Germany, 1977)
Directed by Katja Georgi. Animated puppet films of German fairy tales. A timid young dragon ma The lazy potter was very envious of the industrious laundryman so he sets out to ruin his reputation with the king by reporting that the laundryman is so clever he can make a grey elephant white. When the king makes his demand the laundryman turns the tables by demanding he be supplied with a pot large enough to hold an elephant. In German without subtitles. PAL format. 15 min. vhs 999:2621

Zwerg Nase (Dwarf Nose) (East Germany, 1985)
Director, Katja Georgi. An animated puppet film of a German fairy tale. After unwisely insulting a disagreeable old woman in the market, Jacob is persuaded to help carry her purchases home and unknowingly falls under a spell that lasts seven years and drastically changes his appearance. In German; PAL format. 38 min. vhs 999:2614

Jill Godmilow

Waiting for the Moon. (UK / France / USA / West Germany, 1987)
Directed by Jil Godmilow. Cast: Linda Hunt, Linda Bassett, Bernadette Lafont, Bruce McGill, Jacques Boudet, Andrew McCarthy. An engrossing and fascinating exploration of the complex relationship of Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas during a three-month period in 1936. 101 min. DVD 5518
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Sundance Festival: Grand Jury Prize - Dramatic Work (1987)

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Far From Poland DVD 8901; vhs Video/C 4626
Lear '87 Archive DVD 1041
What Farocki Taught Video/C 5820
What's Underground About Marshmallows? Ron Vawter performs Jack Smith Video/C 7819
Roy Cohn/Jack Smith Video/C 7682
Nevelson in Process Video/C 1099

Sara Gómez (Gómez Yera)

De Cierta Manera (Cuba, 1977)
Directed by Sara Gómez Yera. Set in a new housing project replacing a slum area just outside Havana, three young people try to readjust their lives to the new social order of Fidel Castro's Cuba in this fascinating cinematic mix of documentary and fiction. 79 min. DVD 6577 [preservation copy]; vhs 999:3384
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Marleen Gorris

Antonia (Antonia's Line) (Netherlands / Belgium / UK, 1995)
Directed by Marleen Gorris. Cast: Willeke van Ammelrooy, Els Dottermans, Jan Decleir. Set in the Netherlands this is a remarkable portrait of a family and a community, of mothers and daughters, and of one indomitable woman. Earthy, sexy, romantic, filled with laughter and warmth, it's a joyous celebration of simple pleasures and enduring passions. 102 min. DVD 8446; vhs 999:1645
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Awards
Academy Award - Best Foreign Language Film

Gillett, Sue. "Just Women: Marlene Gorris's Antonia's Line." Senses of Cinema, vol. 17, pp. (no pagination), November 2001
Jaehne, Karen. "Antonia's Line." Film Quarterly 50.n1 (Fall 1996): 27(4).
Sellery, J'Nan Morse. "Women's communities and the magical realist gaze of Antonia's Line." West Virginia University Philological Papers (Fall 2001): 115(10).
Sklar, Robert. "Marlene Gorris: The Lighter Side of Feminism." In: The Cineaste interviews 2 : on the art and politics of the cinema / Gary Crowdus, Dan Georgakas. Chicago : Lake View Press, c2002. (Main Stack PN1998.2.C51 2002; PFA PN1998.2.C51 2002)
Spencer, Liese. "Antonia's line/Antonia." Sight and Sound 6.n9 (Sept 1996): 34(2).

Mrs. Dalloway(UK / USA / Netherlands, 1997)
Director Marleen Gorris. Cast: Vanessa Redgrave, Natascha McElhone, Rupert Graves, Michael Kitchen, Alan Cox, Lena Headey, Amelia Bullmore, Sarah Badel, Phyllis Calvert, Oliver Ford Davies, Robert Hardy, Robert Portal, John Standing, Margaret Tyzack. As Clarissa Dalloway prepares for an elaborate party, she remembers another summer in the past, when she was a beautiful young woman. Her preparations are interrupted by the unexpected arrival of a former suitor from that long-ago summer. As the day of the party unfolds, Mrs. Dalloway's life also becomes strangely intertwined with a young man she never meets, but whose tragic fate strikes a chord of truth, deep in her soul, that she cannot deny. Based upon the novel by Virginia Woolf. 97 min. DVD 9151; vhs Video/C 999:2172
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A Question of Silence (De Stilte rond Christine M.)(Netherlands, 1983)
Director, Marleen Gorris. Cast: Edda Barends, Nelly Frijda, Cox Habbema, Henriette Tol. A female psychiatrist is appointed by a judge to evaluate three women who, strangers to each other, have each confessed to the murder of the same man. Their rage toward and hatred of their male-dominated society is gradually understood by the psychiatrist, who begins to question her own nature. 97 min. Video/C 999:1829
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Elsley, Judy. "Laughter as Feminine Power in The Color Purple and A Question of Silence.'" In: New perspectives on women and comedy / edited by Regina Barreca. Philadelphia : Gordon and Breach, c1992. (Main Stack PS430.N49 1992)
Ramanathan, Geetha. "Murder as speech: narrative subjectivity in Marleen Gorris' 'A Question of Silence.'." Genders n15 (Winter 1992 n15): 58(14).
Sklar, Robert. "Marlene Gorris: The Lighter Side of Feminism." In: The Cineaste interviews 2 : on the art and politics of the cinema / Gary Crowdus, Dan Georgakas. Chicago : Lake View Press, c2002. (Main Stack PN1998.2.C51 2002; PFA PN1998.2.C51 2002)
Smelik, Anneke. "And the mirror cracked: metaphors of violence in the films of Marleen Gorris." Women's Studies International Forum 16.n4 (July-August 1993): 349(15).
Williams, Linda. "A Jury of Their Peers: Marleen Gorris's A Question of Silence." In: Multiple voices in feminist film criticism / Diane Carson, Linda Dittmar, and Janice R. Welsch, editors. Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, c1994. (Main Stack PN1995.9.W6.M82 1994; Moffitt PN1995.9.W6.M82 1994)

Debra Granik

Winter's Bone (2010)
Directed by Debra Granik. Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, John Hawkes, Kevin Breznahan, Dale Dickey, Garret Dillahunt, Sheryl Lee, Lauren Sweetser, Tate Taylor. Seventeen-year-old Ree Dolly sets out to track down her father who put their house up for his bail bond and then disappeared. If she fails to find him, she and her family will be turned out into the Ozark woods. Challenging her outlaw kin's code of silence and risking her life, Ree hacks through the lies, evasions, and threats offered up by her relatives and begins to piece together the truth. Based on the novel by Daniel Woodrell. Special features: Audio commentary with director Debra Granik and director of photography Michael McDonough ; the making of... ; alternate opening ; deleted scenes ; Hardscrabble elegy / composed and performed by Dickon Hinchliffe ; music credits ; theatrical trailer. 100 min. DVD X4794
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Awards
Sundance Film Festival - Grand Jury Prize; Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award

Maggie Greenwald

The Ballad of Little Jo (1993)
Director, Maggie Greenwald. Cast: Cast: Suzy Amis, Bo Hopkins, Ian McKellen, David Chung, Rene Auberjonois, Carrie Snodgress. Based on a true story, this is the tale of Josephine Monaghan, a young woman of the mid-19th century who is thrown out of her parents' home after being seduced by the family's portrait photographer and giving birth to an illegitimate child. Josephine quickly learns that young, female, pretty, and alone are a bad combination for life in the wild west. In her desperation to survive, Josephine disguises herself as "Jo", a young man, and struggles to make a life for herself in a dingy frontier mining town. Can "Little Jo" live and love without revealing his/her secret? David Chung plays an old west Chinese miner (Tinman Wong) who is rescued from a lynch mob by Little Jo (Suzy Amis). The pair end up as lovers. 122 min. DVD 2308
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Brower, Sue. ""They'd Kill Us if They Knew": Transgression and the Western." Journal of Film and Video 62:4 (Winter 2010) UC users only
Chen, Chiung Hwang. "Feminization of Asian (American) Men in the U.S. Mass Media: An Analysis of The Ballad of Little Jo." Journal of Communication Inquiry 1996 20(2): 57-71.
Modleski, Tania. "Our Heroes Have Sometimes Been Cowgirls: An Interview with Maggie Greenwald." Film Quarterly, vol. 49, no. 2, pp. 2-11, Winter 1995 UC users only
Modleski, Tania. "A Woman's Gotta Do ... What a Man's Gotta Do? Cross-Dressing in the Western." Signs, vol. 22, no. 3, pp. 519-44, Spring 1997 UC users only
Natharius, David; Dobkin, Bethami A. "Feminist Visions of Transformation in The Ballad of Little Jo, The Piano, and Orlando." Women and Language, vol. 25, no. 1, pp. 9-17, Spring 2002

LauriceGuillen

American Adobo (Philippines / USA, 2001)
Director, Laurice Guillen. Cast: Christopher de Leon, Dina Bonnevie, Ricky Davao, Cherry Pie Picache, Paolo Montalban, Randy Becker, Keesha Sharp, Gloria Romero. A story of five filipino American friends living in New York City, conflicted with their life choices and destinies, as they party away - sharing laughs, secrets, recipes and romance. An uniquely American story about what it means to be an immigrant in a land where it seems everyone is searching for an identity. 103 min. DVD 1656
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Iris Gusner

Das Blaue Licht (Blue Light) (East Germany, 1976)
Director, Iris Gusner. Farmer Jack is cheated out of his pay by the evil king. But one day he meets a witch who asks him to retrieve a blue light which she has dropped into a well. He does so but refuses to give it to her and discovers its magical powers: a dwarf appears who must serve whoever has the light. Jack sets off to see the king and when he is sent away empty-handed again he abducts the king's daughter who has to serve him as a maid. In German without subtitles. 60 min. Video/C 7253
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Alice Guy-Blaché

Alice Guy Blaché : cinema pioneer / edited by Joan Simon ; with contributions by Jane Gaines ... [et al.]. New Haven, [Conn.] : Yale University Press ; New York : Whitney Museum of American Art, c2009. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.3.G89 A78 2009)
Guy, Alice. The memoirs of Alice Guy Blaché / translated by Roberta and Simone Blaché; edited by Anthony Slide Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow press, c1996. (Main (Gardner) Stacks; Moffitt; PFA PN1998.A3 G97131 1986 PN1998.3.G89 A3 1996)
Hastie, Amelie. "Circuits of memory and history: The memoirs of Alice Guy-Blaché." In: A feminist reader in early cinema / edited by Jennifer M. Bean and Diane Negra. Durham : Duke University Press, 2002. (Main (Gardner) Stacks; PFA PN1995.9.W6 F467 2002)
McMahan, Alison. Alice Guy Blaché: lost visionary of the cinema / Alison McMahan. New York : Continuum, 2002. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.3.G89 M39 2002)

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See also America's First Women Filmmakers

Alice Guy
Compilation of all the films of Alice Guy from 1907-1913, arranged by year in chronological order. Looking for Alice : A documentary on the life of Alice Guy, the first woman director in the history of cinema. Through her talents and strong character, Guy became director and producer of Gaumont Studios. In 1910, she crossed the Atlantic with her husband Herbert Blaché and founded Solaxe film studios in New Jersey. Contents: The glu pot (1907) -- Greater love hath no man (1911) -- Falling leaves (1912) -- The detective's dog (1912) -- The girl in the armchair (1912) -- The pit and the pendulum (1913) A house divided (1913) -- Matrimony speed limit (1913) -- Looking for Alice (2008). DVD X3535

Gaumont Treasures: 1897-1913
This collection looks at pioneering French filmmakers from the Gaumont studio, with extensive examples of their work. Few individual artists have exerted as profound an influence upon the evolution of cinema as Alice Guy (later known as Guy-Blaché). With this collection of more than 60 films, culled from the world's leading archives and carefully mastered, Guy may no longer be seen as a "woman filmmaker." These films, produced by Guy for Gaumont before she moved to the U.S., reveal her to be an unqualified pioneer of motion pictures.

Contents Disc 1: Fisherman at the stream = Pêcheur dans le torrent (1897) -- Bathing in a stream = Baignade dans un torrent (1897) -- Serpentine dance = Bob Walter, Danse serpentine (1897) -- Turn-of-the-century blind man = Aveugle fin de siècle (1898) -- At the hypnotist's = Chez le magnétiseur (1898) -- Burglars = Cambrioleurs (1898) -- Disappearing act = Scène d'escamotage (1898) -- Surprise attack on a house at daybreak = Surprise d'une maison au petit jour (1898) -- At the club = Au cabaret (1899) -- Wonderful absinthe = Bonne absinthe (1899) Avenue de l'Opera (1900) -- Automated hat-maker and sausage-grinder = Chapellerie et charcuterie automatiques (1900) -- At the photographer's = Chez le photographe (1900) -- Dance of the seasons: winter, snow dance = Danse des saissons: L'Hiver, danse de la neige (1900) -- Landlady = Concierge (1900) -- Turn-of-the-century surgery = Chirurgie fin de siècle (1900) -- Pierrette's escapades = Fredaines de Pierette (1900) -- At the floral ball, featuring Miss Lally and Miss Julyett of the Olympia = Mesdemoiselles Lally et Julyett de l'Olympia, au bal de flore (1900) -- Cabbage-patch fairy = Fée aux choux (1900) Serpentine dance by Lina Esbrard = Lina Esbrard, Danse serpentine (1902) -- Midwife to the upper class = Sage-femme de première classe (1902) -- Untimely intrusion = Intervention malencontreuse (1902) -- Miss Dundee and her performing dogs = Miss Dundee et ses chiens savants (1902) -- How monsieur takes his bath = Comment Monsieur prend son bain (1903) -- Faust and Mephistopheles = Faust et Méphistophélès (1903) O'Mers in 'The Bricklayers' = O'Mers dans 'Les Maçons' (1905) -- Statue = La statue (1905) -- Magician's alms = Charité du prestidigitateur (1905) -- Clown, dog and balloon = Clown, chien et ballon (1905) -- Spain = Espagne (1905) -- Tango =Le Tango (1905) -- Malagueña and the bullfighter = Malagueña et le torero (1905) -- Cook & Rilly's trained rooster = Coq dressé de Cook et Rilly (1905) -- Cake walk, performed by Nouveau Cirque = Le Cake Walk du Nouveau Cirque (1905) -- Alice Guy films a 'Phonoscène' in the studio at Buttes-Chaumont, Paris = Alice Guy tourne une phonoscène sur le théâtre de pose des Buttes-Chaumont (1905) Saharet performs the Bolero = Saharet, Boléro (1905) -- Polin performs 'The anatomy of a draftee' = Polin, L'Anatomie du conscrit (1905) -- Dranem performs 'The true jiu-jitsu' = Dranem, Le Vrai Jiu-jitsu (1905) -- Dranem performs 'Five o'clock tea' = Dranem, Five O'clock tea (1905) -- Félix Mayol performs 'Indiscreet questions' = Félix Mayol, Questions indiscrètes (1905) -- Félix Mayol performs 'The Trottins' polka' = Félix Mayol, La Polka des trottins (1905) -- Félix Mayol performs 'White lilacs' = Félix Mayol, Lilas-Blanc (1905) Birth, the life and the death of Christ = Naissance, la vie et la mort du Christ (1906) -- Obstacle course = Course d'obstacle (1906) -- Madame's cravings = Madame a des envies (1906) -- Sticky woman = Femme collante (1906) -- Hierarchies of love = Hiérarchie dans l'amour (1906) -- Cruel mother = Marâtre (1906) -- Story well spun = Histoire roulante (1906) -- Drunken mattress = Matelas épeliptique (1906) -- Parish priest's Christmas = Noël de Monsieur le curé (1906) -- Truth behind the ape-man = Vérité sur l'homme-singe (1906) -- Consequences of feminism = Résultats du féminisme (1906) -- Ocean studies = Effets de mer 1906) -- Game-keeper's son = Fils du garde-chasse 1906) -- Race for the sausage = Course à la saucisse (1907) -- Glue = Glu (1907) -- Fur hat = Bonnet à poil (1907) -- Cleaning man = Frotteur (1907) -- Four-year-old hero = Héroïne de quatre ans (1907) -- Rolling bed = Lit à roulettes (1907) -- Irresistible piano = Piano irrésistible (1907) -- On the barricade = Sur la barricade (1907) -- Dirigible 'Homeland' = Ballon dirigeable 'Le Patrie' (1907). DVD X2028

A House Divided (1913)
Director, Alice Guy-Blaché. An estranged husband and wife agree to live separately together with comic results. 14 min. DVD 645; vhs 999:1024
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Making an American Citizen (1912)
Directed by Alice Guy-Blaché. 10:47 min. DVD 9638

Matrimony's Speed Limit (1913)
Director, Alice Guy-Blaché. A young businessman thinks he must marry before noon in order to inherit a fortune. 14 min. DVD 645; vhs 999:1024
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The Ocean Waif (1916)
Director, Alice Guy-Blaché. Cast: Doris Kenyon, Caryle Blackwell, William Morris, Fraunie Fraunholz, Dyne Donaldson. In this film parody of the Pygmalion love story an abused young woman finds safety and eventually love in the arms of a famous novelist. 41 min. DVD 9796; vhs Video/C 999:2658
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Ally Acker presents an archival journey from 1896 to the present of the pioneering female filmmakers who transformed the movies and challenged the industry. Using rare clips and interviews she recounts a ground-breaking herstory of Hollywood directors, screenwriters, producers, editors and executives left out of the history books. Featuring: Lillian Gish, Sherry Lansing, Ida Lupino, Euzhan Palcy, June Mathis, Lenore Coffee, Grace Cunard, Mary Pickford, Alice Guy Blache, Lois Weber, Dorothy Arzner, Nell Shipman, Frances Marion, Anita Loos, Mae West, Virginia Van Upp, Maya Deren, Germaine Dulac, Elaine May, Claudia Weill, Susan Seidelman, Sherry Lansing, Dede Allen. Based on the book: Reel Women: Pioneers of the Cinema, 1896 to the Present by Ally Acker (Main Stack PN1998.2.A24 1991) 1993. 55 min. Video/C 9416

The Lost Garden: The Life and Cinema of Alice Guy-Blache.
Explores the life of pioneer filmmaker Alice Guy-Blache, who in 1910, while married and with her first child, founded her own production company, Solax. Includes television interviews from the sixties, interviews with her relatives and film historians as well as photographs and excerpts from her films. Directed by Marquise Lepage. 1995. 53 min. DVD X4590; Video/C 4743

The Silent Feminists: America's First Women Directors
Unbeknownst to many, women have been directing feature films since the silent era of the American film industry. Such directors as Lois Weber, Frances Marion, Dorothy Arzner, Kathlyn Williams and Alice Guy Blache were a significant presence in the early days of Hollywood. Utilizing film clips, rare photos and interviews with survivors of the era, this documentary pays fond tribute to these pioneers. Dist.: Direct Cinema. c1993. 45 min. Video/C 8986

Randa Haines

Children of a Lesser God (1986)
Directed by Randa Haines. Cast: William Hurt, Marlee Matlin, Piper Laurie, Philip Bosco. A love story about John Leeds, an idealistic special education teacher, and a headstrong deaf girl named Sarah. At first, Leeds sees Sarah as a teaching challenge. But soon their relationship blossoms into a love so passionate it shatters the barrier of silence that keeps them apart. 118 min. DVD 427
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Dance with Me (1998)
Directed by Randa Haines. Cast: Vanessa L. Williams, Chayanne, Kris Kristofferson, Jane Krakowski, Beth Grant, Joan Plowright. Rafael, a young Cuban whose mother has just died, comes to the United States to meet his father, who runs a dance studio and is unaware of his paternal status. While dancers prepare for the World Open Dance championship in Las Vegas, it becomes clear that Rafael is a very good dancer, and Ruby is the studio's best hope for the championship. 127 min. DVD 7287
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The Jilting of Granny Weatherall (TV, 1980)
Directed by Randa Haines. Cast: Geraldine Fitzgerald, Lois Smith. Based on the story of the same title by Katherine Anne Porter, about a matriarch who on her deathbed struggles to resolve tormenting memories of her past. 57 min. Video/C 789
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Tanya Hamilton

Night Catches Us (2009)
Directed by Tanya Hamilton. Cast: Anthony Mackie, Kerry Washington, Jamie Hector, Wendell Pierce, Ron Simons, Tariq Trotter, Jamara Griffin, Amari Cheatom. In 1976, complex political and emotional forces are set in motion when a young man returns to the race-torn Philadelphia neighborhood where he came of age during the Black Power movement. 90 min. DVD X5216
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Sanaa Hamri

Something New (2006)
Director Sanaa Hamri. Cast: Sanaa Lathan, Simon Baker, Mike Epps, Donald Faison, Blair Underwood, Wendy Rachel Robinson, Golden Brooks, Taraji P. Henson, Alfre Woodard. A beautiful L.A. career woman, Kenya works as a senior manager at a prestigious accounting firm, and is on the verge of making partner. But she has yet to find her own partner and a fulfilling personal life. After another Valentine's Day spent working late, Kenya agrees to a blind date with Brian, a free-spirited landscape architect who is not exactly what she'd pictured for herself. But it's when her perfect match, Mark, enters the picture that Kenya is truly thrown into confusion and ultimately, must decide what she truly wants. Special features: An introduction to the film by Blair Underwood; "The do's and dont's of dating": from lust to love, the cast of 'Something New' gives everyone something to laugh about with their hilarious insights on the dating scene; the making-of 'Something New': go behind the scenes with the cast and crew and see exclusive never-before-seen footage from the set. 100 min. DVD 9568
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Catherine Hardwicke

Thirteen (2003)
Directed by Catherine Hardwicke. Cast: Holly Hunter, Evan Rachel Wood, Nikki Reed, Jeremy Sisto, Brady Corbet, Deborah Kara Unger, Kip Pardue, Sarah Clarke, D.W. Moffett. Los Angeles teenager and overachiever Tracy is an excellent student in her seventh grade class and gets along well with her mother, Melanie. She fears that she's not cool enough to be friends with Evie, the most popular girl in school. Fueled with adolescent energy, Tracy follows Evie's lead into the harsh realities of sex, drugs, and hard-edged adventure. Consumed with temptations and conflicting desires, Tracy loses her good-girl identity, greatly affecting her relationship with her mom. 100 min. DVD 2266
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Awards
Sundance Film Festival - Directing Award, Dramatic

Karlyn, Kathleen Rowe. "Film as Cultural Antidote: Thirteen and the Maternal Melodrama." Feminist Media Studies, vol. 6, no. 4, pp. 453-68, December 2006UC users only

Twilight (2008)
Directed by Catherine Hardwicke. Cast: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Billy Burke, Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser, Cam Gigandet, Ashley Greene, Anna Kendrick, Nikki Reed, Taylor Lautner, Kellah Lutz, Jackson Rathbone, Michael Welch, Gil Birmingham, Justin Chon, Christian Serratos, Jose Zuniga, Rachel Lefevre, Edi Gathegi, Sarah Clarke. Bella Swan is a clumsy, kind hearted teenager with a knack for getting into trouble. Edward Cullen is an intelligent, good looking vampire who is trying to hide his secret. Against all odds, the two fall in love but will a pack of blood thirsty trackers and the disapproval of their family and friends separate them? Based on the novel "Twilight" by Stephenie Meyer. Special features: [Disc 1] Audio commentary with Catherine Hardwick, Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart; "Supermassive Black Hole" performed by Muse; "Decode" music video by Paramore; "Leave out all the Rest" music video by Linkin Park; extended scenes: Are people talking about the Cullens again?; James let's not play with our food; You don't know how it's tortured me; A hundred years worth of journals; Don't read Charlie's mind; [Disc 2] Deleted scenes with director's introduction; The adventure begins: the journey from page to screen; The comic-con phenomenon ; theatrical campaign. 122 min. DVD X1646
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Backstein, Karen. "(Un)safe Sex: Romancing the Vampire." Cineaste; Winter2009, Vol. 35 Issue 1, p38-41, 4p UC users only
Chen, Sophie. "Bloodlust". Psychology Today; Nov/Dec2009, Vol. 42 Issue 6, p18-18 UC users only
Edwards, Kim. "Good Looks and Sex Symbols: The Power of the Gaze and the Displacement of the Erotic In Twilight." Screen Education, Autumn2009, Issue 53, p26-32, 7p UC users only
Jackson, Kevin; Bell, James. "The Vampire Next Door." Sight & Sound; Nov2009, Vol. 19 Issue 11, p40-44, 4p UC users only
Lancaster, Chloe. "Twilight." Journal of Creativity in Mental Health; 2009, Vol. 4 Issue 3, p289-292, 4p UC users only
Natoli, Joseph. "The Twittering of Twilight." Journal of Popular Culture; Aug2010, Vol. 43 Issue 4, p671-680, 10p UC users only

Leslie Harris

Just Another Girl on the I.R.T (1992)
Directed by Leslie Harris. Cast: Ariyan A. Johnson, Kevin Thigpen, Ebony Jerido, Jerard Washington, Chiquita Jackson, Kisha Richardson. A black teenage girl living in Brooklyn dreams of medical school, a family, and an escape from the generational poverty of the inner city. Her dreams are put on hold when she becomes pregnant by her boyfriend. 97 min. DVD X439
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Mary Harron

American Psycho (2000)
Directed by Mary Harron. Cast: Christian Bale, Willem Dafoe, Jared Leto, Josh Lucas, Samantha Mathis, Matt Ross, Bill Sage, Chloe Sevigny, Cara Seymour, Justin Theroux, Guinevere Turner, Reese Witherspoon.A young, handsome man with a Harvard education, a stunning fiancee and success on Wall Street appears to have everything. But his circle of friends doesn't know his other side of terrible urges that take him in pursuit of women, greed, and murder. Based on the novel by Bret Easton Ellis. 101 min. DVD 3528
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I Shot Andy Warhol. (1996)
Directed by Mary Harron. Starring Lili Taylor, Jared Harris, Stephen Dorff, Lothaire Bluteau, Martha Plimpton, Anna Thompson. A docudrama of the cultural whirlwind of events surrounding Valerie Solanas' shooting of pop-art superstar Andy Warhol. Solanis arrived in mid- 60's New York City with a single-minded mission: to spread the word on female superiority. She became a fringe member of the psychedelic entourage surrounding Andy Warhol but when her feminist zeal grew too bizarre and violent, even for this avant-garde circle, the consequences were explosive. 104 min. DVD 8552; vhs 999:1600
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Harron, Mary. I shot Andy Warhol / Mary Harron and Daniel Minahan. New York : Grove Press, c1996. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1997 .I19 1996)

The Notorious Bettie Page. (2005)
Directed by Mary Harron. Cast: Gretchen Mol, Chris Bauer, Jared Harris, Sarah Paulson, Cara Seymour, David Strathairn, Lili Taylor. Bettie Page grew up in a conservative religious family in Tennessee and became a photo model sensation in 1950s New York. Bettie's legendary pin-up photos made her the target of a Senate investigation into pornography, and transformed her into an erotic icon who continues to enthrall fans to this day. Bonus features: Audio commentary with Gretchen Mol, writer/director Mary Harron and writer Guinevere Turner; an inside look at the "Pin-up queen of the universe"; theatrical trailer; presenting Bettie Page: a provocative performance, starring Bettie herself. 90 min. DVD 6467
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Roger Ebert & Mary Harron.
look into the creative process of independent filmmaking. The first episode features a conversation with Roger Ebert, Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic for the Chicago Sun Times, best know for his long-term partnership with Gene Siskel on the series "At the movies." He also penned the notorious Russ Meyer cult favorite "Beyond the valley of the dolls." Then, director and screenwriter Mary Harron (I shot Andy Warhol) in an interview with B. Ruby Rich, shares her different experiences with independent and studio filmmaking. Video/C MM103

Jessica Hausner

Hotel (Austria, 2004)
Director, Jessica Hausner. Cast: Franziska Weisz, Birgit Minichmayr, Marlene Streeruwitz, Peter Strauss, Rosa Waissnix. Irene is hired as a desk clerk at a luxury hotel in Austria following the disappearance of Eva Stein, who had previously held the position. Having moved to the city to take the job, Irene takes a room in the hotel for the meantime, and is eager to learn more about her new home and business, though her boss Kros seems curiously guarded about what goes on at the hotel. Though Irene makes friends with some of the staff members, she still spends a great deal of her time trying to uncover the mysteries of the building, and when she discovers a pair of Eva Stein's glasses, she begins to wonder if the girl ever went missing at all or if she might still be on the premises somewhere. 73 min. DVD 7755
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Amy Heckerling

Clueless (1995)
Directed by Amy Heckerling. Cast: Alicia Silverstone, Paul Rudd, Stacey Dash, Brittany Murphy, Dan Hedaya, Jeremy Sisto, Wallace Shawn, Justin Walker. It's not easy being the most popular and glamorous girl at Beverly Hills High, yet somehow 15-year-old Cher manages, even finding time for extracurricular projects like finding a love match for her debate teacher and giving a dowdy friend a fashion makeover. But Cher's tidy world starts to unravel with the sudden appearance of a sexy, stylish new classmate and Cher's square but cute "ex-stepbrother." 97 min. DVD 979
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Awards & Honors
National Film Registry Selection

Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)
Directed by Amy Heckerling. Cast: Sean Penn, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Judge Reinhold, Phoebe Cates, Brian Backer, Robert Romanus, Ray Walston, Nicolas Cage, Forest Whitaker. Twenty-four-year old first-time screenwriter Cameron Crowe went undercover in early 1980s as a high school student to glean an insider's perspective on the struggles of teenagers as they dealt with independence, success, sexuality, money, maturity, school, and particularly with just making it through the formative years. 92 min. DVD 6058
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Lev, Peter. "Teen Films: American Graffiti, Cooley High, Animal House, Diner, Fast Times at Ridgemont High." In: American films of the 70s : conflicting visions / Peter Lev. Austin, TX : University of Texas Press, 2000. (Full text available online [UCB users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks; Moffitt PN1993.5.U6 L44 2000)
Palmer, William J. "Teen Films." In: The films of the seventies : a social history / by William J. Palmer. Metuchen, N.J. : Scarecrow Press, 1987. (Main Stack PN1995.9.S6.P341 1987; Moffitt PN1995.9.S6.P34 1987)
Schwind, Jean. "Cool Coaching at Ridgemont High." Journal of Popular Culture; Dec2008, Vol. 41 Issue 6, p1012-1032, 21pUC users only
Speed, Lesley. "A World Ruled by Hilarity: Gender and Low Comedy in the Films of Amy Heckerling." Senses of Cinema: An Online Film Journal Devoted to the Serious and Eclectic Discussion of Cinema, vol. 22, 2002 Sept-Oct UC users only

Teenpic bibliography

Johnny Dangerously (1984)
Directed by Amy Heckerling. Cast: Michael Keaton, Joe Piscopo, Marilu Henner, Maureen Stapleton, Peter Boyle, Griffin Dunne, Glynnis O'Connor, Dom DeLuise, Richard Dimitri, Danny Devito. In this satire of thirties gangster films an honest, goodhearted man is forced to turn to a life of crime to finance his neurotic mother's skyrocketing medical bills while, his brother, an assistant D.A, is trying to stop Johnny's criminal activities. 90 min. DVD X871
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Manijeh Hekmat

Women's Prison (Zendan-e zanan) (Iran, 2002)
Directed by Manijeh Hekmat. Cast: Roya Nonahali, Roya Taymourian, Pegah Ahangarani, Golab Adineh, Maryam Boobani. Famously 'banned' for more than a year by Iranian authorities, this taboo-breaking film is based on Manijeh Hekmat's long fieldwork, among women prisoners in Iran. She depicts the lives of Iran's lost generation in the two decades since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, using the claustrophobic life of women behind bars as a metaphor for the entire society. Her protagonist, Mitra, is in prison for killing her violent stepfather. On the eve of a prison riot she confronts Tahereh, the new warden, whose dogmatic views she challenges fearlessly. Over the course of the next 20 years, Tahereh's attitude toward her prisoners changes and oftens, which reflects the country's shifting political stance. Eventually Mitra, aged and exhausted, is finally released, but Tahereh left behind, is now more like a prisoner herself. 106 min. DVD 6866
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Simon, Alissa. "Manijeh Hekmat and Women's Prison." Senses of Cinema, vol. 23, pp. (no pagination), November 2002
"Women's Prison." (review) Journal of Middle East Women's Studies 2.1 (2006) 138-140 UC users only

Agnieszka Holland

Bittere Ernte (Angry Harvest) (West Germany, 1985)
Directed by Agnieszka Holland. Cast: Armin Mueller-Stahl, Elisabeth Trissenaar, Kathe Jaenicke, Hans Beerhenke, Isa Haller, Margit Carstensen, Wojciech Pszoniak, Gerd Baltus, Kurt Raab. A wartime story [1943] that is both a character study and a mesmerizing cat and mouse game between a Polish Catholic farmer and a Jewish woman who has escaped a train bound for the Nazi death camps. Set in Silesia during WWII, the drama unfolds with the concealment of the woman by the wealthy, sexually repressed farmer, and moves through various stages of power and powerlessness on both sides. The battle between the two is dispassionate yet haunting in its portrayal of this ill-fated relationship. 102 min. DVD 6834
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"Behind 'Angry Harvest': Polish Politics"; [Interview] New York Times (Late Edition (East Coast)). New York, N.Y.: Mar 16, 1986. p. A.17
Brunette, Peter. "Lessons from the Past: An Interview with Angnieszka Holland." Cineaste, vol. 15, no. 1, pp. 15-17, 1986
Crnkovic, Gordana P. "Inscribed Bodies, Invited Dialogues and Cosmopolitan Cinema: Some Brief Notes on Agnieszka Holland." Kinoeye, vol. 4, no. 5, pp. [no pagination], November 2004
Jaehne, Karen. "Angry Harvest." Cineaste Vol XV nr 1 ( 1986); p.39-40
Stimmel, Joanna K. "Between Globalization and Particularization of Memories: Screen Images of the Holocaust in Germany and Poland." German Politics & Society, Volume 23, Number 3, Fall 2005 , pp. 83-105(23) UC users only
Tibbetts, John C. "An Interview with Agnieszka Holland: The Politics of Ambiguity." Quarterly Review of Film and Video. 2008. Vol. 25, Iss. 2; p. 132 UC users only

Europa, Europa: A True Story (Hitlerjunge Salomon) (Germany / France / Poland, 1990)
Directed by Agnieszka Holland. A dramatization of the true story of a Jewish teenager who survived World War II by living as a Nazi for 7 years. Through quick wittedness, the oddest twists of fate, and sheer luck, the young Jewish boy escapes from a Polish ghetto, lives in a Communist orphanage, hides out in an elite school for Hitler's youth and fights as a Nazi soldier without the Germans ever knowing the truth. 115 min. DVD 8362
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Awards

Golden Globe Awards - Best Foreign Language Film
National Society of Film Critics: Best Foreign Language Film
National Board of Review, USA - Best Foreign Language Film
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards - Best Foreign Language Film
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Foreign Language Film

Solomon Perel, Nov. 9, 1993, University of California, Berkeley. 110 min. Video/C 5199

A Lonely Woman (Kobieta samotna) (Poland, TV, 1981)
Director, screenwriter, Agnieszka Holland. Irena, a postal worker and single mother living with her son in a drab apartment in Oroclaw, has a lot of problems: her son gets in trouble at school and her work supervisor wants to give her postal route to someone else. After stealing some money she should be delivering, she places her son in a boarding school and buys a used car to make a dash for West Berlin hoping to escape her home, her life and her poverty. 94 min. 999:3509
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Total Eclipse (UK / France / Belgium / Italy, 1995)
Directed by Agnieszka Holland. Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, David Thewlis, Romane Bohringer. A drama based on the life of the French writer Arthur Rimbaud, whose philosophy of living life to the extreme inspired the rock generation and of Paul Verlaine, a writer of lesser talent who is torn between his growing infatuation with Rimbaud and the domestic demands of his wife. Together, these two men feed each other's hunger for life and love, trying desperately to straddle the lines between knowledge and self-destruction, creativity and delusion. 112 min. DVD 1074
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Geist, Kenneth. "Total Eclipse." Films in Review. Jan 1996. Vol. 47, Iss. 1-2; p. 68 (17 pages)
Turk, Edward Baron "Agnieszka Holland's Total Eclipse, a Contemporary "Film Maudit"." The French Review, Vol. 72, No. 2 (Dec., 1998), pp. 260-272UC users only

Washington Square (USA, 1997)
Directed by Agnieszka Holland. Cast: Jennifer Jason Leigh, Albert Finney, Ben Chaplin, Maggie Smith, Judith Ivey. Catherine is a lonely young woman in search of happiness when she is swept off her feet by the handsome Morris Townsend. Suspicious of the young man's true intentions, however, her controlling father threatens to disown Catherine if she follows her heart and marries against his wishes! Based on the novel by Henry James. 115 min. DVD 9176; vhs 999:2525
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Nicole Holofcener

Lovely & Amazing (2001)
Directed by Nicole Holofcener. Cast: Catherine Keener, Brenda Blethyn, Emily Mortimer, Ravin Goodwin, Aunjanue Ellis, Clark Gregg, Jake Gyllenhaal, James Le Gros, Michael Nouri, Dermot Mulroney. Presents an intimate family portrait of four hapless but resilient women and the bitter sweet lessons they learn in keeping up with the hectic demands of their individual neuroses. 91 min. DVD 3527
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TV Programs

Six Feet Under: Bomb Shelter (DVD 5991); Timing Space (DVD 6020)
Sex & the City: Are We Sluts? (DVD 1918); Three's a Crowd (DVD 6587); Bay of Married Pigs (DVD 996)

Faith Hubley

The Hubley Collection - Vol. 1(1967)
Animators, Faith Hubley, Emily Hubley, Georgia Hubley. Contents: Enter life (1981, 6 min.) -- Upside down (1991, 11 min.) - Who am I? (1989, 4 min.) -- Blake ball (1988, 16 min) -- Time of the Angels (1987, 10 min.) -- W.O.W. (Women of the world) (1975, 10 min.) -- People, people, people (1975, 4 min.) -- Amazonia (1989, 10 min.) -- Yes, we can (1988, 10 min.) -- Moonbird (1959, 10 min.) -- Tall time tales (1992, 8 min.) -- Windy day (1967, 9 min.) -- Cloudland (1993, 2 min.). Short, animated films produced by the Hubley Studios. Enter life: Evolution is symbolically traced as four billion years fly by in 6 minutes. Upside down: Projects a world of harmony and balance in the Earth's ecosystem. Who am I? A child's discovery of his five senses. Blake ball: William Blake's poetry comes to life through the world of baseball! Time of the Angels: Poetry, music and visuals are used to present a new vision of Central and South America. W.W.W.: Presents a historical view of the changing relationships between the sexes. People, people, people: A recap of North America's population explosion from 17,760 BC to 1976 AD. Amazonia: A plea to save the tropical rain forest. Yes we can: Earth is being plundered and earth mother is dying. Moonbird: Two brothers hunt an imaginary bird. Tall time tales: A blend of ethereal images and surrealist landscapes turn the sense of time, rhythm and reality upside down. Windy day: Conveys two sister's view of love, death and marriage. Cloudland: Draws upon imagery from Australian aboriginal art to create a magical film journey. DVD 1411

McGilligan, Pat. "Faith Hubley: An Interview." Film Quarterly, vol. 42, no. 2, pp. 2-18, Winter 1988. UC users only

The Hubley Collection - Vol. 2(1967)
Animators, Faith Hubley, Emily Hubley, Georgia Hubley. Contents: Seers and clowns (1994, 10 min.) -- Sky dance (1979, 10 min.) -- Cockaboody (1973, 9 min.) -- Hello (1984, 9 min.) -- Step by step (1978, 9 min.) -- Rainbows of Hawai'i (1995, 9 min.) -- The big bang and other creation myths (1981, 9 min.) -- Zuckerkandl! (1968, 15 min.) -- Whither weather (1977, 9 min.) -- Her Grandmother's gift (1995, 5 min.).Short, animated films produced by the Hubley Studios. Seers and clowns: A tapestry of cross-culture vignettes, bringing images from other lands to excite imaginations. Sky dance: Animated images of prehistoric and primitive art reflect the universal search for knowledge of the unknown. Cockaboody: Animation combines with the voices of the Hubleys' daughters to create this insightful portrait of a child's world. Hello: Three extraterrestrial musicians send peace messages in bubbles to the people of earth. Step by step: The universal language of music and art evoke the historical realities of yesterday's child and tomorrow's hope for all children. Rainbows of Hawaii: Based upon Hawaiian mythology and the art of the South Pacific, the central message is that children are sacred. Big bang and other creaton myths: Creation mythology from around the world is symbolically interpreted through colorful images and music appropriate to each culture. Zuckerkandl! A mythical philosopher presents a brillant satire on the apathetic life. Whither weather: A plea for global cooperation in the use of the world's natural resources. Her grandmother's gift: A grandmother talks to her granddaughter about the myths she was given about menstruation. DVD 1412

McGilligan, Pat. "Faith Hubley: An Interview." Film Quarterly, vol. 42, no. 2, pp. 2-18, Winter 1988. UC users only

Ann Hui

Love in a Fallen City (Qing cheng zhi lian) (Hong Kong, 1984)
Directed by Ann Hui. A love story set in Shanghai and Hong Kong in the wake of the Japanese invasion. PAL format DVD. 93 min. DVD 2790
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Song of the Exile (Ketu qiuhen) (Hong Kong, Taiwan, 1990)
Directed by Ann Hui. Graduating from a university in Britain, returns home to attend her sister's wedding but quickly finds herself at social and emotional odds with her seemingly imperious mother. The turbulent homecoming revives Heuyin's memories of the charged atmosphere of her childhood in Macao. Hueyin reluctantly agrees to accompany her mother on a visit to her once rich and prominent family in Japan. There, she begins to understand that she and her mother are very much alike, both having suffered similar feelings of loss and alienation throughout their adult live. 100 min. 999:1067
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Courtney Hunt

Frozen River (2008)
Directed by Courtney Hunt. Cast: Melissa Leo, Misty Upham, Charlie McDermott, Michael O'Keefe, Mark Boone Junior. Takes place in the days before Christmas near a little-known border crossing on the Mohawk reservation between New York State and Quebec. Ray, a white woman, and Lila, a Mohawk, both single mothers facing desperate circumstances, are drawn by the lure of fast money into the world of border smuggling across the frozen water of the St. Lawrence River. 93 min. DVD X1126
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Wanda Jakubowska

The Last Stage (Ostatni etap)(Poland, 1948)
Directed by Wanda Jakubowska. Cast: Wanda Bartowna, Hugette Faget, Tatiana Gorecka, Edward Dziewonski. Martha Weiss, a Jew, is sent to Auschwitz concentration camp with her family. On the first day of their arrival Martha is, by a coincidence, chosen as an interpreter, but her entire family is killed. The horrible lives of female inmates of Auschwitz are chronicled in this accurate recreation of actual events. Based on the true experiences of film director, Wanda Jakubowska, as a prisoner of a German concentration camp. Partially shot on location at Auschwitz concentration camp. 105 min. DVD X4655
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Christine Jeffs

Sunshine Cleaning (2008)
Directed by Christine Jeffs. Cast: Amy Adams, Emily Blunt, Jason Spevack, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Clifton Collins, Jr., Eric Christian Olsen, Kevin Chapman, Steve Zahn, Alan Arkin. Rose Lorkowski is a single mother attempting to support her son Oscar and her unreliable sister Norah. She works a mundane job as a maid. When Oscar is expelled from public school, Rose takes a job as a bio-hazard crime-scene cleaner to help pay for a private education. She brings Norah on to help in her steadily growing business. As the sisters work to clean up the messes left behind by the chaotic lives of others, they must learn to reconcile their own differences and overcome a troubled past if they hope to prosper in their newfound venture. Special features: Audio commentary featuring writer Megan Holley and producer Glenn Williamson; "A fresh look at a dirty business" featurette. 91 min. DVD X2269
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Sylvia (2003)
Directed by Christine Jeffs. Cast: Gwyneth Paltrow, Daniel Craig, Jared Harris, Amira Casar, Andrew Havill, Sam Troughton, Lucy Davenport, Antony Strachan, Blythe Danner, Michael Gambon. A dramatization of the life story of American author and poet Sylvia Plath. Born in Boston, MA, in 1932, Plath developed a talent as a writer and published her first poem when she was eight years old. That same year, Plath was forced to confront the unexpected death of her father. In 1950, she began studying at Smith College on a literary scholarship. In 1955, she was granted a Fulbright Scholarship to study in England at Cambridge. There, Plath met author Ted Hughes, the two fell in love, and married in 1958. However, marriage, family, and a growing reputation as an important poet failed to bring Plath happiness. 111 min. DVD 2310
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Patty Jenkins

Monster (2003)
Written and directed by Patty Jenkins. Cast: Charlize Theron, Christina Ricci, Bruce Dern, Lee Tergesen, Annie Corley, Marco St. John, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Scott Wilson. Based on the true story of Aileen Wuornos, a prostitute who was executed in 2002 for the brutal murders of at least 6 men in Florida. Homeless in Florida, down to her last five dollars and pondering suicide, she stopped into a bar for a beer where she meets Selby, who becomes her lesbian lover. One night, after a man attacks her, Aileen pulls a gun and kills the man. Aileen's loathing for the men who pay her for sex becomes so extreme that she begins killing her customers regardless of their behavior. 109 min. DVD 2752
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Awards

Academy Award - Best Actress (Charlize Theron)
Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards - Best Actress (Charlize Theron)
Golden Globes - Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama (Charlize Theron)
National Board of Review, USA - Best Breakthrough Performance by an Actress (Charlize Theron)
National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA - Best Actress (Charlize Theron)
San Francisco Film Critics Circle - Best Actress (Charlize Theron)

Doherty, Thomas. "Aileen Wuornos: Superstar." Cineaste, vol. 29, no. 3, pp. 3-5, Summer 2004 UC users only
Ginsberg, Terri. "Lesbian violence: as fascist crusade in monster." Genders, 2006, Issue 43 UC users only
Horeck, Tanya. "From documentary to drama: capturing Aileen Wuornos." Screen, Summer2007, Vol. 48 Issue 2, p141-159, 19p; DOI: 10.1093/screen/hjm012; (AN 26061254) UC users only
"The Making of a Monster." Journal of Feminist Family Therapy; 2004, Vol. 16 Issue 1, p83-85, 3p
Miller, Jody. "Monster? Portraits of a Female 'Serial Killer.'" PsycCRITIQUES, Vol 49 (Suppl 7), 2004 UC users only
Quart, Leonard. "Monster." Cineaste 29:2 (Spring 2004) UC users only
Steele, Bruce C. "The making of a Monster." (cover story) Advocate; 3/2/2004 Issue 909, p34-45, 9p UC users only

TV Programs
Arrested Development: The One Where They Build a House (DVD 5464 )

Tamara Jenkins

The Savages (2007)
Director: Tamara Jenkins. Cast: Laura Linney, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Philip Bosco, Peter Friedman, David Zayas, Gbenga Akinnagbe, Cara Seymour. Two adult children of an elderly, cantankerous man must come together to care for their abusive father despite that fact they have not spoken to him or each other in years. 114 min. DVD X6793
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Angelina Jolie

In the Land of Blood and Honey (Bosnia-Herzegovina / Slovenia / Italy / France / UK / Belgium, 2001)
Director: Angelina Jolie. Cast: Branko Djuric, Goran Kostic, Rade Serbedzija, Zana Marjanovic. Danijel is a soldier fighting for the Serbs, and Ajla is a Bosnian held captive in the camp he oversees. They two knew each other before the war, and could have found love with each other. But as the armed conflict takes hold of their lives, their relationship grows darker, their motives and connection to one another ambiguous, and their allegiances uncertain. 2011. 126 min. DVD DVD X7315
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Amy Jones

Slumber Party Massacre(1982)
Directed by Amy Jones; written by Rita Mae Brown. Cast: Michelle Michaels, Robin Stille, Michael Villella, Debra Deliso, and Andree Honore. A high school girl's basketball team is stalked by an escaped mental patient with a portable drill. 77 min. DVD X5094
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Nelly Kaplan

La Fiancée du pirate (A Very Curious Girl) (France, 1969)
Directed by Nelly Kaplan. Cast: Bernadette LaFont, Georges Geret, Michel Constantin, Julien Guiomar. A beautiful peasant girl is known intimately by most of the men in her village. Tired of enduring the physical abuse and the sexual exploitation for free, she starts to charge a fee for her services. Suddenly she has more power than she ever dreamed of. 105 min. vhs 999:1821
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Giukin, Lenuta. "Demystification and Webtopia in the Films of Nelly Kaplan" Cinema Journal 42:3 (Spring 2003) Go to Journal Issue p. 96-113 UC users only
Kay, Karyn. "French Cinema: The Revenge of Pirate Jenny a Very Curious Girl: Part One." The Velvet Light Trap 9 (Summer 1973) p. 46 UC users only
Waldman, Diane. "French Cinema: The Eternal Return of Circe A Very Curious Girl: Part Two." The Velvet Light Trap 9 (Summer 1973) p. 49 UC users only

Reza Karimi

A Thousand Women Like Me (Iran, 2000)
Directed by Reza Karimi. Cast: Niki Karimi, Fariborz Arabnia, Faramarz Sadighi. Sharzad, a female lawyer in modern-day Tehran, loses custody of her seven-year-old son after her divorce from a powerful businessman. The boy's diabetes is made worse because the father is more interested in work than in domestic duties. This film offers a first-hand look at how young sophisticates live in a severely patriarchal society where institutions are clearly biased against women --even highly competent ones. 108 min. DVD X4221

Nietzchka Keene

The Juniper Tree (Iceland, 1990)
Directed by Nietzchka Keene. Cast: Michael Palin, Harry H. Corbett, John Le Mesurier, Warren Mitchell, Max Wall. At the darkest hour of the Dark Ages, in the kingdom of Bruno the Questionable, the dreaded Jabberwocky roams the land with his eyes aflame and his talons bared. Which brave knight shall slay the beast, save the kingdom, and win the hand of the fair princess? 78 min. DVD X3955
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Maryam Keshavarz

Circumstance (Iran, 2011)
Director, Maryam Keshavarz. Cast: Nikohl Boosheri, Sarah Kazemy, Reza Sixo Safai. A provocative coming-of-age story that cracks open the hidden, underground world of Iranian youth culture filled with sex, drugs and defiance. This suspenseful tale of love and defiance unfolds as a wealthy family struggles to contain their teenage daughter's growing sexual rebellion and her brother's dangerous obsession. 106 min. DVD X6869
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Barbara Kopple

Kopple bibliography

Havoc (2005)
Director, Barbara Kopple. Anne Hathaway, Bijou Phillips, Shiri Appleby, Michael Biehn, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Matt O'Leary, Freddy Rodriguez, Laura San Giacomo, Mike Vogel. A group of wealthy Los Angeles teenagers try to become part of the 'gangsta' lifestyle but soon run into trouble when they come face to face with a real gang of Latino drug dealers. 85 min. DVD 6731
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Documentaries by Kopple:

American Dream. 1992. DVD 6527; vhs Video/C 2268
Harlan County U.S.A. 1989. DVD 5665; vhs Video/C 999:509
Out of Darkness: The Mine Workers Story. 1990? Video/C 6405
Wild Man Blues. 1997. Video/C 7760

TV Programs

Homicide: Life on the Streets: Self Defense; Pit Bull Sessions; The Documentary (DVD 3085)

About:

Barbara Kopple & Susan Seidelman.
A segment from a TV series offering a behind-the-scenes look into the creative process of independent filmmaking. In the first part of the program Erika Muhammad interviews director Barbara Kopple about the motivations behind many of the films of her career, which include the Academy-Award winning documentaries Harlan County, USA and American Dream. Kopple also talks about her latest project; a study of the Woodstock festivals called My Generation. Next up is director and producer Susan Seidelman, one of the first filmmakers to be lauded by Hollywood as a "bankable" female director. After making Desperately Seeking Susan and some subsequently critically panned films, she moved on to television's Sex and the City on HBO. Here she also discusses her new film, Gaudi afternoon. Video/C MM98

Nadezhda Kosheverova

The Donkey's Hide (Oslinaya shkura) (Soviet Union, 1982)
Directed by Nadezhda Kosheverova. Based on the fairy tale by Charles Perrault, tells the story of the arrival of a wicked fairy at the christening of Therese, daughter of King Gaston IX. But the wicked fairy's curse is circumvented by a good fairy who puts a donkey's hide on the princess, so she will not be recognised and also gives the princess a magic ring capable of making its wearer change his or her appearance. 85 min. DVD 2351
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Diane Kurys

Les enfants du siècle (Children of the century)(1999)
Directed by Diane Kurys. Cast: Juliette Binoche, Benoit Magimel, Stefano Dionisi, Robin Renucci, Karin Viard, Isabelle Carre, Patrick Chesnais, Arnaud Giovanetti, Denis Podalydès, Olivier Foubert, Marie-France Mignal, Michel Robin. A dramatization of the love affair between the authors George Sand and Alfred de Musset that scandalized their families, friends and the salons of Paris in nineteenth century France. 137 min. DVD 8161
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Karyn Kusama

AeonFlux (2005)
Directed by Karyn Kusama. Cast: Charlize Theron, Marton Csokas, Jonny Lee Miller, Sophie Okonedo, Pete Postlethwaite, Amelia Warner, Caroline Chikezie, Paterson Joseph, Frances McDormand. 400 years in the future, after a virus kills off 99% of the world population, only one city on Earth remains. Ruled by the Goodchild dynasty, it is a perfect society of peace and prosperity - except that its citizens keep mysteriously disappearing. A secret agent/assassin/warrior has been given the mission to bring down the regime. But as she goes deeper into her mission, Aeon uncovers some shocking secrets that put the mission, not to mention her life, in danger. 92 min. DVD 7521
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Heinecken, Dawn. "Boundary Battles: Heroic Narrative, the Feminine and MTV's Aeon Flux." Studies in Popular Culture, vol. 24, no. 1, pp. 71-86, Oct 2001 UC users only
O'Riordan, Kate. "Human Cloning in Film: Horror, Ambivalence, Hope." Science as Culture, Jun2008, Vol. 17 Issue 2, p145-162, 18p; UC users only
Thill, Scott. "Expanding the Possibilities: Peter Chung Talks about Aeon Flux. Matriculated, Dark Fury and More." Bright Lights Film Journal, vol. 51, pp. (no pagination), Feb 2006

Girlfight (2000)
Director, Karyn Kusama. Cast: Michelle Rodriguez, Jamie Tirelli, Paul Calderon, Santiago Douglas. Diana Guzman is always fighting, whether at home in the housing projects with her abusive dad or at high school. She finds a new outlet for her anger at her brother's boxing gym. With hard-core training from veteran boxing coach Hector, Diana learns she has the guts and talent to be a contender. 110 min. DVD X891
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Awards
Sundance Festival: Grand Jury Prize - Dramatic Work
Cannes Film Festival - Award of the Youth / Foreign Film

Jennifer's Body (2009)
Directed by Karyn Kusama. Cast: Megan Fox, Amanda Seyfried, Johnny Simmons, J.K. Simmons, Amy Sedaris, Adam Brody. Needy is a reserved bookworm. Her best friend is Jennifer, a conceited cheerleader. The two share little in common. They share even less in common when Jennifer mysteriously gains an appetite for human blood after a disastrous fire at a local bar. Soon, Needy's male classmates are steadily killed off in gruesome attacks and she must uncover the truth behind her friend's transformation and find a way to stop the bloodthirsty rampage before it reaches her own boyfriend. Special features: Audio commentary with director Karyn Kusama and writer Diablo Cody (Theatrical version only); audio commentary with director Karyn Kusama (extended version only); trailers. (Features are not rated or closed-captioned.) 102 min. DVD X3367
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Nadine Labaki

Caramel (Sukkar bana-t) (France | Lebanon, 2007)
Directed by Nadine Labaki. Cast: Nadine Labaki, Yasmine al Masri, Joanna Moukarzel, Gis?le Aouad, Adel Karam, Siham Haddad, Aziza Semaan, Fatme Safa. A Beirut beauty salon becomes a treasured meeting place for several generations of women who meet there daily. The women come from various walks of life, to talk, seek advice and confide in one another. 92 min. DVD X3976
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Jeanne Labrune

Special Treatment (Sans queue ni tête)(France | Luxembourg | Belgium, 2010)
Directed by Jeanne Labrune. Cast: Bouli Lanners, Isabelle Huppert, Richard Debuisne, Sabila Moussadek. Alice is a high-class prostitute who serves up sexual fantasies for her clientele, from school girl innocence to S&M. Fed up with the seamy underbelly of French masculinity she crosses paths with Xavier, a neurotic psychoanalyst facing a marriage crisis. The two quickly realize their professions share a thing or two in common as they navigate the overlapping worlds of psychotherapy and sex therapy. 95 min. DVD X7121
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MónicaLaguna

Juego de Luna (Luna's Game) (Spain, 2001)
Directed by Mónica Laguna. Cast: Ana Torrent, Ernesto Alterio, Carlos Kaniowsky, Jose Pedro Carrion, Manuel San Martin. Luna earns a living the only way she knows how: by playing poker. Her talent has taken her to the top of a profession dominated by men, and she becomes the lead player in a special game in which the stakes are much higher than a big stack of chips. 96 min. DVD 5243
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Matilde S. Landeta

La Negra Angustias (Mexico,1949)
Directed by Matilde S. Landeta. Based on the award-winning work by Francisco Rojas Gonzalez (Main Stack PQ7297.R74.N4 1948), depicts the racial problems encountered by a black woman who becomes a revolutionary leader of the Mexican campesinos struggling against rich landowners during the Mexican Revolution. Video/C 999:1863
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Maricarmen deLara

In the Country Where Nothing Nappens (En el país de no pasa nada)(Mexico, 2000)
Directed by Maricarmen de Lara. Cast: Julieta Egurrola, Maria Isasi, Fernando Lujan. The wife and mistress of a kidnapped businessman decide they are better off without him in this send-up of corporate failings and corruption. 98 min. DVD X6808
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Clara Law

Autumn Moon (Hong Kong, 1992)
Directed by Clara Law. Set in contemporary Hong Kong, a young Japanese tourist is bargain-shopping and looking for food, sex, or preferably both. He meets a fifteen-year-old waif and the friendship that develops allows the young man's passion for food to be assuaged by the girl's grandmother, the wielder of a magic wok. But sex is a different matter than friendship - which is what this film is really about. 102 min. 999:3207
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Floating Life (Australia, 1996)
Director, Clara Law. Cast: Annette Shun Wah, Annie Yip, Anthony Wong, Edwin Pang, Cecilia Lee. An aging Hong Kong couple move to Australia with their two youngest sons to live with a daughter who has already begun a successful career. Meanwhile their eldest daughter lives in Germany and their eldest son remains in Hong Kong. The film explores the different ways the family members cope with isolation and alienation. In Cantonese with English subtitles. 93 min. 999:3236
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The Goddess of 1967 (Australia, 2000)
Directed by Clara Law. Cast: Rose Byrne, Rikiya Kurokawa, Nicholas Hope, Elise McCredie. A Japanese man searching for his dream car, a 1967 Citroen DS, travels all the way to Australia to purchase it. When he meets a gorgeous blind girl, the unlikely couple embarks on a strange and erotic journey into the arid Australian desert. 120 min. DVD X6627
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The Reincarnation of Golden Lotus (Pan Jinlian zhi qian shi jin sheng) (Hong Kong, 1989)
Director, Clara Law. Parallel stories of ancient and modern China. In ancient China Golden Lotus is raped, married to a man she does not love, and when she finds love is beheadedfor it. In modern China Lotus is raped by the prefect of her school in Shanghai and sent to a work camp. Sheescapes to decadent Hong Kong by marrying a rich man. She finds herself drawn both to her husband's chauffeur and to a sadomasochistic relationship with adebauched designer. She dies in a fiery car wreck atthe end. A contemporary reworking of a 12th century Chinese novel. Multi-zone DVD. 92 min. DVD 2787
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Wonton Soup (USA / Germany / Hong Kong, 1999)
Director, Clara Law. Part of the film anthology, Erotique. Two college lovers reunite in Hong Kong where they discover their different cultures have caused them to grow apart. Determined to prove these obstacles can be overcome, the boy prepares an evening of gourmet food and ancient Chinese sexual techniques. DVD 2517
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Mimi Leder

Deep Impact (1998)
Directed by Mimi Leder. Cast: Morgan Freeman, Tea Leoni, Robert Duvall, Maximilian Schell, Elijah Wood, Vanessa Redgrave, James Cromwell. 'Deep Impact' is the story of the world's reaction to a death sentence. As a comet approaches the earth which might not be destroyed or diverted before it reaches earth, each individual struggles in the face of extinction to find what most matters to him or her. Special features: Commentary with director Mimi Leder and visual effects supervisor, Scott Farrar, preparing for the end, making an impact, creating the perfect traffic jam, parting thoughts, photo gallery, trailer. 120 min. DVD 7662
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The Peacemaker (1997)
Directed by Mimi Leder. Cast: George Clooney, Nicole Kidman, Armin Mueller-Stahl. When a nuclear bomb goes missing in the former Soviet Union, a U.S. nuclear specialist and a Special Forces Colonel join forces to avert disaster. Putting aside their personal differences they track the last remaining warhead to the steps of the United Nations in this taut apocalyptic thriller. 124 min. DVD 1200
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TV Programs

ER: Day One (DVD 4750); Make of Two Hearts (DVD 4750); Love's Labor Lost (DVD 4750); Everything Old Is New Again (DVD 4750); Welcome Back Carter! (DVD 4751); Days Like This (DVD 4751); A Miracle Happens Here (DVD 4751); The Healers (DVD 4751

Anna Lee

The Recipe (South Korea, 2010)
Directed by Anna Lee. Cast: Seung-Ryong Ryu, Yu-Won Lee. Mass murderer Kim Hyun-Soo incarcerated on death row wants to taste doenjang jjigae, a spicy Korean bean paste stew, before he dies. News reporter Choi Yu-Jin hears of the inmate and researches his story for an upcoming news report. Choi Yu-Jin then comes across a mysterious woman named Jang Hye-Jin who makes doenjang jjigae that brings tears of joy to those who taste her recipe. As Choi Yu-Jin delves further, he learns of Jang Hye-Jin's heartbreaking relationship with Kim Hyun-Soo. 107 min. DVD X6847
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Grace Lee

American Zombie (2007)
Directed by Grace Lee. Cast: Austin Basis, Suzy Nakamura, Al Vicente, Jane Edith Wilson, John Solomon. Story of two Los Angeles filmmakers who set out to document a group of high functioning zombies and their struggles to gain acceptance in human society. 91 min. DVD X44
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Documentaries by Lee

The Grace Lee Project (DVD 4872)

Lee Jeong-hyang

Art Museum by the Zoo (Misulgwan yop tongmurwon) (South Korea, 1998)
Directed by Jeong-hyang Lee. Chol-su decided to spend his vacation with his girlfriend at her home, but instead found Chun-hui living there. They fell in love as they spent time together despite their different attitudes about love. 109 min. DVD 1503
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Lynn Hershman Leeson

Experimental/Avant Garde film

Conceiving Ada.(USA / Germany, 1997)
Directed by Lynn Hershman Leeson. Cast: Tilda Swinton, Francesca Faridany, Timothy Leary, Karen Black, John O'Keefe, John Perry Barlow. Emmy Coer, a computer genius, devises a way to communicate with the past and manages to reach Ada King, Countess of Lovelace, daughter of the famed poet Lord Byron and an amateur mathematician who wrote what is considered to be the first computer language back in the 19th century. Ada's ideas were stifled and unfulfilled because of the reality of life as a woman in the Victorian era but Emmy has a plan to defeat death using DNA as a communicative agent to bring Ada to the present. But what are the possible ramifications? 84 min. 999:2648
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Strange Culture (2007)
Directed by Lynn Hershman Leeson. Cast: Tilda Swinton, Thomas Jay Ryan, Peter Coyote, Josh Kornbluth, Steve Kurtz. Based on true events, this docu-drama tells the story of one man's personal tragedy that turns into persecution by a paranoid government. Steve Kurtz's nightmare began on May 11, 2004, when he awoke to find his wife dead of heart failure. Police responding to his distressed 911 call became suspicious of biological equipment in his house and contacted the FBI. Only hours after his wife's tragic death, he found himself detained as a suspected "bioterrorist," as dozens of federal agents in Hazmat suites scoured his home, seizing his art materials, computers, manuscripts, books, his cat, and even his wife's body. 75 min. DVD 9843
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Kasi Lemmons

Eve's Bayou (1997)
Directed by Kasi Lemmons. Cast: Samuel L. Jackson, Lynn Whitfield, Debbi Morgan, Vondie Curtis Hall, Branford Marsalis, Lisa Nicole Carson, Jurnee Smollett, Diahann Carroll. Roz Batiste is a beautiful and dedicated mother of three, who is forced to admit that her family is falling apart due to her philandering husband Louis. Her younger daughter, Eve, witnesses one of her father's infidelities. Struggling to make sense of what she has seen, Eve turns to her older sister Cisely, who dismisses her in fear of the truth, and then to her Aunt Mozelle, a known psychic and rumored black widow. Unable to find the understanding she is looking for Eve decides to take matters into her own hands. For the Batiste family, the ties that bind may not be strong enough to keep them together, and what they learn will change their lives forever. 108 min. 999:2086
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Awards
National Board of Review, USA - Outstanding Directorial Debut

Talk To Me (1983)
Directed by Kasi Lemmons. Cast: Taraji P. Henson, Cedric the Entertainer, Martin Sheen. Based on the true story of outspoken ex-convict and iconic radio personality Ralph Waldo "Petey" Greene. This powerful biopic details the life and career of the media figure whose voice instilled the black community with hope during the turbulent 1960s. After talking his way onto the Washington, D.C. airwaves in the era of free love Greene, emboldened by the inspirational soul music and rapidly-expanding social consciousness that defined the decade, openly courts controversy as his put-upon producer Dewey Hughes runs interference. Special features: Deleted scenes; "Who is Petey Greene?" featurette; recreating P-Town. 119 min. DVD 9600
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Sisters in Cinema
A documentary tracing the careers of inspiring African American women filmmakers from the early part of the 20th century to the present. Realizing that she wasn't going to find her sisters in cinema in Hollywood, the producer traveled the independent path to uncover a wide range of films directed by African American women outside of the Hollywood studio system. Early filmmakers include Tressie Souders, Zora Neale Hurston, Madame C. J. Walker, Maya Angelou, Madeline Anderson, Kathleen Collins Prettyman, Darnell Martin, Kasi Lemmons, Julie Dash and Eloyce Gist. Produced and directed by Yvonne Welbon. 2003. 62 min. Video/C MM408

Yu Li

Fish and Elephant (Jin nian xia tian) (China, 2001)
Directed by Yu Li. Cast: Xiao Qun works at the Beijing Zoo as an elephant keeper, while her lover, Xiao Ling runs a clothes stall in an indoor market. Their relationship comes under fire, however, with the arrival of Qun's divorced mother who, unaware that her daughter is gay, tries to set her up with a man. Further complicating matters is the appearance of Qun's ex-girlfriend, Junjun, now wanted by the police for killing her abusive father. 97 min. DVD 9862
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Caroline Link

Nowhere in Africa (Nirgendwo in Afrika) (Germany, 2001)
Directed by Caroline Link. Cast: Juliane Kohler, Merab Ninidze, Matthias Habich, Sidede Onyulo, Lea Kurka, Karoline Eckertz. Critically acclaimed, this film is based on the true life story of a Jewish family who fled the Nazi regime in 1938 and learned to cope with their new life, and each other, on a remote farm in Kenya. 142 min. DVD 1997

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Awards

Academy Awards - Best Foreign Language Picture

Lynne Littman

Testament (1983)
Directed by Lynne Littman. Cast: Jane Alexander, William Devane, Ross Harris, Roxana Zal, Lukas Haas, Philip Anglim. A nuclear strike has occurred. No one knows who did it. No one knows why. A mother must hold her family together and helplessly watch as her loved ones become victims of radiation. Based on the story, The last testament, by Carol Amen. 90 min. DVD 7654; vhs 999:3599
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Claudia Llosa

Madeinusa (Peru / Spain, 2006)
Directed by Claudia Llosa. Cast: Magaly Solier, Carlos de la Torre, Yiliana Chong, Ubaldo Huaman. Madeinusa is a 14 year old girl with a sweet Indian face who lives in an isolated village in the Cordillera Blanca Mountain range of Peru. This strange place is characterized by its religious fervor. From Good Friday at three o'clock in the afternoon (the time of day when Christ died on the cross) to Easter Sunday, the whole village can do whatever it feels like. During the two holy days sin does not exist: God is dead and can't see what is happening. Everything is accepted and allowed, without remorse. Year after year, Madeinusa and her sister Chale, and her father Don Cayo, the Mayor and local big shot, maintain this tradition without questioning it. However, everything changes with the arrival in the village of Salvador, a young geologist from Lima, who will unknowingly change the destiny of the girl. 95 min. DVD 6974
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Phyllida Lloyd

The Iron Lady (UK | France, 2011)
Directed by Phyllida Lloyd. Cast: Meryl Streep, Jim Broadbent, Olivia Colman, Roger Allam, Susan Brown, Nick Dunning, Nicholas Farrell, Iain Glen, Richard E. Grant, Anthony Head, Harry Lloyd, Michael Maloney, Michael Pennington, Alexandra Roach, Amanda Root, Pip Torrens, Julian Wadham, David Westhead, Angus Wright, John Sessions. A surprising and intimate portrait of Margaret Thatcher, the first female Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. One of the 20th century's most famous and influential women, Thatcher came from nowhere to smash through barriers of gender and class to be heard in a male-dominated world. Special features: "Making The iron lady" documentary featurette; "Recreating the young Margaret Thatcher" featurette;"Denis: the man behind the woman" featurette; "Battle in the House of Commons" featurette; "Costume design: pearls and power suits" featurette; History goes to the cinema: featuring My week with Marilyn, W.E., Coriolanus, The iron lady and The artist. 105 min. DVD DVD X7312
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Issa López

Efectos secundarios (Personal Effects) (Mexico, 2006)
Directed by Issa López. Cast: Marina de Tavira, Alejandra Gollas, Arturo Barba. Marina, Ignacio, Adam, and Mimi, all 18 and fresh out of high school, shared a dream about adult life, a dream of fame, success, perfect skin and that one endless, true love. But the thirty's have arrived and the four meet again at a high school reunion to discover that none of the sweet promises of youth were fulfilled. 111 min. DVD X5949
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Ida Lupino

"Films by Claudia Llosa." Sight & Sound, Dec2010, Vol. 20 Issue 12, p86-87, 2p UC users only
Kroll, Juli A. "Between the "Sacred" and the "Profane": Cultural Fantasy in Madeinusa By Claudia Llosa." Chasqui ; nov2009, Vol. 38 Issue 2, p113-125, 13p UC users only

The Hitch-Hiker (1953)
Directed by Ida Lupino. Cast: Edmond O'Brien, Frank Lovejoy, William Talman. The only true 'film noir' ever directed by a woman, this tour de force thriller is a classic, tension-packed, three-way dance of death about two middle-class American homebodies on vacation in Mexico on a long-awaited fishing trip. Suddenly their car and their very lives are commandeered by a psychopathic serial killer. 70 min. DVD 169; VHS 999:2777
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Armstrong, Richard. "South of the Chocolate Mountains: Scattered Impressions of The Hitch-Hiker." Bright Lights Film Journal, vol. 37, pp. (no pagination), August 2002
Georgakas, Dan. "Ida Lupino: Doing It Her Way."Cineaste 25:3 [Summer 2000] p. 32-36 UC users only
Queen of the 'B's : Ida Lupino behind the camera / edited by Annette Kuhn. Westport, Conn : Greenwood Press, 1995. (Main Stack PN1998.3.L89.Q44 1995)

The Bigamist (1953)
Directed by Ida Lupino. Cast: Joan Fontaine, Ida Lupino, Edmund Gwenn, Edmond O'Brien, Kenneth Tobey, Jane Darwell, Peggy Maley. A lonely traveling salesman from San Francisco marries a woman in Los Angeles, without revealing to her that he's already married. Caught between two complementary spouses, an upper-crust lady attached to her dying father and a tough-talking waitress, his dazed indecisiveness dominates the narrative. 80 min. 999:3434
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Not Wanted (also known as Shame, and Streets of Sin) (1948)
Directed by Elmer Clifto and Ida Lupino [uncredited]. Cast: Sally Forrest, Keefe Brasselle, Leo Penn, Dorothy Adams, Wheaton Chambers. In 1948, legendary screen actress Ida Lupino left Warner Bros. to co-found The Filmmakers, an independent production company conceived as an alternative to the dominant aesthetics of Hollywood. With the low-key, intimate 'Not Wanted' Lupino tackled the 'taboo' topic of out-of-wedlock pregnancy, immediately venturing into terrain where big-budget mainstream fantasy-spinners feared to tread. In many ways this extraordinary first directorial effort, while uncredited, already bears the stamp of Lupino's unique vision: the remarkable empathy felt for the lead character Sally Forrest as the dazed, traumatized young waitress thrust into the world of unwed motherhood, the hallucinatory moments ... of the childbirth sequence, and the deft location-shooting as Forrest wanders through the bus stations and boarding houses of small-town America.DVD 8679; vhs 999:3452
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The Young Lovers (aka Never Fear) (1950)
Directed by Ida Lupino. Cast: Sally Forrest, Keefe Brasselle, Hugh O'Brian, Eve Miller, Lawrence Dobkin. Carol, a dancer who has just become engaged to her partner and choreographer and is about to embark on a major career, is devastated to learn that she has contracted polio. Her partner wants to see her through her illness but the embittered Carol prefers to be alone. Eventually she realizes that only by allowing others to share her grief, will she be able to pull herself together and go on with her life. 81 min. 999:3429
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TV Programs

Twilight Zone: The Masks (DVD 5873)

Angelina Maccarone

Unveiled (Fremde Haut) (Germany, 2005)
Director, Angelina Maccarone. Cast: Jasmin Tabatabai, Anneke Kim Sarnau. Persecuted in Iran because of her love for another woman, Fariba assumes the identity of a man to gain temporary asylum in Germany. She becomes close with fellow worker Anne only to face danger again when told she must return to Iran. System Details 95 min min. DVD X5353
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Hettie Macdonald

Beautiful Thing (UK, 1996)
Directed by Hettie Macdonald. Cast: Linda Henry, Glen Berry, Scott Neal, Tameka Empson, Ben Daniels. Set in London's lower class suburbs, this is the story of a teenager who has discovered that he's gay and his love for another teenager who lives next door. Based on the play by Jonathan Harvey. 90 min. DVD X6156
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Alison Maclean

Jesus' Son (1999)
Directed by Alison Maclean. Cast: Billy Crudup, Samantha Morton, Denis Leary, Holly Hunter, Dennis Hopper, Jack Black. "A gentle and usually mellow young man, who sometimes knows things before they happen and gets vibes of premonition, tell us his story: how he met Michelle in Iowa in 1971, how he got the name Fuckhead, how she introduced him to heroin and their falling in love, his thieving, his hospital work and their time in Chicago when she gets pregnant, detox, going to Phoenix to live, AA meetings and a dance, working at a care center where he learns to touch the residents, and modifying his daily schedule so that he passes a neighboring Mennonite household at the right time to hear the wife sing Gospel songs in the shower. Slowly, very slowly, FH lets his gifts emerge." [Internet Movie Database] Adapted from a collection of short stories of the same name by Denis Johnson. 107 min. DVD 4977
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TV programs:

Carnivale: The River (DVD 3306)
The L Word: Loyal (DVD 5768)
Sex and the City: Valley of the Twenty-Something Guys (DVD 996); Models and Mortals (DVD 996)

Documentaries by Maclean:
Persons of Interest 2003. Video/C MM170

Cleo Madison

Eleanor's Catch (1916)
Director, Cleo Madison. A delightful short, directed by and starring Cleo Madison. In this two-reeler, she plays a young city girl dragged into a life of crime by a ne'er-do-well suitor. A terrific surpise ending gives Clio an early claim to promoting women's equality in the workforce. 15 min. DVD 9797; vhs Video/C 999:2659
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Maria Maggenti

The Incredibly True Adventure of Two Girls in Love.(1995)
Directed by Maria Maggenti. Cast: Laurel Holloman, Nicole Parker. A story of two teenagers who unexpectedly experience the excitement, surprise and romantic fantasy of first love. 94 min. DVD X898; vhs 999:1333
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Interview with Maria Maggenti (in Lavender Limelight)

Sharon Maguire

Bridget Jones's Diary(UK / France, 2001)
Director, Sharon Maguire. Cast: Renee Zellweger, Colin Firth, Hugh Grant, Jim Broadbent, Gemma Jones. In her mid-thirties, still single and still being set up with dates by her mom, Bridget decides she needs to make a change in her life. She falls for her boss who uses her and then dumps her. In the meantime, Bridget keeps running into the divorced guy her mom tried to set her up with, and he happens to be ex-friends with her boss. She uses her diary as a confessional and she begins to wonder if she will ever find true love. Based on the novel by Helen Fielding. Special features: Portrait of the make-up artist; domestic and international TV spots; a guide to Bridget Britishisms; the young and the mateless (an expert's guide to being single); "Bridget Jones: the edge of reason" excerpt; 'Bridge Jones's diary' reviews; behind-the-scenes featurette; deleted scenes; the complete 'Bridge Jones's diary' columns. 98 min. DVD 7860
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Samira Makhmalbaf

The Apple (Sib) (Iran, 1997)
Director, Samira Makhmalbaf. An amazing true story directed by the daughter of the Iranian producer/director Mohsen Makhmalbaf. In a poor area of Tehran, some people inform the local welfare authorities that one of their neighbors is keeping his twin 11-year-old girls, Zahra and Masume locked up in his house and they have been living virtually as prisoners of their poor father and blind mother. 84 min. 999:3079
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At Five in the Afternoon (Panj e asr) (Iran, 2003)
Directed by Samira Makhmalbaf. Cast: Agheleh Rezaie, Abdolgani Yousefrazi, Razi Mohebi, Marzieh Amiri. Set in the ruined city of Kabul after the fall of the Taliban regime, tells the story of Noqreh, a young woman eager to take advantage of the new freedoms afforded to women. Despite her father's wishes that she receive only a traditional religious education, Noqreh also attends a secular school for girls, where she is encouraged to high aspirations. But the harsh reality of survival in a country devastated by war threaten her dreams and aspirations. Non-US format DVD (PAL region 2). 102 min. DVD 3676
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Blackboards (Takhte siah) (Iran, 2000)
Directed by Samira Makhmalbaf. Follows a group of teachers who, after a bombing in Iranian Kurdistan, wander from one city to the next in search of students they can teach. Along the way they encounter many people of various ages and walks of life in an against-all-odds effort to help and share knowledge with anyone who is willing to learn. 85 min. DVD 3386; vhs 999:3296
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11'09"01 September 11 DVD 3488

Laura Mañá

Sexo por compasión (Compassionate Sex) (Spain / Mexico, 2001)
Directed by Laura Mañá. Cast: Elizabeth Margoni, Alex Angulo, Pilar Bardem, Juan Carlos Colombo, Carmen Salinas, Mariola Fuentes, Leticia Huijara, Damian Alcazar, Jose Sancho. Dolores is a mature and kind woman whose husband abandons her because he can't stand her generosity. Desperate to get her husband back, she decides to devote her life to works of charity. She decides that one of her charitable acts is to go to bed with all the other men of the town. Dolores, now known as "Lolita," becomes so famous that all men seek out her help now. It is through her compassionate sex that she brings back the color and happiness to a town that was immersed in sadness. 107 min. DVD 5244
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Frances Marion

Beauchamp, Cari. Without lying down : Frances Marion and the powerful women of early Hollywood Berkeley : University of California Press, c1997. (MAIN: PS3525.A6549 Z54 1997b)
Dieckmann, Katherine. "Frances Marion: Screenwriting Pioneer." MoMA, No. 25 (Summer, 1997), pp. 9-11 UC users only

The Love Light (1921)
Director/writer, Frances Marion. Cast: Cast: Mary Pickford, Evelyn Dumo, Fred Thomson, Edward Phillips, Albert Prisco, Raymond Bloomer. Angela tends a lighthouse in an Italian fishing village while her brothers are fighting at the front. She discovers a foreign sailor washed ashore, nurses him back to health and falls in love with him. After they marry and have a baby, she discovers that he is a German spy and that her innocent actions have helped cause the death of her brother. Considered to be one of Pickford's most fully realized adult characters, the film shows her astonishing range: from pure slapstick, to moments of pathos, to a harrowing descent into madness. 86 min. DVD X1998; vhs 999:2636
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HerStory
Ally Acker presents an archival journey from 1896 to the present of the pioneering female filmmakers who transformed the movies and challenged the industry. Using rare clips and interviews she recounts a ground-breaking herstory of Hollywood directors, screenwriters, producers, editors and executives left out of the history books. Featuring: Lillian Gish, Sherry Lansing, Ida Lupino, Euzhan Palcy, June Mathis, Lenore Coffee, Grace Cunard, Mary Pickford, Alice Guy Blache, Lois Weber, Dorothy Arzner, Nell Shipman, Frances Marion, Anita Loos, Mae West, Virginia Van Upp, Maya Deren, Germaine Dulac, Elaine May, Claudia Weill, Susan Seidelman, Sherry Lansing, Dede Allen. Based on the book: Reel Women: Pioneers of the Cinema, 1896 to the Present by Ally Acker (Main Stack PN1998.2.A24 1991) 1993. 55 min. Video/C 9416

The Silent Feminists: America's First Women Directors
Unbeknownst to many, women have been directing feature films since the silent era of the American film industry. Such directors as Lois Weber, Frances Marion, Dorothy Arzner, Kathlyn Williams and Alice Guy Blache were a significant presence in the early days of Hollywood. Utilizing film clips, rare photos and interviews with survivors of the era, this documentary pays fond tribute to these pioneers. Dist.: Direct Cinema. c1993. 45 min. Video/C 8986

Without Lying Down: Frances Marion and the Power of Women in Hollywood
This insightful documentary gives voice to Frances Marion's words taken from her letters, diaries and memoirs. Footage from more than twenty of Marion's movies align with commentary by pre-eminent silent film historian Kevin Brownlow, critic Leonard Maltin and Marion's celebrated biographer, Cari Beauchamp. Special features: "A little princess" (1917, si., b&w, 62 min.) a film by Marshall Neilan ; assistant director, Howard Hawks. c2001. 56 min. DVD 1578

Penny Marshall

Awakenings (1990)
Directed by Penny Marshall. Cast: Robert De Niro, Robin Williams, John Heard, Julie Kavner, Penelope Ann Miller, Max Von Sydow. Based on a true story, Robin Williams plays a research physician who uses an experimental drugo (Dopa) to "awaken" the catatonic victims of a rare disease. Based on the book: Awakenings by Oliver Sacks. 120 min. DVD 7927
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Big (1988)
Directed by Penny Marshall. Cast: Tom Hanks, Elizabeth Perkins, Robert Loggia, John Heard, Jared Rushton. A 12-year-old boy's wish comes true when he asks a mechanical carnival genie to make him 'big' only to awake the next morning and discover he is! He manages to land a job at a toy company where he experiences the complications of being an adult, but eventually he begins to long for the simple joys of childhood. 104 min. DVD 1814
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A League of Their Own(1992)
Directed by Penny Marshall. Cast: Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, Madonna, Lori Petty, Rosie O'Donnell, Jon Lovitz, David Strathairn, Garry Marshall, Bill Pullman.In 1943, Jimmy Dugan, a washed-up ballplayer whose big league days are over, is hired to coach in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League while the male pros are serving in WWII. Reluctant at first, he finds himself drawn back into the game by the heart and heroics of his team. Based on the true story of the pioneering women who blazed the trail in the 1940s for future generations of famale athletes. 127 min. DVD 2265
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Renaissance Man(1994)
Directed by Penny Marshall. Cast: Danny DeVito, Gregory Hines, James Remar, Ed Begley, Jr., Cliff Robertson. An unemployed advertising executive takes a job teaching English to Army recruits. His mission: To keep a ragtag bunch of underachieving misfits from flunking out of basic training. 128 min. DVD X3609
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Tonie Marshall

Vénus Beauté Institut (1999)
Directed by Tonie Marshall. Cast: Nathalie Baye, Bulle Ogier, Mathilde Seigner, Audrey Tautou. Angele, a 40 something beautician who prefers sex to love, works alongside Marie, the object of an older man's seduction, in a pastel coloured beauty parlour, a veritable Eden where woman repel the ugliness of the world and the onset of old age with the quest for eternal beauty. 106 min. DVD X4487
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Lucrecia Martel

La Ciénaga (Argentina / France / Spain, 2001)
Directed by Lucrecia Martel. Mecha, her husband Gregorio and their friends are spending another stifling day drinking and loungingaround the filthy swimming pool of their crumbling summer estate when Mecha stumbles and is badly cut on her broken wine glass. On hearing the news, her less affluent cousin Tali marshals her own large family for a visit. The long, hot summer and crowded situation strain everyone's nerves and repressed family conflicts surface. An atmosphere of oppressive humidity and constant foreboding fill this commentary on the decadence, malaise and racism of Argentina's decaying elite. In Spanish with optional French subtitles. 102 min. DVD 2135
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La mujer sin cabeza (The Headless Woman) (Argentina | France | Italy | Spain, 2008)
Directed by Lucrecia Martel. Cast: María Onetto, Claudia Cantero, César Bordón, Daniel Genoud, Guillermo Arengo, Inés Efron. A bourgeois woman is driving alone on a dirt road when she becomes distracted and runs over something. In the days following this jarring incident, she becomes obsessed with the possibility that she may have killed someone. The police confirm that there were no accidents reported in the area and everything returns to normal. That is until a gruesome discovery is made. 87 min. DVD X4556
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La niña santa (The Holy Girl) (Argentina | Italy | Netherlands | Spain, 2004)
Directed by Lucrecia Martel. Cast: María Alche, Julieta Zylberberg, Mercedes Morán. Poignantly captures the lives of two teenager girls, Amalia, daughter to the owner of the hotel, and the girl's best friend Josefina, as they adjust to their growing sexuality and religious passion. 104 min. DVD X5834
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Darnell Martin

Their Eyes Were Watching God (TV, 2005)
Directed by Darnell Martin. Cast: Halle Berry, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Michael Ealy, Nicki Micheaux, Lorraine Toussaint, Ruby Dee, Terrence Dashon Howard, Gabriel Casseus, Artel Kay`aru, Kevin Daniels, Henry Brown. A drama set in the 1920s, where free-spirited Janie Crawford's search for happiness leads her through several different marriages, challenging the mores of her small town. Based on the novel by Zora Neale Hurston. 113 min. DVD 4785
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Other TV Programs
The L Word: Losing the Light DVD 6478
Grey's Anatomy: The Self-Destruct Button DVD 6323
ER: Freak Show; Ground Zero DVD 4896
Oz: Plan B; Capital P; The Routine DVD 1131
Homicide, Life on the Street: Sniper DVD 3070

Elisabeth Márton

My Name Was Sabina Spielrein (Ich hiess Sabina Spielrein) ((France | Germany | Sweden | Denmark | Finland | Switzerland, 2002) )
Directed by Elisabeth Márton. Cast: Eva Osterberg, Lasse Almeback, Mercedes Csampai, Palle Granditsky, Natalia Usmanova. Featuring the voices of Maria Thorgevsky, Dan Weiner, Helmut Vogel, and Alan Pryke. A docu-drama based on a find of letters and diaries that revealed a love affair between Carl Jung and his first patient, Sabina Spielrein. Her cathexis was rapid and she formed an intense attachment to her young doctor, who seems to have reciprocated. But after a note from Sigmund Freud on the nefarious nature of females, the doctors hatched the theory of counter-transference to explain their feelings. Luckily, this wouldn't be Sabina's final contribution to psychoanalysis. Pronounced cured, she became a psychoanalyst herself and, within eight years, was practising alongside the founding fathers. 90 min. DVD X3970
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Sally Mattison

Slumber Party Massacre III(1990)
Directed by Sally Mattison. Cast: Keely Christian, Brittain Frye, M.K. Harris, David Greenlee, Brandi Burkett, Hope Marie Carlton, Maria Claire, and Maria Ford. A teen whose parents are away decides to have a slumber party with her girlfriends. Their boyfriends predictably show up to scare them, but a stranger from the beach is also lurking around the house. 87 min. DVD X5094
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Elaine May

A New Leaf (1971)
Director, Elaine May. Cast: Walter Matthau, Elaine May, Jack Weston, George Rose, James Coco, William Redfield. A suddenly broke middle-aged playboy plots to marry and murder a frumpy, clumsy, and socially awkward botany teacher who happens to be heir to a fortune. 102 min. 999:3410
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Daisy von Scherler Mayer

The Guru (2002)
Director, Daisy von Scherler Mayer. Cast: Heather Graham, Marisa Tomei, Jimi Mistry, Michael McKean, Dash Mihok, Emil Marwa, Ronald Guttman, Malachy McCort, Christine Baranski. A porn queen takes a young Indian man under her wings to learn the tricks of the sex trade. But when her student inadvertently becomes a celebrity "sex guru", it catapults him into a wildly outrageous version of the American dream. 94 min. DVD 1636
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Party Girl (1995)
Directed by Daisy von Scherler Mayer. Cast: Parker Posey, Anthony DeSando, Guillermo Diaz, Donna Mitchell, Liev Schreiber, Omar Townsend, Sasha von Scherler. Mary is a free-spirited young woman with a run-down New York apartment and a high fashion wardrobe. She calls her godmother, a librarian, for bail money after being arrested for throwing an illegal party. To repay the loan, she begins working as a library clerk. At first she hates it, but when challenged decides to master the Dewey Decimal System and become a great library clerk, while romancing a lebanese falafel vendor and helping her roommate in his goal to become a professional DJ. 98 min. DVD 2876
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Patricia Mazuy

Saint-Cyr(France, 1973)
Director, Patricia Mazuy. Cast: Isabelle Huppert, Jean-Pierre Kalfon, Simon Regiani, Anne Marev, Jean-François Balmer. Madame de Maintenon, wife of Louis XIV, founds Saint-Cyr, a boarding school outside of Paris for the daughters of destitute nobility where girls are brought to acquire the language and manners befitting their rank. The school eventually becomes a source of nightmarish anxiety for her, as idle noblemen discover her young charges. In French without substitles. 114 min. DVD 4511

Sheila McLaughlin

She Must Be Seeing Things (1987)
Directed by Sheila McLaughlin. Cast: Sheila Dabney, Lois Weaver, Kyle De Camp, John Erdman. A lesbian lawyer fears that her lover, a filmmaker, may turn to heterosexuality. After reading her diary, she disguises herself as a man and jealously "shadows" her lover. 95 min. 999:2287
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Maria de Medeiros

Capitães de abril (April captains) (Spain / Italy / France / Portugal, 2000)
Directed by Maria de Medeiros. Cast: Stefano Accorsi, Maria de Medeiros, Joaquim de Almeida, Fr?déric Pierrot. In Portugal, on the night of April 24, 1974 and into the early morning hours of the 25th, a Portuguese radio station aired a banned song - Grandola. It was a pre-planned signal, triggering a military coup that was to change the face of Portugal. A dramatization of the 1974 coup that overthrew the right-wing Portuguese dictatorship --which continued the fascist policies of long-time dictator Antonio Salazar --and of two young army captains who were involved in it. 90 min. DVD X979
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Deepa Mehta

1947 Earth (India / Canada, 1998)
Directed by Deepa Mehta. Directed by Deepa Mehta. Set in the city of Lahore in 1947, this films chronicles the fate of a religiously diverse group of working-class friends during the partition of India and Pakistan. 110 min. DVD 1961
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Bollywood/Hollywood (Canada, 2002)
Directed by Deepa Mehta. Cast: Rahul Khanna, Lisa Ray, Dina Pathak, Moushumi Chatterjee, Ranjit Chowdry, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Jessica Pare, Akshaye Khanna. Rahul, a young millionaire who is pressured by his family to find a bride, employs a girl to pose as his Indian fiancee. A musical comedy and family drama that is also a spoof of Indian film culture. Non-US format DVD (PAL, Region 2). 100 min. DVD 3797
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Earth(India / Canada, 1998)
Directed by Deepa Mehta. During the upheavals of Indian independence and partition, a young Hindu girl is romantically pursued by a Muslim, without regard for their religious differences. Surrounding violence catches up, and he turns against Hindus in general, and finally against his love and the values which prompted it. 101 min. DVD 2053; vhs 999:3133
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Fire (India / Canada, 1996)
Directed by Deepa Mehta. Cast: Shabana Azmi, Nandita Das, Kulbushan Kharbanda, Jaaved Jaaferi, Ranjit Chowdhry, Kushal Rekhi. A young woman accepts an arranged marriage into a traditional New Delhi family, but finds herself drawn to her sister-in-law. She falls in love for the first time and the fallout from their affair shakes everyone around her to the core. Banned in India, this film was the first to confront lesbianism in that country. 104 in. DVD 2052; vhs 999:2629
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Morris, Gary. "Burning Love: Deepa Mehta's 'Fire'". Bright Lights
"Fire."(Review) GLQ: a journal of lesbian and gay studies v4, n4 (Dec, 1998):631 (6 pages).
Van Gelder, Lawrence. "Fire."(Review) New York Times v146 (Mon, August 25, 1997):B4(N), col 5, 12 col in.

The Republic of Love (Canada / UK, 2003)
Directed by Ketan Mehta. Cast: Bruce Greenwood, Emilia Fox, Edward Fox, Martha Henry. Tom is a charismatic late-night radio talk show host whose unconventional upbringing has made him a little too quick to fall in love and marry. Fay is an academic whose expectations are impossibly high as a result of the living perfection that is her parents' marriage. This unlikely pairing proves the rule that, in love, there are no rules. 96 min. DVD 6344
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Spices (Mirch Masala) (UK / India, 1986)
Directed by Ketan Mehta. Explores a community's reaction to an oppressed woman's plight, as she spurns the unwanted advances of a tax collector and takes refuge in a pepper factory. 999:889
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Water (Canada / India, 2005)
Directed by Deepa Mehta. Cast: Sarala, Lisa Ray, Seema Biswas, John Abraham, Manorma, Raghuvir Yadav, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Waheeda Rehman, Raghuvir Yadav, Vinay Pathak. A Hindu widow in 1938 could throw herself on her husband's funeral pyre, marry her husband's younger brother or live in poverty and self-denial from then on. When eight-year-old Chuyia is widowed, she is sent to a home in the Holy City of Varanasi where Hindu widows live in penitence. Her feisty presence affects the other residents, forcing each to confront their faith and society's prejudices, especially a young woman who has fallen in love with a follower of Gandhi. 117 min. DVD 6449
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Ayelet Menahemi

Noodle (Israel, 2007)
Directed by Ayelet Menahemi. Cast: Mili Avital, BaoQi Chen, Alon Abutbul, Sinaya Ben-Dor, Yiftach Klein, Daphna Shpigelman. At thirty-seven, Miri is a twice-widowed, El Al flight attendant. Her well-regulated existence is suddenly turned upside down by an abandoned Chinese boy whose migrant-worker mother has been summarily deported from Israel. The film is a touching comic-drama in which two human beings -- as different from each other as Tel Aviv is from Beijing -- accompany each other on a remarkable journey, one that takes them both back to a meaningful life. 90 min. DVD X486
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Sipure Tel-Aviv (1992)
Directed by Ayelet Menahemi and Nirit Yaron. Cast: Anat Vaksman, Ruti Goldberg, Yael Avaksis, S'as'on Gabai, Sharon Aleksander, Sa'ar Fain. Three short stories about women in Tel Aviv: one is trying to find the right guy; one is trying to get a divorce from her runaway husband so she takes hostages; one turns Tel Aviv upside down in order to save a kitten trapped in a storm drain. In Hebrew without English subtitles. 109 min. vhs 999:3932
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Nina Menkes

Petrolle, Jean. "Nina Menkes: Allegory, Politics, and the Avant-Garde." In: Women and experimental filmmaking / edited by Jean Petrolle and Virginia Wright Wexman. Urbana : University of Illinois, 2005. (Main Stack PN1995.9.E96.W66 2005; PFA Stack PN1995.9.E96.W66 2005)
Petrolle, Jean. "Sister, sorceress, screen: The films of Nina and Tinka Menkes." Quarterly Review of Film & Video, Mar2000, Vol. 17 Issue 1, p35, 14p UC users only
Willis, H. "An interview with Nina Menkes." Film Quarterly, Spring92, Vol. 45 Issue 3, p7, 6p UC users only
Toufic, Jalal. "I Don't Feel at Home Anywhere [Laughs]: Interview with Nina Menkes." Discourse 21:1 (Winter 1999) p. 154-161 UC users only

The Bloody Child (1996)
Directed by Nina Menkes. Cast: Tinka Menkes, Robert Mueller, Sherry Sibley, Russ Little, Jack O'Hara. Tells the true story of a young U.S. Marine, just back from the Gulf War, who was arrested while digging a grave in the middle of the Mojave Desert for his murdered wife, whose bloodied body lay in the backseat of his car. This provacative meditation on the nature of violence features most of the roles played by actual Desert Storm veterans. 85 min. DVD 8227
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The Great Sadness of Zohara (Israel / Morocco, 1983)
Directed by Nina Menkes. Cast: Tinka Menkes. A young, orthodox Jewish woman is alienated from her Jerusalem community and drawn into the world of spirit. Surrounded by dark sounds of the "Other Side," she moves into remote and increasingly desolate regions of Arab lands. Her journey, like a mystical quest through her own inner landscapes, culminates in her return to Jerusalem. There, indelibly marked, she confronts her deeper loneliness and a devastating sense of exile. Contains no dialogue, but has an intricate soundtrack made up of strange sounds, lines from the Book of Job and at times, powerfully moving Hebrew singing. 40 min. DVD X1708
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Magdalena Viraga: Story of a Red Sea Crossing (USA, 1986)
Directed by Nina Menkes. Cast: Tinka Mendes, Claire Aguilar. A Las Vegas blackjack dealer works at her job, takes care of an old man who lives in a motel, and tries to find her husband who has disappeared. 90 min. DVD X3995
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Queen of Diamonds (USA, 1991)
Directed by Nina Menkes. Cast: Tinka Mendes. A Las Vegas blackjack dealer works at her job, takes care of an old man who lives in a motel, and tries to find her husband who has disappeared. 77 min. DVD X3982
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Agnès Merlet

Artemisia (France / Germany / Italy, 1997)
Directed by Agnès Merlet. Cast: Michel Serrault, Valentina Cervi, Miki Manojlovic, Brigitte Catillon, Maurice Garrel, Emmanuelle Devos. Tells the provocative true story of the beautiful and talented daughter of one of Italy's greatest painters. When Artemisia Gentileschi is forbidden to fully pursue her own passion of painting, she convinces a renowned artist to tutor her. He not only liberates her into the world of art but initiates her into the world of sex and love. 96 min. DVD 6109
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Benedetti, Laura. "Reconstructing Artemisia: Twentieth-Century Images of a Woman Artist." Comparative Literature, Winter99, Vol. 51 Issue 1, p42, 20p UC users only
Charbonnier, J. M. "Identifications d'une femme: Artemisia Gentileschi." [profile of the 17th century artist and film by Agnes Merlet]. Beaux Arts Magazine no. 160 (September 1997) p. 82-7
Felleman, Susan."Dirty Pictures, Mud Lust, and Abject Desire." Film Quarterly; Fall2001, Vol. 55 Issue 1, p27, 14p UC users only
Garrard, M. D. "Artemisia's trial by cinema." [film about A. Gentileschi]. Art in America v. 86 no. 10 (October 1998) p. 65+
Lent, Tina Olsin. "'My heart belongs to daddy': the fictionalization of Baroque artist Artemisia Gentileschi in contemporary film and novels." Literature-Film Quarterly 34.3 (July 2006): 212(7).UC users only
Pollock, Griselda. "A hungry eye: What Does "Artemisia" Tell Us About Sex and Creativity." Sight & Sound; November 1998, Vol. 8 Issue 11, p26-28, 3p UC users only
Tibbetts, John C. "Artemisia (1998)." Film & History, Sep-Dec1998, Vol. 28 Issue 3/4, p82-83, 2p UC users only
Vidal, B. "Feminist Historiographies and the Woman Artist's Biopic: The Case of Artemisia." Screen, vol. 48, no. 1, pp. 69-90, Spring 2007 UC users only

Marziyeh Meshkini

The Day I Became a Woman (Roozi keh zan shodam) (Iran, 2000)
Director, Marziyeh Meshkini; script, Mohsen Makhmalbaf. A drama revolving around three portraits of women at three stages of life in Iran: A nine-year-old girl told she can no longer play with boys because she is now a "woman", a young woman who enters a bicycle race against her husband's wishes, and an old woman who gains money and the freedom to do what she wishes with it. DVD. 78 min. DVD 4688
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Langford, Michelle. "Allegory and the Aesthetics of Becoming-Woman in Marziyeh Meshkini's The Day I Became a Woman." Camera Obscura, Jan2007, Vol. 22 Issue 64, p1-41, 42pUC users only

Márta Mészáros

Örökbefogadás (Adoption) (Hungary, 1975)
Directed by Márta Mészáros. Cast: Berek Kati, Vigh Gyongyver, Lazslo Szabo, Peter Fried. Kati wants a child but her married lover won't oblige - so it falls to Anna her newfound friend, to help her have a child and learn to love and survive. 89 min. DVD 8100
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Nancy Meyers

Something's Gotta Give (2003)
Director, Nancy Meyers. Cast: Jack Nicholson, Diane Keaton, Keanu Reeves, Frances McDormand, Amanda Peet, Jon Favreau, Paul Michael Glaser. A middle-aged womanizer falls in love with the mother of his latest youthful conquest, greatly complicating the lives of all involved. Special features: Optional audio commentary by Meyers, Keaton & Block; optional audio commentary by Meyers & Nicholson; Hampton's house set tour with Amanda Peet (3 min.); deleted scene (3 min.); filmographies (Meyers, Nicholson, Keaton, Reeves, McDormand, Peet, Block); theatrical trailer (3 min.). 128 min. DVD X4253
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Awards
Golden Globes, USA - Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy (Diane Keaton)
National Board of Review, USA - Best Actress

What Women Want (2000)
Director, Nancy Meyers. Cast: Mel Gibson, Helen Hunt, Marisa Tomei, Mark Feuerstein, Lauren Holly, Ashley Johnson, Judy Greer, Alan Alda, Delta Burke, Valerie Perrine, Lisa Edelstein, Sarah Paulson, Bette Midler. A cocky, chauvinistic advertising executive magically acquires the ability to hear what women are thinking. Nick, a chauvinistic advertising exec. hot shot, has his life turned haywire when a fluke accident enables him to hear what women are thinking. At first all he wants to do is rid himself of this curse, until a wacky psychologist shows him that this could be used to his advantage! His first target is Darcy McGuire, the woman that got the promotion he wanted. But just as his plan is beginning to work, love gets in the way... Special features (33 min.): optional audio commentary by Meyers & Hutman; 2 theatrical trailers (5 min. total); "The making of 'What women want'" featurette (16 min.); "'What women want' : a look inside" featurette (12 min.). 126 min. DVD X2401
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Mary Migui

Backlash(Kenya, 2005)
Directed and produced by Mary Migui. Cast: Joyce Gachanja, Reuben Odanga, Wambui Murima, Joseph Omari, Abubakar Mwenda, Sarah Muhoho. A wealthy family in Kenya hides the fact that their son is HIV-positive so that he can marry and provide them with a grandchild. 81 min. DVD X927

Benta(Kenya, 2007)
Directed by Mary Migui. Cast: Janet Kirina, Cajetan Boy, Salome Kinyanjui, Dan Mwangi, Nice Githinji, Betty Ngao, Melvin Alusa, Mike Rewa.Benta, a young girl from a well off family in Kenya finds her life turned around after her family dies in a road accident. She is forced to seek employment at the Fulani household to support her brothers. There she has to deal with the controlling Tabitha, lecherous Phillip, determined Dedan and spoilt Sheeana. 110 min. DVD X929

Tahmineh Milani

Tahmineh Milani bibliography

Ceasefire (Atash bas) (Iran, 2006)
Director, Tahmineh Milani. Cast: Mohammad Reza Golzar, Mahnaz Afshar, Atila Pesyani, Keikavous Yakideh, Nilufar Khosh Kholgh. An Iranian romantic comedy concerning a newlywed couple who hit a rough patch early on as they attempt to learn how to communicate with each other. Soon the wife goes to a psychiatrist in order to help counsel her through the problems. 105 min. DVD 973
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The Hidden Half (Nimeh-ye penhan) (Iran, 2001)
Director, Tahmineh Milani. Khosro is sent from the president's office on a fact-finding mission to Shiraz, to investigate the complaints of a female political prisoner awaiting execution. Khosro's wife Fereshteh, being of the same generation as the prisoner, decides to do something about her situation. Fereshteh writes of her own participation in the revolution of 1980, of which her husband is unaware. In his hotel room in Shiraz, Khosro begins to read his wife's memoirs the night before he is to visit the prisoner. 108 min. DVD 1846; vhs 999:3293
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The Legend of Sigh (Afsane-ye-ah) (Iran, 1991)
Director, Tahmineh Milani. According to Iranian legend, Ah is a handsome young man who materializes to succor those in need whenever he hears a heartfelt sigh. With the help of Ah, a woman novelist suffering from writer's block experiences the lives of four women from different social strata. Presents a fascinating portrait of a range of Iranian women and their problems. 96 min. 999:3297
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Two Women (Iran, 1998)
Director, Tahmineh Milani. Two women who have been close friends and classmates attending architectural school at Tehran University during the first years of the Islamic Republic, loose touch for various reasons including the cultural revolution. Fifteen years later they find each other and review all that has happened to them during those years. 96 min. DVD 1847; vhs 999:3294
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Rebecca Miller

Personal Velocity: Three Portraits (2002)
Director, Rebecca Miller. Cast: Kyra Sedgwick, Parker Posey, Fairuza Balk, David Warshofsky, Leo Fitzpatrick, Tim Guinee, Patti D'Arbanville, Wallace Shawn, Ron Leibman. Three stories of women on their way to life-changing crossroads. One is a battered wife fleeing her husband, one is a young woman dealing with feelings of infidelity and the third is a pregnant woman trapped in a relationship she doesn't want. 86 min. DVD 3526
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Sundance Festival: Grand Jury Prize - Dramatic Work (2002)

Pilar Miró

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Beltenebros (Spain / Netherlands, 1991)
Directed by Pilar Miró. Cast: Terence Stamp, Patsy Kensit, José Luis Gomez. One night in the winter of 1962, Captain Darman remembers events of the Spanish Civil War. Days before in England he had been charged with a secret mission, to fly to Madrid and execute a traitor who had infiltrated the Communist Party's clandestine apparatus. But Darman remembers a similar order 16 years before. 110 min. DVD 8610; DVD 3317 (In Spanish without subtitles); also VHS (PAL) 999:3560
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El Crimen de Cuenca (Spain, 1979)
Director, Pilar Miró. A realistically detailed film based on a true event in which two innocent men were accused of killing a priest who disappeared from their town in the early 1900s. The men are tortured to elicit confessions in scenes which graphically portray the methods of the Guardia Civil. The film, a plea to end police brutality and provincial ignorance, was banned in Spain until 1982. 90 min. 999:1791
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El Perro del hortelano (Spain, TV, 1995)
Directed by Pilar Miró. Emma Suarez, Carmelo Gomez, Ana Duato, Fernando Conde, Miguel Rellan, Angel de Andres, Juan Gea, Maite Blasco, Rafael Alonso. A 17th-century Spanish noblewoman romances her low-born personal secretary, who is in love with her maid. In French without English subtitles. 109 min. Video/C 5285

Ariane Mnouchkine

Molière (Italy / France, 1978)
Directed by Ariane Mnouchkine. Cast: Philippe Caubère, Jean Daste, Josephine Derenne. How did Moliere (Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, 1622-1673), a child born in 1622 to working-class parents, become such a well-known author? This film dramatizes the life of an honest man who struggles incessantly to practice his art in a century of hypocrisy and repression. 290 min. DVD 4590
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Tambours sur la digue sous forme de pièece ancienne pour marionnettes jouee par des acteurs (France, 2002)
Directed by Ariane Mnouchkine. Theatre du Soleil: Nicolas Sotnikoff, Renata Ramos Maza, Juliana Carneiro da Cunha, Duccio Bellugi Vannuccini, Sava Lolov. This pseudo-ancient quasi-Sino-Japanese stage presentation from the play by Helene Cixous concerns a devastating flood and the question of who shall be saved, the nobility or the peasants. The show is visually stunning as the actors are presented as life-size bunraku puppets, manipulated by black-swathed handlers. In French without English subtitles. 136 min. Video/C 9701

Tracey Moffatt

Tracey Moffatt bibliography

BeDevil(Australia, 1993)
Directed by Tracey Moffat. Three short films from Australia concerning spirits, ghosts and unexplained happenings. Mr. Chuck concerns an island community that still feels the malevolent presence of an American GI who died in the swamps nearby. Choo choo choo choo tells the story of a family who is haunted by invisible trains which run on the tracks next to their home. The final story "Lovin' the spin I'm in" tells of a woman's sense of loss when her son and his lover leave their community to escape opposition to their marriage. The couple dies, but as a young boy discovers, their spirits will never find peace. Video/C 999:3752
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Night Cries: A Rural Tragedy (Australia, 1990)
Directed by Tracey Moffatt. Cast: Marcia Langton, Agnes Hardwick, Jimmy Little. A fictional story in which a middle aged Aboriginal woman resents the responsibility of caring for her old white mother. Her memories and dreams invade her routine until the old woman dies and we share the daughter's sense of loss. 17 min. DVD X7110; Video/C 2957
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Other Moffat films in MRC
Lip. DVD 4791
Doctor Who. Earthshock DVD 2939
Love Video/C MM977
Artist Video/C MM978
My Cyprus: The Country, the Conflict, the Missing Video/C 9309
Nice Coloured Girls Video/C 2956

Andrea Molaioli

La ragazza del lago (The Girl by the Lake)) (2007)
Directed by Andrea Molaioli. Cast: Toni Servillo, Denis Fasolo, Nello Mascia, Giulia Michelini, Marco Baliani, Fausto Maria Sciarappa, Franco Ravera. The body of a young girl is found on the shores of a northern Italian lake. Sanzio, a middle-aged police officer with family troubles of his own, is put in charge of the investigation. He discovers much beneath tranquil appearances in the nearby village. Based on novel Lo sguardo di uno sconosciuto by Karin Fossum. 91 min. DVD 1830
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Kate Montgomery

Christmas in the Clouds (2005)
Directed by Kate Montgomery. Cast: Timothy Vahle, Mariana Tosca, Sam Vlahos, Graham Greene, M. Emmet Walsh, Sheila Tousey, Rosalind Ayres, Jonathan Joss, Rita Coolidge, Wes Studi. Ray has just returned from college to run a Native American ski lodge which he discovers is not exactly four-star travel guide material. When Ray learns that a travel guide representative is coming to make an inspection, he decides to make the lodge a professional place of business. He has to contend with his somewhat eccentric staff, which includes an emotional vegetarian chef who takes delight in informing his diners of the names he has given the animals they are about to eat. Despite Ray's exhaustive preparations, something goes wrong and a case of mistaken identity has the real travel guide representative dealing with a hefty dose of hotel mismanagement. 94 min. DVD X6695
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Josefina Molina

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Esquilache (Spain, 1988)
Director, Josefina Molina. In 18th century Madrid the people rise against the monarchy. The destiny of the crown and the Marques de Esquilache Ilega depend upon the next few hours. In Spanish without subtitles. 102 min. DVD 3319; also VHS 999:3546
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Jocelyn Moorhouse

A Thousand Acres. (1997)
Directed by Jocelyn Moorhouse. Cast: Michelle Pfeiffer, Jessica Lange, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Colin Firth, Keith Carradine, Kevin Anderson, Pat Hingle, Jason Robards. This adaptation of Shakespeare's "King Lear" set on a farm in Iowa, follows the saga of the Cook family. Cook's kingdom is a fertile farm that spans 1,000 acres, but the seeds of its destruction are sown when the patriarch, Larry Cook, impulsively decides to distribute it among his three daughters, Ginny, Rose, and Caroline. 106 min. DVD 9875
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Flavia Moraes

Acquaria (Brazil, 2003)
Directed by Flavia Moraes. Cast: D.L. Junior, Sandy Leáh, Igor Rudoff, Daniel Ribeiro, Wind, Alexandre Borges, Julia Lemmertz, Emilio Orciollo Neto, Milton Goncalves. A futuristic portrayal of the Earth as a dry, waterless planet after many years of mankind's poor treatment of the environment. Sarah and Kim fight to survive in the dangerous landscape, and are constantly searching for the most elusive resource on earth: water. System Details Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 103 min. DVD X3793
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Lúcia Murat

Another Love Story (Maré, nossa história de amor) (Brazil | France | Uruguay, 2007)
Director, Lúcia Murat. Cast: Marisa Orth, Vinicius D'Black, Cristina Lago, Babu Santana. Analídia and Jonathan live in a Brazilian slum divided between two rival gangs who dominate the drug trade. Analídia is the daughter of one of the gangs leaders and Jonathan is a the step-brother of the other gangs leader. Both study in a dance troup in the middle of the two territories and end up falling in love. 105 min. DVD DVD X5944
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Kira Muratova

Chekhovian Motifs (Chekhovskie motivy) (2002)
Director, Kira Muratova. Cast: Sergei Bekhterev, Nina Ruslanova, Natalya Buzko, Filipp Panov. In this comic Ukrainian film a groom is horrified to see his former mistress, who recently committed suicide, attending his wedding. 120 min. DVD 8308
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Uvlecheniya (Avocations) (Russia, 1994)
Directed by Kira Muratova. Cast: Svetlana Kolenda, Renata Litvinova, Mikhail Demidov, Vassily Rybakin, Alexi Shevchenko, Gennady Tkachenko. This Russian film charts two young women's bittersweet search for passion. Lilia and Violetta enter the world of horse racing for the love of the game, and while there, they meet jockeys who are fascinated with them but what takes precedence -- love or sports? They'll soon find out. 107 min. DVD 7940
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Katrina Murray

The Secret Garden (UK, TV, 1975)
Directed by Katrina Murray. Cast: Sarah Hollis Andrews, John Woodnutt, David Patterson, Jacqueline Hoyle. In 19th-century India, little Mary Lennox is suddenly orphaned by cholera. Her only living relative is her crook-backed uncle, Archibald Craven, so Mary is sent to live at his estate on the Yorkshire moors. Rude and unpleasant, Mary gradually begins to change as she explores the manor and grows to know some of the servants, particularly her maid Martha, and Ben Weatherstaff the gardener. With the help of a robin, Mary discovers a secret garden. She also discovers a cousin she never knew she had, and begins to form plans that transform her cousin, the garden, and ultimately herself. Based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett. 200 min. DVD 6816
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Celina Murga

Ana y los otros (Ana and the Others) (Argentina, 2003)
Directed by Celina Murga. Cast: Camila Toker, Ignacio Uslenghi, Natacha Massera, Juan Cruz Diaz la Barba. Ana is a young woman who lives in Buenos Aires and returns to her native city, Parana, where she meets old friends, makes new ones, revisits her past and begins to rethink her life. 80 min. DVD 6897
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Marva Nabili

The Sealed Soil (Khake Sar Beh Morh) (Iran, 1977)
Directed by Marva Nabili. Cast: Flora Shabaviz with the villagers of Ghalleh Noo-Asgar. Tells the story of a young woman in pre-revolution Iran caught between the traditional values of her small village and her own yearnings for independence and individuality. "Made surreptitiously in 1977 just as the Ayatollah Khomeini regime was coming to power, a rough cut of 'The Sealed Soil" was smuggled out of Iran by the director in a false-bottomed suitcase, and taken to the U.S., where she completed her final cut. Written and directed by the first woman to direct a film in Iran, the film has never been seen in Iran." 90 min. 999:3295
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Fanta Régina Nacro

The Night of Truth (La Nuit de la vérité) (Burkina Faso, 2004)
Directed by Fanta Regina Nacro. Cast: Naky Sy Savane, Georgette Pare, Adama Ouedraogo, Rasmane Ouedrago, Moussa Cisse. In an unspecified country in Africa, after ten years of bloody war, the Nayaks, the President's ethnic group, and the Bonandes, rebels supporting Colonel Theo, come together to celebrate the peace agreement. But the reconciliation festivities are overshadowed by the terrible barbarities that have been committed on both sides. Non-US (PAL) format DVD. 100 min. DVD 6201
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Sisters of the Screen: African Women in the Cinema
Cast: Safi Faye, Sarah Maldoror, Prudence Uriri, Anne Mungai, Fanta Regina Nacro, Ngozi Onwurah and others. Explores the extraordinary contributions of women filmmakers from Africa through Interviews with thirty-five women filmmakers from Africa and the African diaspora, interspersed with clips from their films. Also investigates the thorny question of cultural authenticity. A film by Beti Ellerson. 2002. 73 min. Video/C MM506

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Mira Nair

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Amelia(2009)
Directed by Mira Nair. Cast: Hilary Swank, Richard Gere, Ewan McGregor, Christopher Eccleston. Kansas-born girl, Amelia Earhart discovers the thrill of aviation at age 23. Within 12 years she goes on to win the Distinguished Flying Cross for being the first woman to pilot a plane solo across the Atlantic Ocean. Amelia and her husband/business partner George Putnam have an enduring marriage that could not be broken by her determination to fly, nor her passionate affair with Gene Vidal. At age 39, she sets out on an attempt to circumnavigate the globe, an adventure that catapults her into aviation myth. Special features: Deleted scenes; "A social worker in Boston" featurette; "Amelia's fianc?e before the Friendship Flight" featurette; "The queen of diamonds, Mabel Boll" featurette; "Arrival in Wales" featurette; "Dorothy Putnam" featurette; "Dorothy's departure" featurette; "George and Gene" featurette; Rose Garden press conference; "Going cameling" featurette; additional around the world flying montage; "Making Amelia" featurette; "The power of Amelia Earhart" featurette; Movietone News Reels; trailers. 111 min.DVD X2902
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Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love(India, 1996)
Directed by Mira Nair . In a seductive tale of love and betrayal, a king's courtesan is forbidden her one true love. Trained in the art of pleasure, Maya, the beautiful servant girl becomes defiant, rebelling against ancient tradition. As passion takes over, the conflict brings consequences that no one ever envisioned. 1997. 114 min. 999:1814
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Mississippi Masala. (1991)
Directed by Mira Nair. Cast: Denzel Washington, Sarita Choudhury, Roshan Seth, Sharmila Tagore, Charles S. Dutton, Joe Seneca, Ranjit Chowdhry. In this interracial love story, an African American businessman falls for a beautiful Indian immigrant who's family was expelled from Uganda under the reign of dictator, Idi Amin. As their love grows they must deal with shock and outrage from both families. 118 min. Video DVD 2107; vhs 999:1201
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Monsoon Wedding (India / USA / France / Italy / Germany, 2002)
Directed by Mira Nair. Cast: Naseeruddin Shah, Lillete Dubey, Shefali Shetty, Vijay Raaz, Tilotama Shome, Vasundhara Das, Parvin Dabas, Kulbhushan Kharbanda. Love, lust and hope envelop an upper middle-class Indian family and their world-wide guests as they celebrate for four days the arranged marriage of their daughter to an East Indian man from Texas. Special features: The making of "Monsoon wedding"; feature commentary with Mira Nair ; theatrical trailer. 115 min. DVD 1346
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Awards
Venice Film Festival - Golden Lion; Laterna Magica Prize

My Own Country (USA, 1998)
Directed by Mira Nair. A small-town doctor, making the adjustment of coming from India to the rural town of Johnson City, Tennessee, must win the acceptance and trust of his community when the town's first documented case of AIDS is reported. Based on true events, this a powerfully moving story of one doctor's brave search for home and belonging. 106 min. 999:2758
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The Namesake (India / USA, 2006)
Directed by Mira Nair. Cast: Kal Penn, Tabu, Irrfan Khan, Jacinda Barrett, Zuleikha Robinson. The American-born son of Indian immigrants feels pulled between his ethnic heritage and his desire to assimilate, especially after becoming involved with two very different women. 122 min. DVD 9254
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The Perez Family (1995)
Directed by Mira Nair. Cast: Marisa Tomei, Alfred Molina, Chazz Palminteri, Anjelica Huston, Trini Alvardo, Celia Cruz. Free-spirited Dottie Perez is leaving Cuba for America, her head filled with dreams of movies, mascara and dates with John Wayne. Strait-laced Juan Perez is headed for a reunion with Carmela, the wife he hasn't seen in 20 years. But when an overworked immigration officer mistakes Dottie and Juan for husband and immigration officer mistakes Dottie and Juan for husband and wife, the stage is set for a merry marital mix-up, and some very unpredictable romances. Based upon the novel by Christine Bell (UCB Main PS3552.E489 P47 1990; UCB Moffitt PS3552.E489 P47 1990; UCB Chicano PZ4.B35 P3). 135 min. DVD X4270; vhs 999:1442
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Salaam Bombay! (UK / India / France, 1988)
Directed by Mira Nair. Cast: Shafiq Syed, Hansa Vithal, Chandra Sharma, Aneeta Kanwar, Raghubir Yadav, Nana Patekar. Krisha, a ten year old boy, has been abandoned in Bombay by his mother. He tries to earn money to go home while he lives in the streets. 114 min. DVD 6917; vhs 999:136
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Awards
Cannes Film Festival - Audience Award (Mira Nair)

Vanity Fair(UK / USA, 2004)
Directed by Mira Nair. Cast: Reese Witherspoon, Eileen Atkins, Jim Broadbent, Gabriel Byrne, Romola Garai, Bob Hoskins, Rhys Ifans, Geraldine McEwan, James Purefoy, Jonathan Rhys Meyers. Becky is determined to make something of herself so she accepts a job as a nanny for the children of Sir Pitt Crawley where she catches the eye of Crawley's son Rawdon. Becky is introduced to London's most exclusive social circle, where she becomes re-acquainted with Amelia. Becky weds Rawdon, but the social and economic stability she dreamed of begins to collapse when he begins drowning his troubles, and soon she turns to the powerful Marquess of Steyne for support. Meanwhile, Amelia's fortunes fall even harder following the death of her husband. Special features: The women behind 'Vanity fair': the predominantly female cast and crew reveal how they flawlessly portrayed women of the time in London; director's commentary: Mira Nair shares her unique vision and personal inspiration in this insightful discussion; deleted scenes; welcome to 'Vanity fair': a behind-the-scenes look at bringing this timeless story to the big screen. 140 min. DVD 3581
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Documentaries by Nair

Laughing Club of India DVD 2022
11'09"01: September 11 DVD 3488
India Cabaret Video/C 2568
So Far From India DVD X3206; vhs Video/C 2169
Jama Masjid Street Journal Video/C 4724

Jessie Nelson

Corina Corina (1994)
Directed by Jessie Nelson. Cast: Whoopi Goldberg, Ray Liotta, Tina Majorino, Wendy Crewson, Larry Miller, Joan Cusack, Don Ameche. A funny, heart-warming story of a newly widowed man struggling to raise his little girl, and the woman who brings magic and laughter back into their lives when she comes to be their housekeeper. 115 min. DVD X6569
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I Am Sam (1998)
Directed by Jessie Nelson. Cast: Sean Penn, Michelle Pfeiffer, Dakota Fanning. Sam Dawson has the mental capacity of a 7-year-old. He works at a Starbucks, is obsessed with the Beatles and has a daughter with a homeless woman who abandons them. As the daughter reaches age 7, Sam's limitations start to become a problem. When the authorities take his daughter away, Sam shames a high-priced lawyer into taking his case pro bono. In the process, he teaches her a great deal about love, and whether it's really all you need. 134 min. DVD 2300
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Shirin Neshat

Women Without Men (Zana-n bidu-n-i mardan) (Iran, 2009)
Directed by Shirin Neshat and Shoja Azari. Cast: Pegah Ferydoni, Arita Shahrzad, Shabnam Tolouei, Orsi Toth. Set against the political turmoil of Iran's 1953 coup d'etat, tells the story of four disparate women whose lives converge in a mystical orchard on the outskirts of Tehran. Adapted from the novel 'Women without men' by Shahrnush Parsipur. Special features: Behind the scenes featurette; Walker Art Center Q&A; theatrical trailer; Shirin Neshat video compilation; 2 slideshows featuring: "Production of Women without men" and "The Art of Shirin Neshat"; trailers for other IndiePix films. 95 min. DVD DVD X5576
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Sandra Nettelbeck

Bella Martha (Mostly Martha) (Italy / Germany / Austria / Switzerland, 2001)
Directed by Sandra Nettelbeck. Cast: Martina Gedeck, Maxime Foerste, August Zirner, Ulrich Thomsen, Sibylle Canonica, Katja Studt, Idil Uner, Sergio Castellitto. Martha is the chef who fusses and obsesses over each dish before it leaves the kitchen. The demands of her job and her natural shyness keep her from meeting new people. When her sister suddenly dies and Martha adopts Lina, her eight-year-old niece, she finds unexpected help from Mario, Martha's hunky new sous chef, who is not only a whiz on the chopping block but knows sundry magic tricks and jokes to keep Lina's spirits afloat. Just as Martha starts to grow attached to the girl, Lina's erratic father shows up demanding that he take her back to Italy with him. 107 min. DVD 1657
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Marie Noelle

The Anarchist's Wife (Die Frau des Anarchisten) (Germany | Spain | France, 2008)
Directed by Marie Noelle and Peter Sehr. Cast: Juan Diego Botto, Maria Valverde, Nina Hoss, Jean-Marc Barr. The story of Manuela who is left behind when her husband Justo fights for his ideals against Franco's Nationalists during the Spanish Civil War. He is deported to a concentration camp, and upon his release, continues the fight against nationalism in the French resistance. As the years pass, Spain suffers through the Civil War and World War II, while Manuela cares for her children, searching for the man she loves trying to hold on to the hope that he will someday return. 118 min. DVD X5400
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Mabel Normand

Mabel at the Wheel (1914)
Directed by Mabel Normand and Mack Sennett. Cast: Charles Chaplin and Mabel Normand. Charlie, competing with his rival's race car, offers Mabel a ride on his motorcycle but drops her in a puddle. He next joins some dubious characters in abduction of his rival just before the race for the Vanderbilt Cup. With her boyfriend locked up in a shed, Mabel takes his place. Charlie does what he can to sabotage the race, even causing Mabel's car to overturn. 18 min. DVD 15; vhs Video/C 999:1465
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Mabel's Busy Day (1914)
Directed by Mabel Normand. Cast: Charles Chaplin, Mabel Normand, Chester Conklin, Slim Summerville. A hotdog girl gives one to a policeman who then allows her into a race track. While other customers swipe her hotdogs, Charlie runs off with the whole box, pretending to sell them while actually giving them away. She calls her policeman who battles Charlie. 10 min. Video/C 999:1457
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Mabel's Wilful Way (1915)
Directed by Mabel Normand. Cast: Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle, Mabel Normand. As Mabel is dining out with her parents, she begins to find the orchestra's music annoying, and she wanders off to the fairgrounds nearby. There Mabel meets two mischief-loving young men, and she joins them in some of their antics. Meanwhile, Mabel's parents have started to look for her, and they are most unprepared for what they will find. 10 min. DVD 4021
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Wished on Mabel(1915)
Directed by Mabel Normand. Cast: Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle, Mabel Normand, Alice Davenport. As Mabel is in the park with her over-protective mother, she sees her boyfriend and asks him to join them. When the couple slips away to be by themselves, a thief steals Mabel's mother's watch. While the mother is trying to get help from a policeman, the thief encounters Mabel and her boyfriend. Soon a complicated situation develops DVD 4021
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María Novaro

Danzón. (Mexico/Spain, 1991)
Directed by MaríaNovaro. Cast: Maria Rojo, Blanca Guerra, Tito Vasconcelos, Carmen Salinas. Julia is a phone operator in Mexico City who divides her time between her job, her daughter and the danzon: a cuban dance very popular in Mexico and Central America. Every wednesday Julia does the danzon with Carmelo in the old 'Salon Colonia'. They've danced for years but barely know each other. One night Carmelo disappears without a trace. Feeling lonely and sad, Julia takes a train to Veracruz, where she knows Carmelo has a brother. That sudden trip will change Julia's life forever.103 min. DVD X4982; vhs 999:1375
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Rashkin, Elissa. "María Novaro: Exploring the Mythic Nation." In: Women filmmakers in Mexico : the country of which we dream / Elissa J. Rashkin. Austin : University of Texas Press, 2001. / Ann Marie Stock, editor. Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, c1997. (Full text available online [UCB users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks; PFA PN1993.5.M4 R33 2001)

Lola (Mexico, 1989)
Directed by María Novaro. Cast: Leticia Huijara, Alejandra Vargas, Martha Navarro, Roberto Sosa, Mauricio Rivera, Javier Zaragoza. In this tender family drama, Lola is a single mother living in Mexico City who earns her living as a street vendor. She and the other unlicensed vendors like her must keep an eye out for the police, and at the same time must try to eke out a living selling clothing irregulars. Despite that, she has a good relationship with her daughter. It's probably just as well that her rock-guitarist boyfriend abandoned her. 93 min. DVD X142
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Sin dejar huella (Without a Trace) (Spain / Mexico, 2000)
Directed by María Novaro. Cast: Aitana Sánchez-Gijón, Tiaré Scanda, Jesús Ochoa, Mart?n Altomaro. The story of two women on the run: one a Spanish dealer in ersatz Mayan relics the other a young mother who has run away from her drug dealer boyfriend and who hopes to build a better life for her two children. The two women ultimately form a bond of solidarity and camaraderie that is put to the test when both a border officer and the boyfriend catch up with them. 113 min. DVD X997
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Emiko Omori

The Departure(1991)
Directed by Emiko Omori. Cast: Emily Woo Yamasaki, Moss Fujii, Marc Hayashi, and Suzie Kobuchi Okazaki. A family of Japanese immigrants living in the Central Valley, Calif., just before WWII; centers on decision to sell dolls passed from mother to daughter. 13 min. Video/C 1971

Documentaries directed or filmed by Omori:

Ripe for Change (producer) DVD 4784
Rabbit in the Moon(Director) Video/C 6310
A Regret to Inform (cinematographer) DVD 5428; vhs Video/C 6746
A Fall of the I-Hotel (cinematographer) DVD 9475; vhs Video/C 1960
A Coming to Light Edward S. Curtis and the North American Indians (cinematographer) DVD 3194; Video/C 7339
A Race Is the Place (cinematographer) DVD 6153

Midi Onodera

Skin Deep (Canada, 1997)
Directed by Midi Onodera. Cast: Natsuko Ohama, Keram Malicki-Sanchez, Dana Brooks, Melanie Nicholls-King, David Crean. Alex, a lesbian film maker with help from her sexy assistant/lover Montana, has completed a critically acclaimed first feature. When Alex decides to make a film on body art, she places an ad in a local tattoo magazine for production help. Chris, a young woman with a male personality responds. Alex becomes so fixated with her project that she begins to poach Chris' experiences for her script. Blinded by ambition, Alex fails to recognize Chris' growing infatuation for her until everything spirals dangerously out of control. 82 min. 999:2107
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Ngozi Onwurah

Hangtime(Nigeria)
Directed by Ngozi Onwurah. Desperate to impress an American scout, a talented basketball player turns to crime in order to get the sneakers he believes will fulfill his dreams. (Included in anthology Mama Africa) 30 min. DVD 1815

Documentaries by Onwurah:

The Preferred Sex...The Desired Number. Video/C 4011
And Still I Rise. Video/C 3368
Monday's Girls. Video/C 3729
The Body Beautiful. Video/C 3274
Coffee Colored Children. DVD X2407; vhs Video/C 3280

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Sisters of the Screen: African Women in the Cinema
Cast: Safi Faye, Sarah Maldoror, Prudence Uriri, Anne Mungai, Fanta Regina Nacro, Ngozi Onwurah and others. Explores the extraordinary contributions of women filmmakers from Africa through Interviews with thirty-five women filmmakers from Africa and the African diaspora, interspersed with clips from their films. Also investigates the thorny question of cultural authenticity. A film by Beti Ellerson. 2002. 73 min. Video/C MM506

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Suzanne Osten

Speak Up! It's So Dark (Tala! Det är så mörkt) (Sweden, 1992)
Director, Suzanne Osten. Cast: Etienne Glaser, Simon Norrthon. Jacob, a Jewish psychiatrist, and Soren, a Nazi skinhead, meet accidentally. Soren has just been beaten up while taking part in a neo-Nazi demonstration. After attending to Soren's wounds, Jacob asks him to come to his office the following afternoon. Thus begins a series of explosive, sometime shocking encounters that radically affect both men. Soren begins the sessions as an unapologetic racist and neo-Nazi, while Jacob, whose relatives were killed at Auschwitz, must confront his own rage and fear. 86 min. 999:3616
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Ulrike Ottinger

Bildnis einer Trinkerin (Ticket of No Return) (West Germany, 1979)
Directed by Ulrike Ottinger. Cast: Tabea Blumenschein, Magdalena Montezuma, Nina Hagen, Eddie Constantine. A drunken sightseeing tour of Berlin presented through a portrait of two extremely different women in an exploration of the complexity of female identity. This drinkers' geography of Berlin is complemented by people who live in Berlin or are visiting, including rock singers, writers, taxi drivers and an artist. 108 min. 999:3431
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Dorian Gray im Spiegel der Boulevardpresse (West Germany, 1984)
Director, Ulrike Ottinger. Cast: Tabea Blumenschein, Irm Hermann, Magdalena Montezuma, Delphine Seyrig, Toyo Tanaka, Barbara Valentin, Veruschka von Lehndorff. Dr. Mabuse, the president of a multinational press conglomerate, has an unscrupulous plan to increase circulation. She wants to use her company to create a human being that she can shape and control according to the corporation's requirements. Enter Dorian Gray, a wealthy and handsome young man whom Mabuse leads on a nightmare journey through the Berlin underworld. "We shall let him experience everything the reader does not dare to dream," she explains. 150 min. 999:3344
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Johanna d'Arc of Mongolia (West Germany / France, 1988)
Director, Ulrike Ottinger. Cast: Delphine Seyrig, Irm Hermann, Gillian Scalici, Ines Sastre, Xu Re Huar. This epic adventure set in Mongolia traces a fantastic encounter between two different worlds. Seven western women travelers meet aboard the sumptuous, meticulously reconstructed Trans-Siberian Express, a rolling museum of European culture. Suddenly ambushed by a band of Mongol horsewomen, the company is abducted to the plains of Inner Mongolia where they embark on a camel ride across the magnificent countryside. 165 min. 999:3341
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Madame X: ein absolute herrscherin (Madame X: An Absolute Ruler) (West Germany, 1977)
Director, Ulrike Ottinger. Cast: Tabea Blumenschein, Roswitha Janz, Lutze, Mona III, Yvonne Rainer, Claudia Skoda, Mackay Taylor, Monika von Cube, Irene von Lichtenstein. In this allegory, Madame X, the cruel, uncrowned ruler of the China seas, promises "gold, love, and adventure" to all women who'll leave their humdrum lives behind. Gathered aboard her ship the women's utopia devolves into betrayal and self-destruction as the power games of the outside world are ritualized among them. 145 min. 999:3342
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The Specimen(Germany, 2002)
Directed by Ulrike Ottinger. Cast: Hanns Zischler, Raymond Wolff, Thorsten Heidel, Heidi von Plato, Eva Ebner, Boris Raev, Sissi Tax. And in this cabinet" the head of the museum says, "you will find something very unique; in fact unique and one-of-its-kind in all of the USSR: the specimen of a philistine from the year nineteen-o-five." A tsarist civil servant of high status , the philistine, before the revolution, ... falls in a deep, lethargic sleep. When, 20 years later, he wakes up and finds himself in a post-revolutionary still young Soviet Union, he is stunned and shocked. But a philistine always finds his way..." 10 min. DVD X7330
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Superbia: der Stolz (2002)
Cast Delphine Seyrig, Irm Hermann, Else Nabu, Renate Schlesier, Ting-i Li, Hisao Saito, Margie Ellgaard, Gabriele Heidecker, Wolfgang Petrick. "Superbia : Pride is the first of the seven deadly sins. The introduction is made through early allegorical forms and figures (triumphal procession, dance of death, Baroque tragedy etc.) The triumphal procession of the giant haystack as a symbol of human vanities becomes a military parade of abrupt, functional and arrogant gestures. The most diverse musical fragments and rhythms intone the montage of details in the staged triumphal procession, juxtaposed with documentary images, including marches, ticker-tape parades and military review." -- Director's Web site. 15 min. DVD X7327

Zwölf Stühle (Twelve Chairs) (Germany, 2004)
Directed by Ulrike Ottinger. Cast: Georgi Delijew, Genadi Skarga, Swetlana Djagiljewa, Boris Raev, Olga Rawitzkaja, Anatoli Paduka, Juri Lopariow, Georgi Derewjanski. When a former aristocrat who is now a Russian clerk under the new Soviet regime learns that his dying mother-in-law sewed a fortune of family jewels into one of twelve dining room chairs, he sets off across Russia to find it --with an opportunist, a priest and his former servant all in pursuit. Based on the novel The twelve chairs by Ilya Ilf and Yevgeni Petrov. 198 min. DVD X7331
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Documentaries by Ottinger:

Ester: Ein Purimspiel in Berlin (2002) 31 min. DVD X7328
Die koreanische Hochzeitstruhe (2009) 82 min. DVD X7324
Still Moving(2002) 29 min. DVD X7329
Südostpassage (Southeast Passage: Journey to the New Blank Areas on the European Map)(2002) 6 videodiscs (363 min.) DVD X7325
Taiga (1992)< 5 videodiscs (501 min.) DVD X7323
Usinimage (1987) 11 min. DVD X7326

Euzhan Palcy

A Dry White Season.
Directed by Euzhan Palcy. Cast: Donald Sutherland, Janet Suzman, Jurgen Prochnow, Zakes Mokae, Susan Sarandon, Marlon Brando. The politics of apartheid are put into meaningful, human terms in this critically acclaimed film about a prominent White schoolteacher who is awakened to the reality of South African justice. 107 min. DVD 8407; vhs 999:474
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Ruby Bridges (TV, 1998)
Directed by Euzhan Palcy. Cast: Penelope Ann Miller, Kevin Pollak, Michael Beach, Jean Louisa Kelly, Peter Francis James, Patrika Darbo, Chaz Monet, Diana Scarwid, Lela Rochon. When bright six year old Ruby is chosen to be the first African-American to integrate her local New Orleans elementary school, she is subjected to the true ugliness of racism for the very first time. 90 min. DVD X3462
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Sugar Cane Alley (Rue Cases-Nègres) (France / Martinique, 1995)
Directed by Euzhan Palcy. Cast: Darling Legitimus, Garry Cadenat, Douta Seck, Joby Bernabe. The teenage life and adventures of young Jose, who lives in a shanty-town on Martinique in the mid-1930s, comprises the body of this film. Jose lives with his grandmother and is well aware of the French colonial presence. He gets into mischief, learns valuable lessons on living from an old former slave, drinks too much one time, and even sets fire to one of the run-down shanties. Regardless of his pranks, Jose never neglects his education. 107 min. DVD 3041; vhs 999:254
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Awards
César Awards, France - Best First Work
Venice Film Festival - Best First Work; Best Actress (Darling Légitimus)

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HerStory
Ally Acker presents an archival journey from 1896 to the present of the pioneering female filmmakers who transformed the movies and challenged the industry. Using rare clips and interviews she recounts a ground-breaking herstory of Hollywood directors, screenwriters, producers, editors and executives left out of the history books. Featuring: Lillian Gish, Sherry Lansing, Ida Lupino, Euzhan Palcy, June Mathis, Lenore Coffee, Grace Cunard, Mary Pickford, Alice Guy Blache, Lois Weber, Dorothy Arzner, Nell Shipman, Frances Marion, Anita Loos, Mae West, Virginia Van Upp, Maya Deren, Germaine Dulac, Elaine May, Claudia Weill, Susan Seidelman, Sherry Lansing, Dede Allen. Based on the book: Reel Women: Pioneers of the Cinema, 1896 to the Present by Ally Acker (Main Stack PN1998.2.A24 1991) 1993. 55 min. Video/C 9416

Nina Paley

Sita Sings the Blues(2008)
Directed by Nina Paley. Voices: Annette Hanshaw, Reena Shah, Sanjiv Jhaveri, Pooja Kumar, Debargo Sanyal, Aladdin Ullah, Nitya Vidyasagar. This animated reinterpretation of the Indian epic Ramayana blends the stories of Sita, a goddess separated from her husband Rama, and Nina, an animator whose husband moves to India, then dumps her by email. Animated characters done in the style of traditional Indian shadow puppets narrate the tragicomic storylines, with Sita's singing voice represented by 1920's-era recordings of jazz performer Annette Hanshaw. Based on: The Ramayana of Valmiki. 82 min. DVD X2881
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Liliana Paolinelli

Por sus propios ojos (Proper Eyes)(Argentina | France, 2007)
Directed by Liliana Paolinelli. Cast: Ana Carabajal, Luisa Nuñez, Maximiliano Gallo, Mara Santucho. A film student writing her thesis on women prisoners meets a woman who, in return for an interview, wants to visit her son in prison. After arranging the meeting, they both enter the prison with unexpected consequences. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 78 min. DVD X7361
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Sai Paranjpye

Sparsa (Sparsh) (India, 1980)
Directed by Sai Paranjpye. Cast: Naseeruddin Shah, Shabana Azmi, Sudha Chopra, Om Puri. Anirund Parma is the blind principal of a school for the blind, but he does not allow this handicap to get in his way. He falls in love with a social worker and plans to marry her, but begins to have reservations about the marriage as he feels that he is being pitied. DVD 3492
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Christine Parker

Peach. (New Zealand, 1995)
Directed by Christine Parker. Cast: Tania Simon, Lucy Lawless, Joel Tobeck. Lucy Lawless is a truck driver who is attracted to a young Maori woman. 16 min. DVD 3615
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Pratibha Parmar

Nina's Heavenly Delights (2006)
Directed by Pratibha Parmar. Cast: Laura Fraser, Art Malik, Ronnie Jhutti, Veena Sood, Shelley Conn. A young woman must take over her father's Indian restaurant and compete in The Best of the West Curry Competition. When Nina then falls in love with the beautiful Lisa, she begins to question a world that has been thrown into sudden turmoil. Now she wonders if her feelings will ever be reciprocated and if they are, what will this mean for Nina and her family? 94 min. DVD 8743
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Documentaries by Parmar:

Flesh & Paper 1992. vhs Video/C 9132
Jodie 1992. vhs Video/C 9128
Khush 1992. vhs Video/C 4932
A Place of Rage 1992. DVD X60; vhs Video/C 2321
Righteous Babes 1992. vhs Video/C 7974
Sari Red 1992. vhs Video/C 3462
Warrior Marks 1992. vhs Video/C 3348

Kimberly Peirce

Boys Don't Cry (1970)
Directed by Kimberly Peirce. Cast: Hilary Swank, Chloë Sevigny, Peter Sarsgaard, Brendan Sexton III. Based on a true story of a teenager, Teena Brandon, who altered her appearance to appear as a man and assumed the name Brandon Teena. She moved to a tiny Nebraska town and made new friends under her new identity. All went well until her new friends discovered her secret with shocking consequences. 118 min. DVD 4132
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Awards

Academy Award - Best Actress (Hilary Swank)
Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards - Best Actress (Hilary Swank)
Golden Globes, USA - Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama (Hilary Swank)
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards - Best Actress (Hilary Swank); Best Supporting Actress (Chloë Sevigny)
National Board of Review, USA - Breakthrough Performance, Female (Hilary Swank); Oustanding Directorial Debut (Kimberly Peirce)
National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA - Best Supporting Actress (Chloë Sevigny)
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Actress (Hilary Swank)

The Brandon Teena Story

Stop-loss (2008)
Directed by Kimberly Peirce. Cast: Ryan Phillippe, Abbie Cornish, Channing Tatum, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ciaran Hinds, Timothy Olyphant, Victor Rasuk, Rob Brown. Decorated Iraq war hero Sgt. Brandon King makes a celebrated return to his small Texas hometown following his tour of duty. He tries to resume the life he left behind with the help and support of his family and his best friend, Steve Shriver, who served with him in Iraq. Along with their other war buddies, Brandon and Steve try to make peace with civilian life. Then, against Brandon's will, the Army orders him back to duty in Iraq, which upends his world. The conflict tests everything he believes in - the bond of family, the loyalty of friendship, the limits of love and the value of honor. Special features: Commentary by director Kimberly Peirce and co-writer Mark Richard; "The making of Stop-loss" featurette; "A day in boot camp" featurette; 11 additional scenes. 111 min. DVD 9900
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TV Programs:
The L Word: Lifeline (DVD 6478)

Teresa de Pelegri

Seres queridos (Only Human) (Spain/Argentina/Portugal/UK, 2004)
Directors, Teresa de Pelegri & Dominic Harari. Cast: Norma Aleandro, Guillermo Toledo, Maria Botto, Marian Aguilera, Fernando Ramallo. When Leni comes home to introduce her fiance Rafi to her idiosyncratic Jewish family, everything goes smoothly until the lovers belatedly reveal that Rafi is Palestinian. 86 min. DVD 6585
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Donna Deitch

Peng Xiaolian

Women's Story (Nu jen ti ku shih) (China, 1988)
Directed by Peng Xiaolian. A poignant tale of three peasant Chinese women who flee their village to taste freedom in the big city and escape the sexist oppression of rural China. There they experience failure and success, finally starting new lives. When they eventually return to their village they find that while life there has not changed, they have. 96 min. 999:2828
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Jennifer Phang

Love Ltd. (2000)
Directed by Jennifer Phang. Cast: Lynne Bolen, Deondray Gossett, Keisuke Hoashi, Michelle Ingkavet, Dennis Lau, Emil Lin. Dinner at the Lee household becomes heart-wrenching when a gay sister and brother each try to come out to their mother. A story about coming to terms with one's sexuality...a family's inability to communicate and its inevitable consequences. 24 min. Video/C MM1125
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Kristine Peterson

Body Chemistry(1990)
Directed by Kristine Peterson. Cast: Marc Singer, Mary Crosby, Lisa Pescia, Joseph Campanella, David Kagen. Tom and Clare are two doctors who meet doing a research project on sexual response. Married Tom is seduced by single Clare. When Tom desperately tries to break away, Clare clutches tighter, threatening and arousing him at the same time. The chemistry may be right...but the consequences can be murder. DVD X5530; vhs 999:2361
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SarahPolley

Away from Her (2002)
Directed by Sarah Polley. Cast: Gordon Pinsent, Julie Christie, Olympia Dukakis, Michael Murphy, Wendy Crewson, Kristen Thomson, Deanna Dezmari, Clare Coulter, Thomas Hauff, Alberta Watson. Fiona and Grant are an Ontario couple who have been married for over 40 years. During the twilight of their years, Grant is forced to face the fact that Fiona's 'forgetfulness' actually is Alzheimer's. After Fiona wanders away and is found, the decision is made for her to go into a nursing home. For the first time in their relationship, they are forced to undergo a separation since this is the nursing home 'no-vistitors,' first 30 days policy of a patient's stay. When Grant visits Fiona after the orientation period, he is devastated to find out that not only has she seemingly forgotten him, but she has transferred her affections to another man. As the distance between husband and wife grows, Grant must draw upon his love for Fiona to perform an act of self-sacrifice in order to ensure her happiness. Based on the short story "The bear came over the mountain" by Alice Munro. Special features: Feature commentary with actress Julie Christie ; deleted scenes ; deleted scenes commentary with director Sarah Polley. 110 min. DVD X3773
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Awards

British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards - Best Actress (Julie Christie)
Golden Globes - Best Actress, Dramatic (Julie Christie)
London Critics Circle Film Awards - British Actress of the Year (Julie Christie)
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards - New Generation Award (Sarah Polley)
National Board of Review, USA - Best Actress (Julie Christie)
National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA - Best Actress (Julie Christie)
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Actress (Julie Christie); Best First Film (Sarah Polley)
San Francisco Film Critics Circle - Best Actress (Julie Christie)

Cicero, Caroline; Detweiler, Craig. "Solidarity and Ambivalence in Away From Her." Journal of Aging, Humanities & the Arts, Mar2009, Vol. 3 Issue 1, p76-80, 5p UC users only
Johnson, Brian D. "The last taboo: geriatric romance." Maclean's; 1/22/2007, Vol. 120 Issue 2, p57-57, 1p UC users only
McGill, Robert. "No Nation but Adaptation: "The Bear Came over the Mountain," "Away from Her," and What It Means to Be Faithful." Canadian Literature; Summer2008, Issue 197, p98-111, 14p UC users only
Oatley, Keith. "Coming together." PsycCRITIQUES. Vol 52 (39), 2007, [np]

Léa Pool

Lost and Delirious (2001)
Directed by Léa Pool. Cast: Piper Perabo, Jessica Pare, Mischa Barton. Mouse Bradford has just arrived at Perkins Girls College, leaving behind her father, stepmother and the small town where she grew up. Her two senior roommates, the striking, sharp-witted Pauline and the charming and beautiful Tory, quickly adopt Mouse, who has lost her mother. When Pauline and Tory are found to be lovers, Mouse is caught in the role of accomplice and confessor and is left torn between her two friends. Based on the novel 'The Wives of Bath' by Susan Swan. 104 min. DVD X1128
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Sally Potter

The Man Who Cried(UK / France, 2000)
Directed by Sally Potter. Cast: Christina Ricci, Cate Blanchett, John Turturro, Johnny Depp, Harry Dean Stanton. "A Russian Jewish father emigrates to America in 1923, with a promise to send for his mother and young daughter when he is settled. When his village is burned in a pogrom, his mother is killed and his daughter is separated from other youngsters who make it to the port to emigrate. She ends up on a ship bound for England, where she is renamed Suzie and raised by a British family. Many years later, Suzie's talent for singing and dancing sees her accepted into a Paris dance troupe where she is befriended by Lola, a fellow dancer from Moscow. Cesar, a handsome brooding gypsy who works with the troupe later becomes her lover. Lola pursues Dante, an egotistical tenor who is performing in the area. All is well until the Nazis march into Paris, and Suzie's Russian Jewish background places her in danger. She must decide whether to leave Cesar and her friends and continue the search for her father in America" [IMDB] 100 min. DVD 2364; VHS 999:1327
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Orlando(UK / Russia / France / Italy / Netherlands, 1992)
Directed by Sally Potter. Cast: Tilda Swinton, Billy Zane, Lothaire Bluteau, John Wood, Charlotte Valandrey, Heathcote Williams, Quentin Crisp. Orlando, an English nobleman, defies the laws of nature with surprising results. Immortal and highly imaginative, he undergoes a series of extraordinary transformations that humorously, hauntingly illustrate the eternal war between the sexes. Based on the book by Virginia Woolf. 93 min. DVD 2364; VHS 999:1327
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Thriller.
A film by Sally Potter. This rewriting of Puccini's opera, La Boheme, has become a classic in feminist film theory. A model for the deconstruction of the Hollywood Film, Thriller turns the conventional role of women as romantic victims in fiction on its head. Mimi, the seamstress heroine of the opera who must die before the curtain goes down, decides to investigate the reasons for her death. In doing so, she explores the dichotomy which separates her from the opera's other female character, the "bad girl" Musetta. 1979. 34 min. Video/C 5363

Joanna Priestly

Fighting Gravity
Animated short films by Joanna Priestly. Contents: Utopia Parkway (1997, 5 min.) -- Surface dive (2000, 7.5 min.) -- Andaluz (2004, 6 min.) -- Dew line (2004, 5 min.) -- Rubber stamp film (1983, 7 min.) -- Dancing bulrushes (1984, 5 min.) -- Jade leaf (1985, 5 min.) -- Kali yuga (2000, 5 min.) -- Fighting gravity (Documentary) (2004, 13 min.) -- Interview with the sound guy (Lance Limbocker) (2004, 8 min.). Short films chiefly produced, directed, and animated by Joanna Priestly ; Andaluz also with Joana Aqua ; Dancing bulrushes also with Steve Subotnick. 66 min. DVD 4407

Relative Orbits
Animated short films by Joanna Priestly. Contents: Voices (4 min., 1985) -- She-bop (8 min., 1989) -- All my relations (5 min., 1990) -- Candyjam (7 min., 1988) -- Pro and con (9 min., 1992) -- After the fall (6 min., 1991) -- Hand held (7 min., 1994) -- Grown up (7 min., 1993) -- Relative orbits (Documentary) (14 min., 2004) -- Amazons and ingenues (Documentary) (12 min., 2002) -- Short films chiefly produced, directed, and animated by Joanna Priestly ; Candyjam and Pro and con co-directed with Jan Gratz. A collection of eight short animated films by Joanna Priestly plus two documentary films that include a tour of the artist's studio and behind the scenes looks at how some of the films were made. 80 min. DVD 4408

Gina Prince-Bythewood

The Secret Life of Bees (2008)
Director, Gina Prince-Bythewood. Cast: Queen Latifah, Dakota Fanning, Jennifer Hudson, Alicia Keys, Sophie Okonedo, Nate Parker, Paul Bettany. Set in South Carolina in 1964, this is the tale of Lily Owens a 14 year-old girl who is haunted by the memory of her late mother. To escape her lonely life and troubled relationship with her father, Lily flees with Rosaleen, her caregiver and only friend, to a South Carolina town that holds the secret to her mother's past. Taken in by the intelligent and independent Boatwright sisters, Lily finds solace in their mesmerizing world of beekeeping. Based on the novel by Sue Monk Kidd. Special features: 8 deleted scenes; "Adaptation: bringing The Secret Life of Bees to the big screen" featurette; "The women and men of The Secret Life of Bees" featurette; "Inside the pink house with Sue Monk Kidd" featurette; "Life on the set" featurette; "The world premiere" featurette; commentary with director/screenwriter Gina Prince-Bythewood, producer Lauren Shuler Donner & Joe Pichirallo, and actors Dakota Fanning and Queen Latifa; commentary with director/screenwriter Gina Prince-Bythewood and film editor Terilyn Shropshire. 110 min. DVD X1107
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Elaine Proctor

Friends(South Africa / UK / France, 1993)
Director, Elaine Proctor. Passion and politics mix in this drama set in South Africa about three young women, Sophie, a white political activist, Thoko, a black school teacher, and Annika, a Afrikaner archaeologist, all close friends. But their friendship is severly tested when Sophie plants a bomb that accidentally kills two innocent people. 105 min. 999:3027
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Lucía Puenzo

XXY(Argentina / France / Spain, 2007)
Directed by Lucía Puenzo. Cast: Ricardo Darín, Valeria Bertuccelli, Germán Palacios, Carolina Pelleritti, Mart?n Piroyansky, Inés Efron. The dramatic story of a 15-year-old hermaphrodite, born with what the doctors call 'ambiguous genitalia,' whose parents moved from Buenos Aires to an isolated cabin outside of Piriápolis, Uruguay, to protect their child from prejudice. Based on the story "Cinismo" by Sergio Bizzio. Special feature: This month's short film : The Pick-up artist / director, Steffen Weinert (13 min., in German with English subtitles). 91 min. DVD X1015
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Ligy J. Pullappally

The Journey (Sancharram) (India, 2004)
Directed by Ligy J. Pullappally. Cast: Suhasini V. Nair, Shrruiti Menon, Kpac Lalitha, Valsala Menon, Syam Seethal. Kiran is mortified by her growing lesbian desire for the effervescent Delilah. Despite her love for her best friend, she must marry the boy chosen by her family. When Delilah discovers the truth, the two women begin a secret romance. 107 min. DVD 9511
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Yvonne Rainer

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Film About A Woman Who-- (USA, 1974)
Rainer's landmark film is a meditation on ambivalence in which she focuses on the re-invention of the narrative in film from a feminist point-of view. A Film About a Woman Who...plays with cliche and the conventions of soap opera while telling the story of a woman whose sexual dissatisfaction masks an enormous anger. DVD 4232; vhs Video 999:1775
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Journeys from Berlin, 1971
In her first color film, Rainer explores the ramifications of terrorism, a subject which dominated Berlin in the early 1970s. Rainer employs an extended therapy session--in which an American woman speaks to a series of psychiatrists who each have their back to the camera--to evoke the daily experiences of powerand repression. 125 min. DVD 4236; vhs Video 999:1773
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Kristina Talking Pictures (1976)
Cast: James Barth, Frances Barth, Bert Barr, Janet Freelich. In this, her third feature film, Rainer continues her preoccupation with the contradictions between the public and private persona as it afflicts the woman artist. At the film's center is Kristina (played by Rainer and several other actresses), a lion tamer from Budapest who comes to New York to become a choreographer, and Raoul, her seaman lover. 90 min. DVD 4233
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Lives of Performers: A Melodrama. (1972)
A stark and revealing examination of romantic alliances, this dilemma of a man who can't choose between two women and makes them both suffer was originally part of a dance performance that Rainerchoreographed for the Judson Dance Theatre. 90 min. 198? Video 999:1779

Kristina Talking Pictures (1976)
In this, her third feature film, Rainer continues her preoccupation with the contradictions between the public and private persona as it afflicts the woman artist. At the film's center is Kristina (played by Rainer and several other actresses), a lion tamer from Budapest who comes to New York to become achoreographer, and Raoul, her seaman lover. 90 min. Video 999:1795

The Man Who Envied Women (USA, 1985)
Cast: William Raymond, Trisha Brown, Larry Loonin, Jackie Raymal. Around a familiar theme--the breakup of a marriage--Rainer constructs an honest, graceful and wickedly funny account of a self-satisfied womanizer,Jack Deller, the man "who almost knows too much about women." 125 min. DVD 4237; vhs Video/C 999:1783
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Murder and Murder (1996)
Cast: Joanna Merlin, Kathleen Chalfant, Catherine Kellner, Isa Thomas, Novella Nelson. Film begins with a 63-year-old woman, who, after being married, having a daughter and now a granddaughter,then living alone for 15 years (and seeming to like enters into a lesbian relationship with another woman. Other lesbian relationships are portrayed as well, some of which, as the title implies,deteriorate into murder. 113 min. DVD 4235; vhs Video/C 999:1978
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Privilege (1990)
Cast: Alice Spivak, Blaire Baron, Rico Elias, Gabriella Farrar, Novella Nelson. Interweaving the real and fictional, the personal and political, the filmmaker delves into concepts such as sexual identity and unequal economies of race, gender, and class while making a film on menopause. 100 min. DVD 4238; vhs Video 999:1772

A Woman Who --: Selected Works of Yvonne Rainer.
This collection features five early films, a historically important dance and a recent work by media artist and choreographer Yvonne Rainer, and a documentary portrait of Rainer by Charles Atlas. Disc 1. After many a summer dies the swan: Hybrid (31 min., 2002) ; Rainer variations (42 min., 2002) -- Disc 2. Trio A (11 min., 1978) ; Hand movie (5 min., 1966); Volleyball (Foot film) (10 min., 1967); Rhode Island red (10 min. ; 1968); Trio film (13 min., 1968); Line (10 min., 1969). Dist.: Video Data Bank. DVD 6041

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Yvonne Rainer
Relentless exploration of the nature of performance, the construction of meaning, and the relations of the sexes has guided Yvonne Rainer's long career, first in avant-garde choreography and dance and then in filmmaking. Here she is interviewed, accompanied by film scholar and author Deac Rossell, as they discuss excerpts from her film Kristina Talking Pictures. 91 min. Originally broadcast on the television program Screening room in March, 1977. Interviewer: Robert Gardner. 74 min. DVD 4494

Yvonne Rainer
Relentless exploration of the nature of performance, the construction of meaning, and the relations of the sexes has guided Yvonne Rainer's long career, first in avant-garde choreography and dance and then in filmmaking. Here she is interviewed, accompanied by film scholar and author Deac Rossell, as they discuss excerpts from her film Kristina Talking Pictures. 91 min. Originally broadcast on the television program Screening room in March, 1977. Interviewer: Robert Gardner. 74 min. DVD 4494

Lynne Ramsey

Ratcatcher (UK / France, 1999)
Directed by Lynne Ramsay. Cast: William Eadie, Tommy Flanagan, Mandy Matthews. A haunting evocation of a troubled Glasgow childhood. Set during Scotland's national garbage strike of the mid-1970's, Ratcatcher explores the experiences of a poor adolescent boy as he struggles to reconcile his dreams and his guilt with the abjection that surrounds him. Special features: Video interview with Lynne Ramsay; three award-winning short films by Lynne Ramsay: Small deaths (1995), Kill the day (1996), and Gasman (1997); stills gallery; and original theatrical trailer. 94 min. DVD 8167
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Kelly Reichardt

Meek's Cutoff (2010)
Directed by Kelly Reichardt. Cast: Bruce Greenwood, Michelle Williams, Paul Dano, Shirley Henderson, Will Patton, Zoe Kazan. A wagon train of three families has hired mountain man Stephen Meek to guide them over the Cascade Mountains. Claiming to know a shortcut, Meek leads the group on an unmarked path across the high plains desert, only to become lost in the dry rock and sage. Over the coming days, the emigrants face the scourges of hunger, thirst, and their own lack of faith in each other's instincts for survival. When they encounter a Native American, they must choose between following their guide or an 'enemy.' 104 min. DVD X6567
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Smith, Paul Julian. "At the edge of history." Film Quarterly; Winter 2010, Vol. 64 Issue 2, p12-13, 2p UC users only

Wendy and Lucy (2008)
Directed by Kelly Reichardt. Cast: Michelle Williams, John Robinson, Will Oldham. Wendy is down on her luck, but hoping to turn things around with a summer job in Alaska. Instead, she finds herself stranded with no money in a small Oregon town. Special features: A collection of experimental films from the Film Faculty at Bard College, selected by Kelly Reichardt: Boston fire ; New York portrait / Peter Hutton -- Scary movie / Peggy Ahwesh -- Flight / Les LeVeque -- How to fix the world? / Jacqueline Goss. 80 min. DVD X1628
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Lotte Reiniger

Adventures of Prince Achmed (Abenteuer des Prinzen Achmed.) (Germany, 1927,)
Directed by Karl Koch. The earliest extant feature-length animated film. Lotte Reiniger's delicately cut silhouettes against hand-tinted backgrounds are perfect for this adaptation of tales from the Arabian nights. 64 min. DVD 5007; vhs 999:2110
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Animation (GPO Animation) (1935-1939)
Animated films produced between 1935 and 1939 to promote the services of the British Post Office by early pioneering animators Len Lye, Lotte Reiniger and Norman McLaren. Contents: Colour box, director, Len Lye (1935, col., 4 min.) -- Rainbow dance, producer, Basil Wright; director, Len Lye -- (1936, col., 4 min.) -- Trade tattoo, producer, John Grierson; director, Len Lye (1937, col., 6 min.) -- The tocher, a film ballet by Lotte Reiniger ; Rossini themes arranged by Benjamin Britten (1938, b&w, 5 min.) -- the HPO-heavenly post office, a silhouette film by Lotte Reiniger; music, Brian Easdale (1938, col., 4 min.) -- Love on the wing, director, Norman McLaren (1939, col. 4 min.) PAL format videotape. 29 min. 999:3780

Aschenbrodel: Die schonsten Marchenfilme (In German, 1954)
Six films by the early German experimental animation pioneer Lotte Reiniger, presenting animations of well-known fables and fairy tales. Lotte Reiniger developed the art of using silhouettes in film during the 1920s. These current films were developed in Great Britain where she had immigrated prior to World War II. Contents: Aschenbrodel (Cinderella) / Brothers Grimm -- Daumelinchen (Thumbelina) / H. C. Andersen -- Hansel und Gretel (Hansel and Gretel) / Brothers Grimm -- Der Heuschreck und die Ameise (Grasshopper and the ant) nach "Grille und die Ameise" / Jean de Lafontaine -- Die drei Wunsche (Three wishes) / Brothers Grimm -- Das tapfere Schneiderlein (Brave little tailor) / Brothers Grimm. PAL format; in German. 60 min. Video/C 8416

Papageno (Die schonsten Musikfilme von Lotte Reiniger)
Presents three animated films by the early German experimental animation pioneer Lotte Reiniger, plus one short documentary film showing her at work cutting and wiring her intricately detailed paper figures for her shadow theater and film productions. Carmen / Drehbuch, Silhouetten und Animation, Lotte Reiniger ; Musik, George Bizet (1933, silent with music, b&w, 9 min) -- Papageno / Drehbuch, Silhouetten und Animation, Lotte Reiniger ; Musik, W. A. Mozart (Die Zauberflote) (1935, silent with music, b&w, 11 min.) -- Ein Scherenschnittfilm entsteht / Regie, Louis Hagen (1970/71, in German, col., 16 min.) -- 10 Minuten Mozart (Zehn Minuten Mozart) / Drehbuch, Silhouetten und Animation, Lotte Reiniger ; Musik, W. A. Mozart (Cosi fan tutte, Eine kleine Nachtmusik) (1930, silent with music, b&w, 10 min.) Video/C 8370

Meg Richman

In the Shadows (Under Heaven)(1998)
Directed by Meg Richman, 1998. Cast: Joely Richardson, Aden Young, Molly Parker, Kevin Phillip. Cynthia takes a job as caretaker of the beautiful, wealthy but terminally ill Eleanor Dunston. Cynthia and her boyfriend Buck scheme to romance Eleanor into marrying Buck and bequeathing her fortune. But the strange triangle develops into something no one expected when each falls deeply in love. Based loosely on Henry James' "Wings of a Dove." 112 min. DVD 712
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Leni Riefenstahl

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Das Blaue Licht (The Blue Light) (Germany, 1932)
Directed by Leni Riefenstahl. A love story/fantasy set in the Italian Tyrol, about a painter who defies a local legend by climbing a mountain. 70 min. DVD 3851; vhs 999:336
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Rentschler, Eric. "Mountains and Modernity: Relocating the Bergfilm." New German Critique, No. 51, Special Issue on Weimar Mass Culture. (Autumn, 1990), pp. 137-161. UC users only

Tiefland (Austria / West Germany, 1954)
Directed Leni Riefenstahl. Cast: Leni Riefenstahl, Franz Eichberger, Bernhard Minetti, Maria Koppenhofer, Luis Rainer. Set in 18th century Catalonia, Marquez Don Sebastian in debt due to bad harvests, marries the mayor's daughter in order to increase his wealth and sends his mistress, Martha, to live with Pedro, the shepherd. Pedro and the beautiful gypsy Martha fall in love and the film ends with Don Sebastian and Pedro fighting a final duel. Based on the opera Tiefland, by Eugen d'Albert. Originally produced as motion picture in the 1940's; released in 1954. 97 min. 999:2897
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Leni Riefenstahl.
Leni Riefenstahl explains her life and work, from her start as a German actress in the 1920's, through her career as a film director producing such films as Triumph of the will and Olympia. Includes film clips from her work. 56 min. Video/C 4613

The Wonderful Horrible Life of Leni Riefenstahl.
Interviews with Leni Riefenstahl, now in her nineties, flash-backs and modern film sequences tell the story of the most famous woman film director of all time. Known for her films made during the Third Reich, Riefenstahl's story is a controversial one. Best known for her "Triumph of the Will," the film made of the 1934 Nazi Party Congress, it proved to be her undoing. 1993. 181 min. DVD 176; Video/C 3411 Pt. 1-2

Clark, Katerina. "The Wonderful, Horrible Life of Leni Riefenstahl." (movie reviews) American Historical Review v100, n4 (Oct, 1995):1227 (2 pages).
Frascella, Lawrence. "The Wonderful, Horrible Life of Leni Riefenstahl." (movie reviews) Advocate, n652 (April 5, 1994):75 (2 pages).
Goldberg, Robert. "The Wonderful, Horrible Life of Leni Riefenstahl." (television program reviews) Wall Street Journal (Mon, July 3, 1995):A6(W), A16(E), col 1, 23 col in.
Goodman, Walter. "The Wonderful, Horrible Life of Leni Riefenstahl." (television program reviews) New York Times v144 (Wed, July 5, 1995):B3(N), C20(L), col 1, 15 col in.
Grenier, Richard. "The Wonderful, Horrible Life of Leni Riefenstahl." (movie reviews) Commentary v98, n2 (August, 1994):48 (4 pages).
Kauffmann, Stanley. "The Wonderful, Horrible Life of Leni Riefenstahl." (movie reviews) New Republic v210, n11 (March 14, 1994):30 (2 pages).
Maslin, Janet. "Just What Did Leni Riefenstahl's Lens See?" (filmmaker distances her artistry from politics in Ray Muller's documentary, 'The Wonderful, Horrible Life of Leni Rienfenstahl') New York Times v143, sec2 (Sun, March 13, 1994):H15(N), H15(L), col 1, 33 col in.

Patricia Riggen

Under the Same Moon (La misma luna)(Mexico | USA, 2007)
Directed by Patricia Riggen. Cast: Adrian Alonso, Kate del Castillo, Eugenio Derbez, Carmen Salinas, Maria Rojo, Mario Almada, America Ferrera. Tells the parallel stories of nine-year-old Carlitos and his mother, Rosario. In the hopes of providing a better life for her son, Rosario works illegally in the U.S. while Rosario's mother cares for Carlitos in Mexico. Mother and son face daunting challenges and obstacles to reunite, but are sustained by their constant hope of finally being together again. 110 min. DVD X2629
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Maria Ripoll

Tortilla Soup (2001)
Director, Maria Ripoll. Cast: Hector Elizondo, Jacqueline Obradors, Tamara Mello,Paul Rodriguez, Constance Marie, Joel Joan, Nikolai Kinski, Julio Oscar Mechoso, Elizabeth Pena, Raquel Welch. A heartwarming comedy that's all about food, family and a certain kind of magic that only happens at the dinner table. Martin is the culinary genius behind a successful restaurant and the widowed father of three daughters whom he has a compulsion to try and steer inthe right direction. Hungry for their independance, the girls find themselves at odds with their traditionalist father. 104 min. DVD 1525
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Caroline Roboh

Shem(Israel/UK, 2004)
Directed by Caroline Roboh. Cast: Ash Newman, Geraldine de Bastion, Hadassah Hungar Diamant, Istvan Szabo, Ferrante Ferranti, Cyrielle Claire, Arturo Brachetti. Daniel, a young and arrogant Londoner, is bored to death with his life. His jewish grandmother asks him to go through Europe in order to find his grandfather's grave. Not only will Daniel find his long lost grandfather's trace, but he will also come to understand his deep-rooted jewish culture. 93 min. DVD 6586
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Patricia Rozema

Happy Days (Beckett on Film)
Director, Patricia Rozema 79 min. DVD 1226

I've Heard the Mermaids Singing (Canada, 1987)
Directed by Patricia Rozema. Cast: Sheila McCarthy, Paule Baillargeon, Ann-Marie MacDonald. Comedy about an organizationally impaired temporary assistant who gets her first pemanent job at the age of 31 working for a curator of an art gallery. 81 min. DVD 4734; vhs 999:3269
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Mansfield Park (UK, 1999)
Directed by Patricia Rozema. Cast: Frances O'Connor, Embeth Davidtz, Jonny Lee Miller, Alessandro Nivola, Harold Pinter. When Fanny Price is sent away to live with her rich cousins, she's meant to learn the ways of proper society but manages to enlighten them as well with a wit and sparkle all her own. Based on Jane Austen's novel Mansfield Park, her letters and early journals. 112 min. DVD 6688
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Brigitte Roüan

Outremer (Overseas) (France, 1990)
Directed by Brigitte Roüan. Cast: Nicole Garcia, Marianne Basler, Brigitte Rouan, Philippe Galland, Pierre Doris. For three beautiful sisters, the lush and privileged life of French colonial Algeria creates an oasis in the center of a harsh desert when revolution and dramatic social change erupts around them. 96 min. Video/C 999:3809
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Davidson, Naomi. "Naming la Guerre sans nom: Memory, Nation and Identity in French Representations of the Algerian War, 1963-1992." Paroles gelées, 16(2) 1998; pp" 79-81+
Durham, Carolyn A. "Strategies of subversion in colonial nostalgia film: militarism and marriage in Brigitte Roüan's Outremer." Studies in French Cinema, 2001, Vol. 1 Issue 2, p89, 9p UC users only
Greene, Naomi "Empire as Myth and Memory." In: The historical film : history and memory in media / edited and with an introduction by Marcia Landy. New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, c2001. (Main (Gardner) Stacks; PFA PN1995.9.H5 H59 2001)
Greene, Naomi "Empire as Myth and Memory." In: Cinema, colonialism, postcolonialism : perspectives from the French and francophone world / edited by Dina Sherzer. Austin : University of Texas Press, 1996. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.F7 C4788 1996)
Licops, Dominique. "Re-scripting history and fairy tales in Brigitte Rouan's Outremer." Women's Studies Quarterly; V. 30, NO. 1/2, SPRING/SUMMER, 2002; pp. 103-119, 17p UC users only
Murphy, K. "Foreign parts." Film Comment, May/Jun91, Vol. 27 Issue 3, p9, 5p UC users only
Murray, Alison. "Women, Nostalgia, Memory: Chocolat, Outremer, and Indochine." Research in African Literatures, vol. 33, no. 2, pp. 235-244, 2002 Summer UC users only
Philibert, Celine. "Memory Process and Feminine Desire in Claire Denis's Chocolat and Brigitte Rouan's Outremer." Journal of Third World Studies, Fall96, Vol. 13 Issue 2, p173-187, 15p
Slawy-Sutton, Catherine. "Outremer and The Silences of the Palace: Feminist Allegories of Two Countries in Transition." Pacific Coast Philology, vol. 37, pp. 85-104, 2002 UC users only
Weiss, John H. "Outremer." American Historical Review, 1993, Vol. 98 Issue 4, p1173-1174, 2p UC users only

Jocelyne Saab

Once Upon a Time, Beirut (Il etait une fois Beyrouth: histoire d'une star) (Lebanon / France / Germany, 1994)
Director, Jocelyne Saab. Distraught over their city's destruction, Yasmine and Leila embark on a journey in search of Beirut's past. Their possession of two rare films lands them an encounter with Monsieur Farouk, a reclusive film connoisseur who helps them travel back to the Beirut of the French-directed films of the 1930s, to the Arab filmmakers of the 1960s to the large-scale American studio efforts of the 1970s. 101 min. 999:3017
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Randa Chahal Sabag

The Kite (Le cerf-volant) (Lebanon | France, 2003)
Directed by Randa Chahal Sabag. Cast: Flavia Béchara, Ziad Rahbani, Randa Asmar, Julia Kassar, Liliane Nemry, Renée Dick, Nayef Najy, Maher Bsaibes, Tamim el Chahal, Alia Nemry. Sixteen-year-old Lamia, who lives in a southern Lebanese village on the border with Israel, flies her kite over the barbed-wire zone that divides her village in two. She is promised in marriage to a cousin on the other side whom she has never seen, as the villagers only communicate via megaphones and under strict military control. Lamia dares to cross the border in spite of the risks and is observed by a young Israeli soldier, who falls in love with her. 76 min. DVD X4607
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Awards
Venice Film Festival - Grand Special Jury Prize (Randa Chahal Sabag); Laterna Magica Prize

Leotine Sagan

Mädchen in Uniform (Germany, 1931)
Director, Leotine Sagan. A girl at a strict boarding school for the daughters of Prussian army officers falls in love with one of the teachers. She is isolated from the rest of the students by the headmistress and is driven from her unhappiness to attempt suicide. 89 min. DVD X6480 (with English subtitles); DVD X6144 (without English subtitles); vhs 999:350 (English subtitles
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Djamila Sahraoui

Barakat! (France | Algeria, 2006)
Directed by Djamila Sahraoui. Cast: Rachida Brakni, Fattouma Ousliha Bouamari, Zahir Bouzerar, Malika Belbey. The story of two women. Emel is a Westerner whose husband, a journalist, is missing - perhaps kidnapped or even killed. Khadija is an older woman who has lived through the country's decades-long struggle. Together they search for Emel's husband. 94 min. DVD X3330
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Rachel Samuels

Dark Streets (2008)
Directed by Rachel Samuels. Cast: Gabriel Mann, Bijou Phillips, Izabella Miko, Elias Koteas, Michael Fairman. Tells the story of Chaz Davenport, a dashing playboy who owns what promises to become the hottest new nightclub in town. Surrounded by the sumptuous blues music he adores, and with his pick of the gorgeous women who perform their sensual dance numbers on stage every night, Chaz is the envy of every man. But when he begins to investigate the suspicious death of his father his own life starts to spin out of control. "Features 12 original songs written by James Compton, Tim Brown and Tony DeMeur, performed by stars Bijou Phillips and Izabella Miko as well as legendary artists including Dr. John, Etta James, Natalie Cole, Aaron Neville, Solomon Burke, Chaka Khan and Richie Sambora." Based on a play by Glenn M. Stewart. 83 min. DVD X1731
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Helke Sander

Helke Sander (Edition der Filmemacher)
DVD X6587

DVD #1. BeFreier und Befreite 1 (1991/92) (90 min.) ; BeFreier und Befreite 2 = Liberators take liberties, pt. 1-2 (1991/92) (102 min.) BeFreier und Befreite: Documents the 1945 mass rape of German women and girls by the advancing Soviet army.

Liberators take liberties

DVD #2. Der subjektive Faktor = The subjective factor (1981) (138 min.) ; Brecht die Macht der Manipulateure = Break the power of the manipulators (1967/68) (49 min.) Der subjektive Faktor: This story handles the movement to end discrimination against women - and its context, through a semi-autobiographical account of the years between 1967 and 1970 that the director Helke Sander spent in West Berlin. Brecht die Macht der Manipulateure: The film was produced for Finnish television in 67/68. It not only documents but also reflects on the campaign of the German new left against the German publishing house Springer which still publishes the most powerful German right-wing tabloid Bild (think of the Murdoch Press) and which in the heated sixties and seventies tried to instigate public opinion against the student movement.

DVD #3. Der Beginn aller Schrecken ist Liebe = Trouble with love = Love is the beginning of all terror (1983) (112 min.) ; Die allseitig reduzierte Persönlichkeit, redupers = Allround reduced personality, redupers (1977) (95 min.) Der Beginn aller Schrecken ist Liebe: The unfortunate Traugott suddenly finds himself caught between his former lover Freya (director, Helke Sander) and his new love Irmtraut, both women are good friends-- or were. Die allseitig reduzierte Persönlichkeit, redupers: A free-lance photojournalist struggles to realize herself as an artist and as a woman straddling multiple worlds- work, womanhood, motherhood, East, West, capitalism and socialism.

Redupers

DVD #4. Mitten im Malestream = In the midst of the malestream (2005) (92 min.) ; Hannelore Mabry, ein porträt = Hannelore Mabry, a portrait (2005) (32 min.) ; Muttertier, Muttermensch = Mother beast, mother human (1998) (63 min.) Mitten im Malestream: Sander uses a wide range of old documentary material, often recorded by filmmakers, journalists or media avant-gardists on early electronic equipment to present a documentary touching on the core question of the women's movement in Germany: the politics of motherhood, men's perception of themselves as fathers, the legalization of abortion, women's silent "child-bearing strike', and the political struggle between the women's movement and the Christian churches. A discussion on these issues held in Berlin, Fall 2004, was used as a framework for the film. Hannelore Mabry, ein porträt: Film clips of interviews, both old and new, of women's rights activist, sociologist, actress and critic of the church, Hannelore Mabry. Muttertier, Muttermensch: Does being a woman automatically make one a mother? What does it mean to be born female? This television documentary addresses the views of today's women concerning the maternal role.

DVD #5. Dorf = Village (2001) (90 min.) ; Aus Berichten der Wach- und Patrouillendienste Nr. 1 = From the reports of security guards & patrol services Nr. 1 (1984) (11 min.) ; Aus Berichten der Wach- und Patrouillendienste Nr. 5 = From the reports of security guards & patrol services Nr. 5 (1986) (10 min.) ; Aus Berichten der Wach- und Patrouillendienste Nr. 8 = From the reports of security guards & patrol services Nr. 8 (1986) (6 min.) ; Subjektitüde = Subjectitude (1966) (4 min., 20 sec.) ; Silvo = Silvo (1967) (11 min.) ; Völlerei?-Füttern! = Gluttony?-Feeling! (1986) (13 min.) ; Eine Prämie für Irene = Bonus for Irene (1971) (50 min.). Dorf: This documentary examines the German village of Kortenbeck, exploring the impact of history and the social atmosphere, as well as the changes taking place due to globalization. Nr. 1. Aus Berichten der Wach- und Patrouillendienste: Based on a true event, a young mother with her two small children climb onto an arm of a building crane. The mother threatens to jump unless affordable housing is found for her by the evening. Nr. 5. Aus Berichten der Wach- und Patrouillendienste: A man prevents a rape of a woman, then rapes the victim himself. A third party comes to the aid of the woman. Another woman observes these events from a distance and calls the police who end up arresting the wrong man. Based on a true event. Nr. 8. Aus Berichten der Wach- und Patrouillendienste: A customer in a china shop repeatedly demands a simple piece of information from the store clerk. Based on a true event. Subjektitüde: This short is shot from the differing persectives of three people waiting for the bus. Sander's first film. Silvo: Documentary showing the daily routine of Sander's seven year old son, Silvo. Völlerei? Füttern!: Part of the episodic film, Seven women, seven sins, this is a different take on the Adam and Eve story. Eve does eat the apple and her curiosity makes her human. Her generous gesture of offering people things turns into a compulsion to feed others. Prämie für Irene: The domestic and working life of Irene, a single mother with two children, is depicted in a somewhat comic strip style.

Helma Sanders-Brahms

Deutschland bleiche Mutter (Germany, Pale Mother) (West Germany, 1979)
Director, Helma Sanders-Brahms. Cast: Eva Mattes, Ernst Jacobi, Elisabeth Stepanek, Angelika Thomas, Rainer Friedrichsen, Anna Sanders. Love story set during and after the Nazi era. Explores the private lives of a young bride and her Nazi soldier husband, and her parents, by-standers who tolerated Hitler. While not excusing the actions of its protagonists, it uses them to show how easily the unthinkable can happen. 123 min. DVD 9865; vhs 999:2177
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Unter dem Pflaster ist der Strand (Under the Pavement Lies the Strand (West Germany, 1975)
Directed by Helma Sanders-Brahms. Cast: Grischa Huber, Heinrich Giskes, Ursula von Berg, Gunter Lampe. Renowned German director Helma Sanders-Brahms made her feature-film debut with this potent drama about a politically motivated couple who struggle in the calm that followed the student rebellions and demonstrations of the late 1960s. The heady days of 1968 brought sweeping socio-political changes in Germany, but the subsequent years have been a letdown for Grischa and Heinrich, who are starring in a successful play on the Berlin stage. 99 min. DVD X423
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Bernadine Santistevan

The Cry (2007)
Director: Bernadine Santistevan. Cast: Christian Camargo, Adriana Dominguez, Carlos Leon, Miriam Colon. This chiller tells the tale of an ancient evil spirit called La Llorona, who takes possession of a New York woman. Two detectives are assigned to investigate the disappearance of several children. When they visit the Mexican witch Gloria, the woman advises that a powerful evil force is chasing the reincarnation of her son and drowning other children to bring pain to their mothers. 74 min. DVD DVD X7353
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Shamim Sarif

The World Unseen (South Africa | UK, 2007)
Directed by Shamim Sarif. Cast: Lisa Ray, Sheetal Sheth, Parvin Dabas, Nandana Sen, Grethe Fox, David Dennis, Colin Moss. In the pressure cooker of apartheid South Africa, free-spirited Amina meets Miriam, a traditional wife and mother. Their unexpected attraction pushes Miriam to question the rules that bind her, forcing both women to face outrage and violent disapproval. Based on the novel by Shamim Sarif. 94 min. DVD X3476
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Babara Sass

Immoral Story (Historia niemoralna) (Poland, 1987)
Directed by Barbara Sass. Cast: Dorota Stalinska, Teresa Budzisz-Krzyzanowska, Michal Bajor, Marek Lewandowski, Olaf Lubaszenko. Once a major star of the stage, aging actress Ewa now wiles away her time drinking in her dreary apartment. She dreams of making a comeback but her drinking, self-centered behavior, and abrasive personality prevent her from getting a job. 108 min. DVD 7261
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Nancy Savoca

True Love (1989)
Director, Nancy Savoca. Cast: Annabella Sciorra, Ron Eldard, Aida Turturro, Roger Rignack, Star Jasper. This comedy traces the shifting moods and contrary behavior of two Italian-American sweethearts in the last days before their wedding whose disagreements could very well land them in divorce court. 101 min. DVD 5498
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Awards
Sundance Festival - Grand Jury Prize, Dramatic Work

Lone Scherfig

An Education (UK, 2009)
Directed by Lone Scherfig. Cast: Peter Sarsgaard, Alfred Molina, Rosamund Pike, Dominic Cooper, Olivia Williams, Cara Seymour, Sally Hawkins, Ellie Kendrick, Amanda Fairbank-Hynes, Matthew Beard, Emma Thompson, Carey Mulligan. In the early 1960's, 16-year-old Jenny Mellor lives with her parents in a London suburb. She is smart, pretty, and working toward her goal of being accepted into Oxford. Her life will take a big turn when she meets David, a man twice her age. Now she must decide if she will pursue an education at Oxford, or if she will choose to learn all that a charismatic older man can teach her. Based on a memoir by Lynn Barber. 100 min. DVD X3175
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Awards

British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards - Best Leading Actress (Carey Mulligan)
London Critics Circle Film Awards - British Actress of the Year (Carey Mulligan)
National Board of Review, USA - Best Actress (Carey Mulligan)
Sundance Film Festival - Audience Award - World Cinema - Dramatic

Italian for Beginners (Italiensk for begyndere)(Denmark | Sweden, 2001)
Directed by Lone Scherfig. Cast: Anders W. Berthelsen, Ann Eleonora Jorgensen, Anette Stovelbaek, Peter Gantzler, Lars Kaalund, Karen Lise Mynster, Sara Indrio Jensen, Rikki Wolck, Elsebeth Steentoft, Carlo Barsotti. Several world-weary Danish students of an Italian language class find romance in their studies of the language of love. 112 min. DVD 2459
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Evelyn Schmidt

Das Fahrrad (The Bicycle) (East Germany, 1982)
Directed by Evelyn Schmidt. In an attempt to receive insurance money Susanne, an unskilled East German worker who lives alone with her child, claims that her bicycle has been stolen. Her scheme however is discovered and she is summoned to court. When her boyfriend Thomas finds out he attempts to settle matters without involving officials. Some critics saw this film as a plea for personal space and an individual's right to personal happiness, which did not conform to the concepts of GDR cultural politics. As a result, the film was boycotted after its premiere with cultural authorities refusing all invitations for its presentation at international film festivals. 89 min. 999:2766
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Susan Seidelman

Desperately Seeking Susan (1985)
Directed by Susan Seidelman. Cast: Rosanna Arquette, Aidan Quinn, Madonna, Robert Joy, Mark Blum, Laurie Metcalf, Will Patton. A bored New Jersey housewife who fantasizes about the ads in the personal section of the newspaper want ads shows up at a rendezvous between two lovers. She gets bumped on the head, which leads to a case of amnesia and opens the door to intrigue and love. 103 min. DVD 7562
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Beach, Christopher. "Yuppies and Other Strangers: Class Satire and Culture Class in Contemporary Film Comedy." In: Class, language and American film comedy / Christopher Beach. Cambridge, U.K. ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2002. (Full text available online [UCB users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.C55 B43 2002]
Benson, Peter. "Screening Desire." Screen, 1990, Vol. 31 Issue 4, p377-389, 13p;
Fischer, Lucy. "The desire to desire: Desperately seeking Susan." In: Close viewings : an anthology of new film criticism / edited by Peter Lehman. Tallahassee : Florida State University Press ; Gainesville, FL : Orders to University Presses of Florida, c1990. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995 .C543 1990)
Fuchs, C. J. "Desperately seeking a subject: postmodern sexuality, Seidelman, and Madonna." In: Sexuality, the female gaze, and the arts : women, the arts, and society / edited by Ronald Dotterer and Susan Bowers. Selinsgrove [N.J.] : Susquehanna University Press ; London : Associated University Presses, c1992. (Main (Gardner) Stacks NX180.F4 S49 1992)
Hollinger, Karen. "The Female Friendship Film and Women's Development: Desperately Seeking Susan, Housekeeping, Mystic Pizza." In: In the company of women : contemporary female friendship films / Karen Hollinger. Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, 1998. (Full text available online (UC Berkeley users only); Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.W6 H66 1998)
Kael, Pauline. "Passion." In: State of the art / Pauline Kael. New York : Dutton, c1985. (Main (Gardner) Stacks; Moffitt; PFA PN1995 .K2527 1985)
Pye, Douglas. "Tone and Style: The Openings of 'Desperately Seeking Susan' and 'Strangers on a Train'." In:
Scanlon, Jennifer. ""If My Husband Calls I'm Not Here": The Beauty Parlor as Real and Representational Female Space." Feminist Studies. Summer 2007. Vol. 33, Iss. 2; pg. 308, 28 pgs UC users only
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Shumway, David R. "Screwball comedies: constructing romance, mystifying marriage." Cinema Journal, 1991, Vol. 30 Issue 4, p7-23, 17p
Stacey, Jackie. "Desperately Seeking Difference." Screen (1987) 28(1) UC users only
Stratton, Jon. "Not really white - again: performing Jewish difference in Hollywood films since the 1980s." Screen; 2001, Vol. 42 Issue 2, p142-166, 25pUC users only
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Watts, Mark. "Electrifying fragments: Madonna and postmodern performance." New Theatre Quarterly, (1996), 12:99-107
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Smithereens (1982)
Directed by Susan Seidelman. Cast: Susan Berman, Brad Rinn, Richard Hell, Meda Despotovich, Roger Jett, Kitty Summerall, Robynne White. A rock movie that captures the desperation of life in the streets. Wren goes to New York looking for rock 'n roll glory. There she frequents seedy rock clubs and throws herself at any stranger with a guitar hoping to break into rock stardom. 93 min. DVD 8184
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TV Programs
Sex and the City: The Baby Shower (DVD 996); The Power of Female Sex (DVD 996); Sex and the City (DVD 996)

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Barbara Kopple & Susan Seidelman.
A segment from a TV series offering a behind-the-scenes look into the creative process of independent filmmaking. In the first part of the program Erika Muhammad interviews director Barbara Kopple about the motivations behind many of the films of her career, which include the Academy-Award winning documentaries Harlan County, USA and American Dream. Kopple also talks about her latest project; a study of the Woodstock festivals called My Generation. Next up is director and producer Susan Seidelman, one of the first filmmakers to be lauded by Hollywood as a "bankable" female director. After making Desperately Seeking Susan and some subsequently critically panned films, she moved on to television's Sex and the City on HBO. Here she also discusses her new film, Gaudi afternoon. Video/C MM98

Aparna Sen

36 Chowringhee Lane (India, 1981)
Directed by Aparna Sen. Tells the story of Violet, a middle-aged English schoolteacher living alone in India. The lonely instructor teaches English in a prestigious Calcutta school where she befriends a former student and her boyfriend who share happy times with her. But when her brother, who lives in a nursing home, dies and the student and her friend are married, Violet has no one left and must leave India to live with faraway relatives. 107 min. 999:2467
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Parama (India, 1985)
Directed by Aparna Sen. An Indian housewife experiences a new awareness about herself and the world when she has an affair with an American photographer and faces rejection from her family. In Hindi without subtitles. 139 min. 999:2936
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Lorraine Senna

Americanizing Shelley (2007)
Directed by Lorraine Senna. Cast: Namrata Singh Gujral, Brad Raider, Ronreaco Lee, Shaheen Khan, Phillip Rhys, Wil Wheaton, Beau Bridges. Responding to a challenge thrown by the CEO of a Hollywood management company, a wanna-be Hollywood player from the deep South sets out to Americanize an Indian girl straight from the Himalayas. As he teaches her all about the American way of life and what it takes to be a Hollywood celebrity, he ends up learning a thing or two about his own life. 90 min. DVD 9330
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Joann Sfar

Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life (France, 2010)
Directed by Joann Sfar. Cast: Anna Mouglalis, Eric Elmosnino, Laetitia Casta, Lucy Gordon. Best selling comic book artist Joann Sfar delivers an inventive biography of famed French singer Serge Gainsbourg. Born Lucien Ginsburg to Russian-Jewish parents, Sfar follows him from his childhood in Nazi-occupied Paris, his transition from painter to jazz musician to pop superstar and his many relationships including Juliette Greco, Brigitte Bardot, and Jane Birkin while employing a witty surrealistic style and a soundtrack that acts like a time capsule to '60s Paris. Bonus features: Joann Sfar (drawings): a documentary by Mathieu Amalric ; original storyboards and character sketches by Joann Star ; making of Gainsbourg ; theatrical trailer. 122 min. DVD X7266
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Maryam Shahriar

Daughters of the Sun (Dokhtaran khorshid) (Iran, 2000)
Director Maryam Shahriar. Amanagol, the daughter of a poor rural family in Iran, becomes Aman when her father shaves her head, disguises her as a boy, and dispatches her to another village to work weaving carpets. Her secret is jeopardized when a co-worker falls in love with her. 92 min. DVD 3330
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Adrienne Shelly

Waitress (2007)
Directed by Adrienne Shelly. Cast:Keri Russell, Nathan Fillion, Cheryl Hines, Jeremy Sisto, Andy Griffith, Adrienne Shelly, Eddie Jemison, Lew Temple. Jenna is unhappily married, squirreling away money, and hoping to win a pie-baking contest so, with the prize money, she'll have enough cash to leave her husband Earl. She finds herself pregnant, which throws her plans awry. She bakes phenomenal pies at Joe's diner, tolerates her sour boss Cal, is friends with her fellow waitresses, Dawn and Becky. She, also, finds a mutual attraction with the new doctor in town. Life with Earl becomes less tolerable as her pregnancy advances. Her way out of the marriage is less clear and her affair with the doctor is complicated by his marriage. Special features: Commentary by producer Michael Roiff and actor Keri Russell; "This is how we made Waitress pie" featurette; "Written and directed by Adrienne Shelly: a memorial" featurette; "Hi! I'm Keri, I'll be your waitress; "The pies have it!" featurette; Fox Movie Channel presents "In character with: Keri Russell" and "In character with: Cheryl Hines" featurettes; a message from Keri Russel about the Adrienne Shelly Foundation; trailers. 108 min. DVD X2469
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Larisa Shepitko

Krylya (Soviet Union, 1966)
Director, Larisa Shepitko. Cast: Leonid Diachkov, Vladimir Gorelov, IUri Medvedev, Nikolai Grabbe, Zhanna Aleksandrova, Sergei Nikonenko, Rumma Nikitina-Markova, Arkadi Trusov, Olga Gobzeva, Evgeni Evstigneev. A fascinating and human portrayal of a once-famous fighter pilot and loyal Stalinist named Nadezhda Petrovna. Now a 41-year-old provincial schoolmistress, she has so internalized the military ideas of service and obedience that she cannot adjust to life in peacetime. 85 min. DVD X415 Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Voskhozhdenie (Ascent)(Soviet Union, 1977)
Director, Larisa Shepitko. Cast: Lyudmila Poliakova, Viktoria Goldentul, Anatoli Solonytsyn, Nikolai Sektimenko, Mariia Vinogradova. An uncompromising portrayal of war and betrayal, The Ascent (Voskhozhdeniye) follows two Russian soldiers who are captured in German occupied Byelorussia during World War II. Using expressive religious symbolism, director Larisa Shepitko boldly reverses stereotypical Soviet attitudes towards heroism, religion, and philosophy in her examination of souls preparing to die. Based on the novel "Sotnikov" by Vasili Bykov. 109 min. DVD X415; vhs 999:3802 Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Nell Shipman

Nell Shipman bibliography

Something New(1920)
Directed by Nell Shipman and Bert Van Tuyle. Cast: Nell Shipman, Bert Van Tuyle, L.M. Wells. A thrilling and hilarious Western where the hero comes to the rescue of the kidnapped girl -- in a 1920 Maxwell sedan! Chased by bandits on horseback across rocky terrain, they survive some of the most amazing (and real) stunts ever attempted in a roadster. 57 min. DVD X5661; DVD 8194; vhs 999:2635
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A Bear, a Boy, & a Dog(1921) directed by Bert Van Tuyle. DVD 8230
Wings in the Dark(1935) directed by James Flood. DVD 8230

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Back to God's Country(1919) Directed by David Hartford. Cast: Nell Shipman, Charles Arling, Wheeler Oakman, Wellington Playter. DVD X5661; DVD 8194; vhs 999:2635
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Armatage, Kay. "Sex and Snow Landscape and Identity in the God's Country Films of Nell Shipman." In: American silent film : discovering marginalized voices / edited by Gregg Bachman and Thomas J. Slater. Carbondale : Southern Illinois University Press, c2002. Main Stack PN1995.75.S59 2002; PFA PN1995.75.A436 2002)

A Bear, a Boy, & a Dog(1921) DVD 8230

Something New(1920)
Directed by Nell Shipman and Bert Van Tuyle. 57 min. DVD 8194; vhs 999:2635

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HerStory
Ally Acker presents an archival journey from 1896 to the present of the pioneering female filmmakers who transformed the movies and challenged the industry. Using rare clips and interviews she recounts a ground-breaking herstory of Hollywood directors, screenwriters, producers, editors and executives left out of the history books. Featuring: Lillian Gish, Sherry Lansing, Ida Lupino, Euzhan Palcy, June Mathis, Lenore Coffee, Grace Cunard, Mary Pickford, Alice Guy Blache, Lois Weber, Dorothy Arzner, Nell Shipman, Frances Marion, Anita Loos, Mae West, Virginia Van Upp, Maya Deren, Germaine Dulac, Elaine May, Claudia Weill, Susan Seidelman, Sherry Lansing, Dede Allen. Based on the book: Reel Women: Pioneers of the Cinema, 1896 to the Present by Ally Acker (Main Stack PN1998.2.A24 1991) 1993. 55 min. Video/C 9416

Mina Shum

Double Happiness. (Canada, 1995)
Directed by Mina Shum. Cast: Sandra Oh, Stephen M.D. Chang, Alannah Ong, Donald Fong, Frances You. East clashes with West and generations collide in this comedy about a young Chinese-Canadian woman struggling to appease her old-fashioned father, and at the same time pursue her modern dreams. 87 min. 999:1399
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Long Life, Happiness and Prosperity (Fu lu shou) (Canada, 2002)
Directed by Mina Shum. Cast: Sandra Oh, Ric Young, Chang Tseng, Russell Yuen, Donald Fong, Christina Ma, Alannah On, Valerie Tian, Tsai Chin. Twelve-year-old Mindy Ho inexpertly tries Taoist magic to find her mother a boyfriend and fix her mother's financial situation and seemingly hopeless romantic prospects. Mindy's misdirected charms appear to cause an aging security guard to lose his job and a local butcher to win the lottery. The guard, the butcher and her mother's stories all intersect, bound together by Mindy's attempts at magical intervention. 91 min. DVD 5073
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Documentaries by Shum:

Me, Mom & Mona Video/C 4177

Joan Micklin Silver

Crossing Delancy Street (1988)
Directed by Joan Micklin Silver. Featuring Amy Irving, Peter Riegert, Jeroen Krabbe, Sylvia Miles, Reizl Bozyk. The Jewish grandmother of a 30-something year old woman in New York decides her granddaughter should be married, and hires a matchmaker. Isabelle, the granddaughter, who considers herself successful and happy, is appalled, but humors her grandmother and agrees to meet the marriage prospect, a man who runs a streetside pickle stand. 97 min. DVD X1046
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Hester Street (1975)
Directed by Joan Micklin Silver. Russian Jewish immigrants, Jake and Gitl, encounter trials and tribulations as they discard their old world traditions and adjust to life in America in 1896. DVD 3372
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Ingrid Sinclair

Flame. (Zimbabwe, 1996)
Directed by Ingrid Sinclair. One of the most controversial films ever produced in Africa (seized by the police during editing), this feature film not only exposes past abuses but continuing divisions within Zimbabwean society, especially against women and peasants. It is the story of two close friends, Florence and Nyasha as they train and fight as soldiers in the Zimbabwean liberation struggle, but after liberation find their lives little changed. 85 min. 999:1847 Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

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Julie Shles

Joy (Muchrachim Lehiyot Same'ach) (Israel, 2005)
Directed by Julie Shles. Cast: Sigalit Fuchs, Tal Friedman, Keren Mor, Yosi Polak, Rivka Michaeli. Joy Levine, oversized but with an enormous heart, is chosen to throw a surprise party for her parents for the reality television show, "Gotta Be Happy." The theme of the show, to be aired right after Yom Kippur, is forgiveness. Joy has to get all of her parents' estranged friends to the party to achieve a reconciliation, but the price she must pay is sharing a dark secret that has hung over the Levines for 22 years. 90 min. DVD 8371
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Cauleen Smith

Drylongso (1998)
Directed by Cauleen Smith. Cast: Toby Smith, April Barnett, Will Power, Channel Schafer, Salim Akil. "Drylongso," an African-American expression meaning "getting by with very little," presents the story of a young woman in just that situation. Living in Oakland, California and frustrated with her own life Pica grabs a camera and decides to document the existence of young black men, whom she feels are a breed on the verge of becoming extinct. Through this project, she meets many colorful characters and also suffers the death of her boyfriend. Through it all, Pica learns the importance of her own existence and finds her own place in the world. Presents a powerful tribute to the strength of the African American culture. 81 min. vhs Video/C 999:3678
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Julian Schnabel & Cauleen Smith.
In part one, painter/sculptor-turned-director/screenwriter Julian Schnabel, discusses his direction of the film Basquiat (tells the story of African-American street artist Basquiat) and Before night falls (tells the story of Cuban writer Reynoldo Arenas). In the second episode, Cauleen Smith, discusses her emerging career and Drylongso, a film set in Oakland about a young African-American woman who takes on a photography project to explore the rash of deaths among young black men. Smith also talks about her experience going through the Sundance Writer's Lab with her work in progress, I am furious black. Video/C MM100

Sisters in Cinema
A documentary tracing the careers of inspiring African American women filmmakers from the early part of the 20th century to the present. Realizing that she wasn't going to find her sisters in cinema in Hollywood, the producer traveled the independent path to uncover a wide range of films directed by African American women outside of the Hollywood studio system. Early filmmakers include Tressie Souders, Zora Neale Hurston, Madame C. J. Walker, Maya Angelou, Madeline Anderson, Kathleen Collins Prettyman, Darnell Martin, Kasi Lemmons, Julie Dash and Eloyce Gist. Produced and directed by Yvonne Welbon. 2003. 62 min. Video/C MM408

Jill Sprecher

Clockwatchers (1997)
Directed by Jill Sprecher Cast: Toni Collette, Parker Posey, Lisa Kudrow, Alanna Ubach. Four temporary office workers; shy Iris, brash Margaret, wannabe starlet Paula and pampered Jane become fast friends while temping at a big company where looking busy is a full time occupation. But when their boss hires a new assistant, their jobs -- and their friendship -- are suddenly in danger. 96 min. DVD 1428
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Thirteen Conversations About One Thing (2001)
Director, Jill Sprecher. Cast: Matthew McConaughey, John Turturro, Clea DuVall, Amy Irving, and Alan Arkin. Drama that takes four characters (a lawyer who hits a housecleaner with his car, then flees the scene; the housecleaner herself; a science professor who leaves his wife; and an insurance claims adjuster who's deeply envious of a coworker who seems irrepressibly happy) and blends their stories into a delicate but potent mix. 104 min min. DVD X4693
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Andrea Staka

Das Fräulein (Germany / Switzerland / Bosnia-Herzegovina, 2006)
Director, Andrea Staka. Cast: Mirjana Karanovcic, Marija Skarcic, Ljubica Jovic. Tells the story of two Balkan refugees. Reza owns a restaurant and has lived in Switzerland for 25 years. Ana is a Bosnian who breezes into Reza's life and injects both joy and discontent. 81 min min. DVD 8071
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Monica Strambrini

Benzina (Gasoline) (Italy, 2001)
Directed by Monica Strambrini. Cast: Mariella Valentini, Chiara Conti, Marco Quaglia, Pietro Ragusa, Osvaldo Livio Alzari, Luigi Maria Burruano. Stella and Eleonora are from opposite ends of the social spectrum, but in love. When Eleonora's mom is killed by accident, the two must flee and dispose of the body in order to stay together. 90 min. DVD 4465
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Harris, Sue. "Gasoline" Sight and Sound 14:1 (January 2004) Issue p. 44 UC users only
Lucamante, Stefania. "Road Movies and Gas Stations: Monica Stambrini Benzina as Creation of Alternative Spaces." Quaderni D'italianistica, 2008, Vol. 29 Issue 2, P111-134, 24pUC users only

Barbra Streisand

Yentl (1983)
Directed by Barbra Steisand. Cast: Barbra Streisand, Mandy Patinkin, Amy Irving. Set in Eastern Europe in the early 1900's, Yentl tells the story of a young woman who wishes desperately to learn. Because of the prejudice against women studying, she disguises herself as a man. 134 min. DVD X4255
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Awards
Golden Globe Awards, USA - Best Picture - Musical/Comedy; Best Director

Susan Stroman

The Producers (2005)
Directed by Susan Stroman. Cast: Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick, Uma Thurman, Will Ferrell, Gary Beach, Roger Bart, Jon Lovitz Max Bialystock was once the king of Broadway, but now he only seems to be able produce flops. Things turn around for Max when he's visited by the neurotic accountant Leo Bloom, who proposes a scheme taylor-made for producers who can only make flops: raise far more money than you need, then make sure the show is despised. No one will be interested in it, so you can pocket the surplus. With this in mind, they decide to produce a musical called 'Springtime for Hitler' written by escaped Nazi Franz Liebken. Then they get the insanely flamboyant Roger De Bris to direct and hire the loopy Swedish Ulla as the lead actress. Bonus features: Deleted scenes including never-before-seen musical numbers; outtakes; analysis of a scene "I wanna be a producer"; feature commentary with director Susan Stroman. Based on the 1968 screenplay by Mel Brooks and the 2001 stage play book by Mel Brooks & the 2001 stage play music by Thomas Meehan & the 2001 stage play lyrics by Mel Brooks. 135 min. DVD 8233
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Alison Swan

Mixing Nia (1998)
Directed by Alison Swan. Cast: Karyn Parsons, Isaiah Washington, Eric Thal, Diego Serrano, Rosalyn Coleman, Heidi Schanz. When a successful young black woman is asked to write an ad campaign for malt liquor aimed at black kids, she quits to write the great African-American novel. Born to an African American mother and a white Jewish father, she soon realizes that she's never known who she really is. Nia embarks on an odyssey to find her voice amongst false assumption about race. 93 min. DVD X1899
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Stefanie Sycholt

Malunde (South Africa / Germany, 2001)
Directed by Stefanie Sycholt. Cast: Ian Roberts, Kagiso Mtetwa, Winston Ntshona, Mosa Kaiser, Wilmien Roussouw. Wonderboy is a paint-huffing, young black boy living os the streets of Johannesburg. Kobus is a middle-aged Afrikaner soldier who is down on his luck, trying to sell furniture wax. Their paths cross when Wonderboy takes refuge from an angry drug dealer in Kobus's van. Kobus unwittingly drives to Cape Town with Wonderboy in tow. While Kobus is hoping to sell some wax, Wonderboy is hoping to find his mother there. The two soon form a bond in spite of themselves. 113 min. DVD 2713
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Zakia Tahri

Origine Contrôlée (Made in France) (France, 2001)
Directed by Ahmed Bouchaala and Zakia Tahri. Cast: Patrick Ligardes, Ronit Elkabets, Isabelle Sadoyan, Atmen Kelif. Fancy Patrick is arrested by mistake and finds himself in a cell with Samia, an attractive Algerian, and Youssef, a cantankerous show off. All three are condemned to deportation. During their transfer to the airport, they manage to escape. When they are on the run the trio discover a taste for the unusual and learn to understand and love each other. DVD X6853
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Rachel Talalay

Tank Girl(1995)
Director, Rachel Talalay. Cast: Lori Petty, Ice-T, Naomi Watts, Malcolm McDowell. The year is 2033 and since a humongous meteor hit the earth, the world just hasn't been the same. A mega-villian, Kesslee, the leader of Water & Power, holds the world in his grasp since he controls all the water down to the last drop ... or so he thinks. Two colossal enemies stand in his way: the Rippers - an army of half-men/half-kangaroo people and Tank Girl - a chick with a tank and a ton of attitude, with a chip on her shoulder and a grenade in her pocket. 103 min. DVD 920
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Hairspray Dir. John Waters. 1988 DVD 1575

IsabelleTardán

Entre Pancho Villa y una mujer desnuda (Between Pancho Villa and a naked woman) (Mexico, 1995)
Directed by Sabina Berman and Isabelle Tardán. In this comedy Gina looks for a commitment from her longtime boyfriend Adrian. Angered by his refusal to marry and fed up with his sexist attitudes, she takes a younger man as her lover. Adrian, however, will not surrender his woman or his antiquated ways of thinking. Channeling the spirit of Pancho Villa himself, he tries to fully embrace his machismo and win back the passion of Gina. 100 min. Video 999:3375
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Pilar Távora

Yerma (Spain, 1998)
Directed by Pilar Távora. Cast: Aitana Sanchez-Gijon, Irene Papas, Juan Diego. Yerma is the lonely housewife of a Spanish farmer. She longs to have a child, but believes she is unable to conceive. Upon learning from an elderly psychic woman that the problem may have more to do with her husband, Yerma rebels against her lonely life and her place in society. Based on a work of the same title by Federico Garcia Lorca. 118 min. DVD 5309
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Sam Taylor-Wood

Nowhere Boy (UK | Canada, 2009)
Director, Sam Taylor-Wood. Cast: Aaron Johnson, Anne-Marie Duff, David Threlfall, Kristin Scott Thomas. Set in Liverpool in 1955, this fact based drama chronicles the adolescent years of John Lennon. Raised by his Aunt Mimi, his world is turned inside-out when his free spirited mother re-enters his life, opening up old wounds that release pain, anger, frustration, and his artistry. Special features: Deleted scenes; the making of featurette; the untold story of John Lennon and the creation of the Beatles featurette. 98 min. DVD X5218
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Julie Taymor

Frida (USA / Canada / Mexico, 2002)
Directed by Julie Taymor. Cast: Salma Hayek, Alfred Molina, Valeria Golino, Mia Maestro, Roger Rees, Diego Luna, Geoffrey Rush, Ashley Judd, Antonio Banderas. A dramatization of the life of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, from her humble upbringing to the worldwide fame and controversy that surrounded both her and her husband, Diego Rivera. Special features: Disc 1: Feature film with commentary by director Julie Taymor; selected scenes commentary with composer Elliot Goldenthal; a conversation with Salma Hayek -- Disc 2: American Film Institute Q&A with director Julie Taymor; Bill Moyers interview with Julie Taymor; Chavela Vargas interview; the voice of Lila Downs; the vision of Frida: with Rodrigo Prieto and Julie Taymor; the design of "Frida": with Felipe Fernandez; the music of "Frida": with Elliot Goldenthal and Salma Hayek; Salma Hayek's recording session; bringing Frida Kahlo's life and art to film: a walk through real locations; portrait of an artist; "Amobea Proteus" visual FX; "The Brothers Quay" visual FX; Frida Kahlo facts. 122 min. DVD 1712
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Bartra, Eli, and John Mraz. "Las Dos Fridas: History and transcultural identities." Rethinking History 9.4 (Dec 2005): 449-457.
Briley, Ron. "Frida" Film & History 33:2 (2003) p. 75-77 UC users only
Fein, Seth. "Frida/Frida naturaleza viva." American Historical Review; Oct2003, Vol. 108 Issue 4, p1261-1263, 3p UC users only
Guzman, Isabel Molina. "Mediating Frida: Negotiating discourses of Latino/o authenticity in global media representations of ethnic identity." Critical Studies in Media Communication 23.3 (August 2006): 232(20).
Lent, Tina Olsin. "Life as Art/Art as Life: Dramatizing the Life and Work of Frida Kahlo." Journal of Popular Film & Television. 2007. Vol. 35, Iss. 2; p. 68 (9 pages) UC users only
West, Joan M "Frida." Cineaste, 28:2 (Spring 2003) p. 39-41 UC users only

Oedipus Rex
Director, Brian Large; produced by Peter Gelb, Pat Jaffe; stage production and film direction by Julie Taymor. Performers: Philip Langridge, Jessye Norman, Min Tanaka; Saito Kinen Orchestra conducted by Sejii Ozawa; Shinyu-Kai Chorus; Tokyo Opera singers; Saito Kinen Festival. Performance of Stravinski's work from the Saito Kinen Festival in Matsumoto, Japan. Opera-oratorio in two acts by Igor Stravinsky. Original libretto, Jean Cocteau; English translation, e.e. cummings; Japanese translation, Kazuko Matsuoka. Poem by Jean Cocteau based on the play by Sophocles. c1992 58 min. DVD 4790; also Video 9581

Titus (Italy / USA, 1999)
Directed by Julie Taymor. Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Jessica Lange, Alan Cumming, Colm Feore, James Frain, Laura Fraser, Harry Lennix, Angus Macfadyen, Matthew Rhys, Jonathain Rhys Meyers. Potent, time-bending adaptation of Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus, about a Roman general whose rigid code of honor and duty proves to be his downfall. Tamora, queen of the Goths, is his prisoner who plots revenge in this examination of violence -- its cause and effect -- as it relates to modern society. 162 min. DVD 335
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Betty Thomas

28 Days (2000)
Directed by Betty Thomas. Cast: Sandra Bullock, Viggo Mortensen, Dominic West, Diane Ladd, Elizabeth Perkins, Steve Buscemi. A high-flying party girl gets herself a DUI and 28 days in rehab -- and ends up discovering that real happiness must come from within. 104 min. DVD 7112
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Moufida Tlatli

La Saison des Hommes (The Season of Men) (Tunisia / France, 2000)
Directed by Moufida Tlatli. Cast: Rabiaa Ben Abdallah, Sabah Bouzouita, Ghalia Ben Ali, Hend Sabri, Ezzedine Guennoun. Drama about a young wife who must bear her husband a son if she ever wishes to escape the island of Djerba and join him in Tunis. Her husband, like his brothers, works in Tunis eleven months of the year and returns to the island for only one. 120 min. DVD 5822
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Martin, Florence. "Silence and scream: Moufida Tlatli's cinematic suite." Studies in French Cinema; 2004, Vol. 4 Issue 3, p175-185, 11p UC users only
Murphy, David. "Moufida Tlatli." In: Postcolonial African cinema : ten directors / David Murphy, Patrick Williams. Manchester : Manchester University Press, 2007. (Main Stack PN1998.2.M87 2007)
Stollery, Martin. "Masculinities, Generations, and Cultural Transformation in Contemporary Tunisian Cinema." Screen, vol. 42, no. 1, pp. 49-63, Spring 2001
Taubin, Amy. "Amy Taubin on Moufida Tlatli's study of a family blighted by the oppressive sexual politics of Tunisian society" Film Comment; Mar/Apr2001, Vol. 37 Issue 2, p18, 2p UC users only

The Silences of the Palace (Saimt el qusur; Les silences du palais) (France / Tunisia, 1994)
Director, Moufida Tlatli. As Alia, the daughter of a beautiful servant, Khedija, grows up in the king's palace at the end of the French colonial rule in Tunisia, she realizes the sexual favours required of her mother and other servants, as she, herself, is misused by those in power around her. Women had to live in silence, a silence so profound, they may come to doubt their own past -- even their own existence -- yet they survived these political realities with courage, comradeship, and the resources of their bodies. 127 min. 999:3204
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Alion, Yves. "Rencontre avec Moufida Tlatli." Avant Scène Cin?ma, vol. 536, pp. 3-7, Nov 2004
Martin, Florence. "Silence and scream: Moufida Tlatli's cinematic suite." Studies in French Cinema; 2004, Vol. 4 Issue 3, p175-185, 11p UC users only
Murphy, David. "Moufida Tlatli." In: Postcolonial African cinema : ten directors / David Murphy, Patrick Williams. Manchester : Manchester University Press, 2007. (Main Stack PN1998.2.M87 2007)
Peysson-Zeiss, Agnès. "Chants et vies de femmes dans Les Silences du palais de Moufida Tlatli." International Journal of Francophone Studies, 2006, Vol. 9 Issue 2, p223-238, 16p UC users only
Rice, Laura. "Refracting an Orientalist Lens." Women & Performance; 2007, Vol. 17 Issue 1, p37-57, 21p UC users only
Salhi, Kamal "Imaging Silence-Representing Women: Moufida Tlatli's Silence of the Palace and North African Feminist Cinema." Quarterly Review of Film and Video, vol. 24, no. 4, pp. 253-77, Aug 2007 UC users only
Sherzer, Dina. "Remembrance of Things Past: Les Silences du palais by Moufida Tlatli." South Central Review, vol. 17, no. 3, pp. 50-59, Fall 2000 UC users only DD>Zayzafoon, Lamia Ben Youssef. "Memory as allegory: the spectre of incest and the (re)naming of the father in Moufida Tlatli's The Silences of the Palace (1994)." Critical Arts: A South-North Journal of Cultural & Media Studies, 2007, Vol. 21 Issue 1, p47-67, 21p; UC users only

Fina Torres

Woman on Top (2000)
Director, Fina Torres. Cast: Penelope Cruz, Murilo Benicio, Harold Perrineau, Jr., Mark Feuerstein. Isabella is a gorgeous chef who melts the palates and hearts of men everywhere. When she decides to break free from her rocky marriage and move to San Francisco, she discovers the perfect recipe for coming out on top, her own hit cooking show. But then her ex-husband comes to town, shaking her world again. 108 min. DVD X39
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Trinh T. Min-ha

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Monika Treut

Monika Treut bibliography

Die Jungfrauenmaschine (The Virgin Machine) (USA / West Germany, 1988)
Directed by Monika Treut. Cast: Ina Blum, Marcel Uriona, Gad Klein, Peter Kern. Initially intending to write a story, a young journalist researches and tries to find romantic love in Hamburg. When her attempts seem fruitless, she tries her luck in San Francisco, where the search becomes more personal. There she is introduced to San Francisco's lesbian scene, discovers her own homosexuality, and remains convinced, despite a minor setback, that romantic love can be found. 85 min. DVD 6793; vhs 999:1295
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My Father Is Coming (Germany, 1990)
Directed by Monika Treut. Vicky, an out of work German actress in New York City, finds out she is about to receive a visit from her Bavarian father who mistakenly believes that she is happy, successful and married. Vicky attempts to fool her father by persuading her gay male roommate to pose as her husband. Vicky's world quickly collapses when her father inadvertently lands a role in a prime-time television commercial, and begins to have his own sexual adventures. In the wake of her father's new-found pleasures, Vicky also begins new experiences, slipping into a lesbian affair and a relationship with a female-to-male transsexual. 81 min. 999:2890
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Taboo Parlor (1999)
Director, Monika Treut. Part of the film anthology, Erotique. A story about a lesbian couple who pick up a man, leading to a night of uncontrollable desires where only the strong survive. DVD 2517
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Documentaries by Treut
Gendernauts: A Journey Across the Great Gender Divide DVD 5002; vhs Video/C 9262
Dr. Paglia Video/C 2821 (also included in Female Misbehavior)
Female Misbehavior DVD 6793

Rose Troche

Go Fish. (1994)
Directed by Rose Troche. Kia, a professor, speculates with her students about who might be a lesbian in American society. She is involved with Evy and they would like Kia's roommate, Max, to meet a woman. Kia sets her up with Ely, an ex-student of hers who is in the process of terminating a long-distance relationship. They finally go out ona date and everyone insists on getting all the details. DVD X4307
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Interview with Rose Troche in Lavender Limelight

TV Programs

The L Word: Losing the Light (DVD 6478); Loneliest Number (DVD 5767); Loud & Proud (DVD 5769); Pilot (2004)

Six Feet Under: The Plan (DVD 5865)

Athina Tsoulis

A Bitter Song. (Australia?, 1990)
Directed by Athina Tsoulis. Cast: Alexa Tsoulis Reay, Vicky Yiannoutsos, Lucy Lawless. In her first film role Lawless plays a kind nurse who helps a troubled young girl. 20 min. DVD 3615
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Jann Turner

White Wedding (South Africa, 2009)
Directed by Jann Turner. Cast: Kenneth Nkosi, Rapulana Seiphemo, Jodie Whittaker, Zandile Msutwana. Set against South Africa's breathtaking landscapes, a high-spirited modern day road comedy about love, commitment, intimacy, friendship, and the unbelievable obstacles that can get in the way of a fairy-tale ending. Ayanda is just days away from her lifelong dream of a modern 'white wedding.' The only problem is that her husband-to-be, the sweet, committed Elvis, is 1,000 miles away. 98 min. DVD X5452
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Liv Ullman

Faithless (Trolösa)(Sweden / Italy / Germany / Finland / Norway, 2000)
Director, Liv Ullmann; screenplay, Ingmar Bergman. Cast: Lena Endre, Erland Josephson, Krister Henriksson, Thomas Hanzon. Marianne is a successful actress happily married to Markus and devoted to her young daughter. A friendship with a film director develops into passion as the two yield to temptation and indulge in an affair in Paris that continues back at home. Eventually Markus, who has suspected the affair, confronts the faithless pair and their marriage, a friendship, and a family are threatened to be destroyed. 145 min. DVD 2448
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Private Confessions (Enskilda samtal) (Sweden, TV, 1997)
Directed by Liv Ullmann. Cast: Pernilla August, Max von Sydow, Samuel Froler. Trapped in a loveless marriage, Anna Bergman becomes involved in a passionate affair with a young seminarian. The story of the relationship and its aftermath are told in a series of five conversations. From the book 'Enskilda samtal' by Ingmar Bergman. 127 min. 999:2921
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Sofie (Sophie) (Denmark / Norway / Sweden, 1987)
Directed by Liv Ullmann. Cast: Karen-Lise Mynster, Erland Josephson, Ghita Norby, Jesper Christensen, Torben Zeller, Stig Hoffmeyer. Sofie is the only daughter of a late 19th century Jewish family in Denmark who finds herself bound to traditions that clash with the temptations of her heart. The film celebrates Sofie's life as she strives for happiness in an arranged marriage, grows to understand her family and finds the strength to accept her only child's decision to pursue a more modern way of life. 145 min. 999:1730
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Agnès Varda

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Cléo de 5 à 7 (Cleo from 5 to 7) (France / Italy, 1961)
Directed by Agnès Varda. Cast: Corinne Marchand, Antoine Bourseiller, Dominique Davray, Dorothee Blank, Michel Legrand, Jose-Luis de Vilallonga. An intimate portrait of a woman who is waiting to learn if she has terminal cancer. The beautiful but spoiled Cleo searches for answers with a fortune-teller, then seeks comfort in the familiar as she shops for a hat, talks with friends, and rehearses a song. Shot almost entirely on location, this visually entrancing film captures the look, feel, and sounds of Paris as Cleo views the world with a new awaRené ss. 90 min. DVD 1181; vhs 999:2203
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Happiness (Le Bonheur) (France, 1996)
An amiable, young carpenter decides that he will be happiest with both a wife and a mistress. His affair however, leads to tragedy as his wife tries to accept the situation but at a picnic drowns herself. 85 min. DVD 9074; vhs Video/C 999:1982
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Lions Love. (USA / France, 1969)
Performers Viva, Gerome Ragni, and James Rado play themselves, waiting for their big Hollywood break and casually drifting into a menage a trois. Varda captures the quirky, laid back lifestyle of 1960's Los Angeles as her characters revel in a cool, hang-loose existence. 115 min. Video 999:1123
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La Pointe Courte (France, 1954)
Director, Agnès Varda. Cast: Silvia Monfort, Philippe Noiret. There are two parts to this film: sequences of life in the fishing village of La Pointe Courte (a government inspector's visit, the death of a child) alternate with others following a couple - He is from La Pointe Courte, she is Parisian - coming to terms with their changing relationship. Special features: Video interview with director Agnes Varda ; excerpts from a 1963 episode of the French television series Cineastes de notre temps, in which Varda discusses her early career. 80 min. DVD 9073
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L'Une chante, l'autre pas (One Sings, The Other Doesn't) (France, 1977)
Directed by AgnèsVarda. Cast: Valerie Mairesse, Thérèse Liotard, Robert Dadies, Ali Raffi. A warm and joyous film celebrating the friendship between two women with sharply different personalities. The film follows their lives and friendship over a period of 14 years as each seeks to control her destiny and find contentment. 106 min. 999:3270
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Vagabond (Sans toit ni loi) (France / UK, 1985)
Mona, an aimless drifter in the French countryside, deeply touches the lives of the people she meets and confronts them with her own ideas of freedom. 105 min. DVD 276; VHS 999:882
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Awards

César Awards, France - Best Actress (Sandrine Bonnaire)
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards - Best Foreign Film; Best Actress (Sandrine Bonnaire)
Venice Film Festival - Golden Lion Award

Documentaries by Varda:

Daguerréotypes 1975. DVD X6357
Black Panthers (Les Panthers noires), Huey! DVD 8791; vhs Video/C 7315
Les Glaneurs et la Glaneuse (The Gleaners and I) DVD 1281
L'univers de Jacques Demy (The World of Jacques Demy) 1995. DVD 2225

About:

Susan Sontag, Agnes Varda
Jack Kroll interviews two prominent women from the film industry, Susan Sontag and director Agnes Varda. They discuss their work and modern films in general. Produced in 1969 for broadcast on the television program Camera Three. 27 min. Video/C 4609

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Rosa von Praunheim

Neurosia: Who Shot Rosa von Praunheim? (Neurosia - 50 Jahre pervers) (Germany, 1995)
Directed by Rosa von Praunheim. After gay filmmaker Rosa von Praunheim is murdered onstage hosting a tribute to himself, an intrepid tabloid reporter is assigned to find the motive -- and the body. Her search into Rosa's life carries her from Germany to New York, from angry ex-lovers to dark sex clubs, where she soon discovers everyone wanted to kill Rosa! 87 min. 999:3186
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Nicht der Homosexuelle ist pervers, sondern die Situation, in der er lebt (It Is Not the Homosexual Who is Perverse, but the Situation in Which He Lives)(West Germany, 1971)
Directed by Rosa von Praunheim. Cast: Beryt Bohlen, Bernd Feuerhelm, Ernst Kuchling. Credited with being a catalyst in the formation of gay liberation groups in several German cities, this politically charge drama paints an unflattering portrait of gay life structured around one man's sexual coming out and political maturation. As David begins the process of finding himself he uncovers the diversity and sordidness of Berlin's gay underground. He has his first affair, becomes involved with the "wrong crowd," visits numerous gay bars, and eventually settles down in an enlightened homo-hippie commune. Von Praunheim damns gay men's aping of bourgeois heterosexual society's values, painting a bleak picture of stereotypical gay men engulfed in a self-destructive lifestyle. Dubbed in English. 67 min, vhs 999:3472
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A Virus Knows No Morals (Ein Virus Kennt Keine Moral) (West Germany, 1985)
Directed by Rosa von Praunheim. Cast: Dieter Dicken, Maria Hasenacker, Christian Kesten, Eva Kurz, Rosa von Praunheim, Regina Rudnick. An irreverent black comedy on the AIDS crisis. Nurses on the night shift roll dice to see which AIDS patient will die next; the owner of a gay bathhouse gets Kaposi's Sarcoma but tries to keep his mind on profits; an epidemic victim is harassed by a reporter on his death bed and sticks her with a contaminated syringe; the government opens a quarantine called Hell Gay Land and gay terrorists kidnap the Minister of Health. 84 min. 999:2892
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Documentaries by von Praunheim:

Gay Courage: One Hundred Years of the Gay Movement in Germany and Beyond Video/C 9520
Transexual Menace Video/C 9519
Silence = Death: Artists in New York Fight Against Aids Video/C 3333
Armee der Liebenden Oder Aufstand der Perversen (Army of Lovers, or the Revolt of the Perverts Video/C 9518

Alexandra von Grote

Novembermond (November Moon) (West Germany | France, 1985)
Directed by Alexandra von Grote. Cast: Gabriele Osberg, Christiane Millet, Danièle Delorme, Bruno Pradal. A timeless and compelling love story set against the backdrop of Nazi-occupied France. On the brink of war and in the face of escalating anti-Jewish activity, November has fled her native Germany for the relative safety of Paris. She meets and falls in love with Férial, a fiercely patriotic French woman. 106 min. DVD X2757
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Margarethe Von Trotta

Die Bleierne Zeit (Marianne and Julianne) (West Germany, 1981)
Director, Margarethe von Trotta. Cast: Barbara Sukowa, Jutta Lampe, Rudiger Vogler, Doris Schade, Verenice Rudolph, Luc Bondy. Based on true events this film presents the relationship between two sisters caught up in the turmoil of Germany in the 1970s. The details of the personalities of the two main characters and their development parallels the personal history of the Ensslin sisters: Gudrun (Marianne in the film) who was imprisoned as a terrorist in the Stammheim prison where she died, supposedly a suicide, in the Fall of 1977 ; Christiane (Julianne in the film) who worked for some time as an editor of a women's magazine, "Emma," and was determined to prove that her sister did not kill herself. 102 min. 999:2902
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Heller Wahn (Sheer Madness) (West Germany / France, 1985)
Director, Margarethe von Trotta. Cast: Hanna Schygulla, Angela Winkler, Peter Striebeck, Christine Fersen. Chronicles the friendship between two very different women: one a lecturer in literature and separated from her stage director husband; the other the shy wife of a well-known peace expert. As the two women become closer, their husbands become annoyed at their own loss. 106 min. DVD 5400
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Rosa Luxemburg (Die Geduld der Rosa Luxemburg) (Czechoslovakia / West Germany, 1985)
Directed by Margarethe von Trotta. Cast: Barbara Sukowa, Daniel Olbrychski, Otto Sander. Dramatization of the life of Rosa Luxemburg, a Polish Jewess, who became known as "Red Rosa". She became German through an unconsumated marriage and at the beginning of the century, played an important role in the political and moral fields. She was at the sides of Bebel, Jaures, Lenin during all the major international congresses. She was also an ardent pacifist and spent the greatest part of World War I in prison and was eventually assissinated. 122 min. 999:1197
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Rosenstraße (Germany | Netherlands, 2003)
Director, Margarethe von Trotta. Cast: Katja Riemann, Maria Schrader, Martin Feifel, Jürgen Vogel, Fedja van Huêt, Edwin de Vries. After the death of her father, Hannah becomes concerned with the strange behavior of her mother. Traveling to Berlin to interview a woman who knew her mother as a child, Hannah hears the story of a week in 1943 when the Aryan wives of Jewish men held captive in a building on Rosenstrasse protested in the name of love, and realizes how little she knew of her mother's troubled childhood. 136 min. DVD X3780
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Schwestern, oder, die Balance des Glücks (Sisters, or, The Balance of Happiness) (West Germany, 1979)
Directed by Margarethe von Trotta. Cast: Jutta Lampe, Gudrun Gabriel, Jessica Frueh, Rainer Delventhal, Heinz Bennent, Agnès Fink. Two sisters share a complex and compelling relationship. Anna seems dependent, emotionally and economically, on Maria. Successive inward turns of the screw, however, make it unclear who exploits and dominates whom. 96 min. DVD 5398
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Die Verlorene Ehre der Katharina Blum oder: Wie Gewalt entstehen und wohin sie führen kann (Lost Honor of Katarina Blum) (West Germany, 1975)
Directed by Volker Schlöndorff and Margarethe Von Trotta. Cast: Angela Winkler, Mario Adorf, Heinz Bennent, Jurgen Prochnow, Karl Heinz Vosgerau. About the systematic victimization of a proud young woman because she is suspected of aiding a terrorist. In a period of several days, Katharina's privacy and particularly, her honor are destroyed, first by the police, who terrorize her, and then by the yellow press. Special features: Interview with directors Wolker Schlondorff and Margarethe von Trotta ; interview with cinematographer Jost Vacano ; excerpts from Heinrich Boll, a 1971 documentary about the author ; original theatrical trailer. 97 min. DVD 1654; vhs 999:210
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Das Versprechen (The Promise) (Germany / France / Switzerland, 1994)
Director, Margarethe von Trotta. Cast: Meret Becker, Corinna Harfouch, Anian Zollner, August Zirner. Story of two young lovers in East Berlin in 1961. Sophie is able to escape to West Berlin, but Konrad is forced to stay behind. They meet again briefly in 1968 in Prague and find some happiness. After marrying other people, they meet again later and look back on their unfortunate circumstances. 115 min. 999:3128
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Das zweite Erwachen der Christa Klages (The Second Awakening of Christa Klages) (West Germany, 1977)
Directed by Margarethe von Trotta. Cast: Tina Engel, Sylvia Reize, Katharina Thalbach, Marius Muller-Westernhagen, Peter Schneider. Christa Klages is a young mother distraught at the prospect that her day care center is running out of money. With her lover, Werner, and another friend, she robs a bank. The friend is captured and Werner is killed while eluding the police, so Christa flees with her friend, Ingrid, who helps Christa escape to Portugal. 93 min. DVD 5399
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Katja von Garnier

Iron Jawed Angels (USA, TV, 2004)
Directed by Katja von Garnier. Cast: Hilary Swank, Frances O'Connor, Julia Ormond, Anjelica Huston, Molly Parker, Patrick Dempsey, Laura Fraser, Brooke Smith, Vera Farmiga, Lois Smith, Bob Gunton. Tells the true life stories of Alice Paul and Lucy Burns, two defiant suffragist women who fought for the passage of the 19th Amendment. The two activists broke from the mainstream women's rights movement and created a more radical wing, daring to push the boundaries to secure women's voting rights in 1920. In a country dominated by chauvinism, this was no easy fight. Along the way, sacrifices were made: Alice gave up a chance for love, and collegue Inez Mulholland gave up her life. 123 min. DVD 4040
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Lois Weber

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The Blot (1921, silent)
Directed by Lois Weber. Cast: Philip Hubbard, Margaret McWade, Claire Windsor, Louis Calhern, Marie Walcamp. A poverty-stricken professor's daughter is admired by a wealthy student. Although fond of the student, the girl maintains her distance because of her differing social status. When the daughter becomes ill, the family's financial hardship causes the teacher's wife to be accused of stealing. 77 min. DVD 2473; vhs 999:3417
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A Chapter in her Life (1913)
Directed by Lois Weber. Cast: Jane Mercer, Claude Gillingwater, Eva Thatcher, Frankie Raymond, Jacqueline Gadsdon. A little girl's guileless faith warms the heart of her wealthy but misanthropic grandfather and helps a young man to give up drinking. 84 min. Video/C 999:3624
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How Men Propose (1913)
Directed by Lois Weber. A comedy of reversed gender expectations. Matrimony's speed limit: a young businessman thinks he must marry before noon in order to inherit a fortune. DVD 645; vhs Video/C 999:1024
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Hypocrites (1915)
Written and produced by Lois Weber. Cast: Courteney Foote, Myrtle Stedman, Adele Farrington, Margaret Edwards Follows parallel stories of an early Christian ascetic and a modern minister. Gabriel is a medieval monk who devotes himself to completing a statue of "Truth," only to be murdered by a mob when his work turns out to be an image of a naked woman. The contemporary Gabriel is pastor of a large urban congregation for whom religion is a matter of appearances, not beliefs. The hypocrisy of the congregation is exposed by a series of vignettes in which the Naked Truth is portrayed by a naked woman, revealing their appetites for money, sex and power. 50 min. DVD 9797; vhs 999:2659
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Matrimony's Speed Limit (1913)
Directed by Lois Weber. A young businessman thinks he must marry before noon in order to inherit a fortune. DVD 645; vhs Video/C 999:1024
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Awards & Honors
National Film Registry Selection

Suspense(1913)
Producers/directors, Lois Weber & Phillips Smalley. A one-reel thriller in which a tramp threatens a mother and child, while the father races home to their rescue. DVD 9450; also on DVD 9638 and DVD 4669

Too Wise Wives(1921)DVD 645; vhs 999:1024
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Where Are My Children?(1916)
Producers/directors, Lois Weber, Phillips Smalley; writer, Lois Weber. While prosecuting a physician for the death of a client after an abortion, the district attorney discovers that his wife helped her society friends and the daughter of her maid obtain and pay for abortions from the physician (and was perhaps herself also a client.) 65 min. DVD 8670

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HerStory
Ally Acker presents an archival journey from 1896 to the present of the pioneering female filmmakers who transformed the movies and challenged the industry. Using rare clips and interviews she recounts a ground-breaking herstory of Hollywood directors, screenwriters, producers, editors and executives left out of the history books. Featuring: Lillian Gish, Sherry Lansing, Ida Lupino, Euzhan Palcy, June Mathis, Lenore Coffee, Grace Cunard, Mary Pickford, Alice Guy Blaché, Lois Weber, Dorothy Arzner, Nell Shipman, Frances Marion, Anita Loos, Mae West, Virginia Van Upp, Maya Deren, Germaine Dulac, Elaine May, Claudia Weill, Susan Seidelman, Sherry Lansing, Dede Allen. Based on the book: Reel Women: Pioneers of the Cinema, 1896 to the Present by Ally Acker (Main Stack PN1998.2.A24 1991) 1993. 55 min. Video/C 9416

The Silent Feminists: America's First Women Directors
Unbeknownst to many, women have been directing feature films since the silent era of the American film industry. Such directors as Lois Weber, Frances Marion, Dorothy Arzner, Kathlyn Williams and Alice Guy Blache were a significant presence in the early days of Hollywood. Utilizing film clips, rare photos and interviews with survivors of the era, this documentary pays fond tribute to these pioneers. Dist.: Direct Cinema. c1993. 45 min. Video/C 8986

Claudia Weill

Girlfriends(1978)
Director, Claudia Weill. Cast: Melanie Mayron, Anita Skinner, Eli Wallach, Christopher Guest, Bob Balaban, Gina Rogak, Amy Wright, Viveca Lindfors, Mike Kellin. Aspiring photographer, Susan, and poet, Anne, share an apartment in Manhattan until Anne makes the decision to marry and move out. Relationships in Susan's life, after Anne leaves the apartment, are explored. 88 min. DVD X6540
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Lina Wertmuller

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Ferdinando e Carolina (Ferdinando and Carolina) (Italy / France, 1999)
Directed by Lina Wertmuller. Cast: Sergio Assisi, Gabriella Pession, Nicole Grimaudo. After an arranged marriage, King Ferdinando and Carolina discover that the one thing they have in common is sexual desire. The sovereigns continue to reign, oblivious to the tide of revolution threatening to tear France apart. 108 min. DVD 4418
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Love and Anarchy (Film d'amore e d'anarchia) (Italy, 1973)
Directed by Lina Wertmuller. Cast: Giancarlo Giannini, Mariangela Melato, Eros Pagni, Lina Polito. Tells the story of a shy country peasant who goes to the city with a plan to assassinate Benito Mussolini. His underground contact in the network of anarchists offers him a hideout in her brothel where he meets a young prostitute and falls in love. When his lover prevents the plan's realization, he fires upon police, is imprisoned and murdered. 129 min. 999:2313
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Mimì metallurgico ferito nell'onore (The Seducation of Mimi; Mimi the Metalworker Wounded in Honor) (Italy, 1972)
Directed by Lina Wertmuller. Cast: Giancarlo Giannini, Mariangela Melato, Agostina Belli. A comedy about a Sicilian laborer who in the course of defending his honor gets into trouble with the Communists, the Mafia and his family. 89 min. DVD 952; vhs 999:2318
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Ninfa plebea (The Nymph) (Italy, 1996)
Directed by Lina Wertmuller. Cast: Lucia Cara, Stefania Sandrelli, Raoul Bova, Pepe Da Rosa. Miluzza, a young girl who has been abused repeatedly and orphaned, meets a young wounded soldier. Upon helping him return to his family farm, the two fall in love. The man's mother however insists that he marry a virgin. 110 min. DVD 4419
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Notte d'estate con profilo greco, occhi a mandorla e odore di basilico (Summer Night) (Italy, 1986)
Directed by Lina Wertmuller. Cast: Marangela Melato, Michele Placido, Massimo Wertmuller, Roberto Herlitzka. Signora Bolk, a self-made rich-bitch billionairess, fed up with the terrorists who poach Italy hires a former CIA agent to kidnap the lead violator. While in captivity and blindfolded the man discovers that one of the women who kidnapped him agrees to pay the ransom but only with a twist. 98 min. DVD 4417
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Seven Beauties (Pasqualino Settebellezze) (Italy, 1976)
Directed by Lina Wertmuller. Cast: Giancarlo Giannini, Fernando Rey, Shirley Stoler. A small-time casanova with no political convictions and fewer brains shoots his sister's pimp to save the family honor. He is caught, tried, sent to an insane asylum, volunteers for the Italian army and ends up in a Nazi prison where he learns to survive at any cost. 115 min. DVD 352; VHS 999:2326
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Déléas, Josette. "The Grotesque in Seven Beauties." In: Women filmmakers : refocusing / edited by Jacqueline Levitin, Judith Plessis, and Valerie Raoul. Vancouver : UBC Press, 2002. Full text available online (UC Berkeley users only); Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.W6 W655 2003)

Swept Away (Travolti da un insolito destino nell'azzurro mare d'Agosto) (Italy, 1975)
Directed by Lina Wertmuller. Cast: Giancarlo Giannini, Mariangela Melato, Riccardo Salvino, Isa Danieli, Aldo Puglisi, Eros Pagni. A wealthy upperclass capitalist and a proletariat deckhand on her yacht are marooned together on an uninhabitated island for several weeks. The woman becomes totally dependent on the man for survival, falls in love with him, and the two temporarily reverse their roles. 116 min. DVD 356; VHS 999:183 (vhs is dubbed into English)
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Ann Wheeler

Better Than Chocolate (Canada, 1999)
Directed by Anne Wheeler. Cast: Wendy Crewson, Karyn Dwyer, Christina Cox, Ann-Marie McDonald, Marya Delver, Kevin Mundy, Peter Outerbridge. Maggie meets the woman of her dreams in Vancouver just hours before her mother and brother move in with her. Maggie believes she must keep her affair secret from her family but her clandestine romance is eventually revealed. 102 min. DVD 1875
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Doris Wishman

Bowen, Michael J. "Doris Wishman Meets the Avant-Garde." In: Underground U.S.A. : filmmaking beyond the Hollywood canon / edited by Xavier Mendik & Steven Jay Schneider. London ; New York : Wallflower Press, 2002. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.E96 U34 2002)
Bowen, Michael J. "Embodiment and Realization: The Many Film-Bodies of Doris Wishman." Wide Angle 19.3 (1997) 64-90 UC users only
Jarmick, Christopher J. "Remembering the grand dame of American sexploitation films." Senses of Cinema UC users only
Leavold, Andrew. "Bad Girls Go to Dildo Heaven: An All-Nude Tribute to Doris Wishman." Senses of Cinema: An Online Film Journal Devoted to the Serious and Eclectic Discussion of Cinema, vol. 23, pp. (no pagination), Nov 2002 UC users only
Luckett, Moya. "Sexploitation as Feminine Territory: The Films of Doris Wishman." In: Defining cult movies : the cultural politics of oppositional taste / edited by Mark Jancovich ... [et al.]. Manchester, UK ; New York : Manchester University Press : Distributed exclusively in the USA by Palgrave, 2003. (Main Stack PN1995.9.S284.D44 2003)
Modleski, Tania. "Women's Cinema as Counterphobic Cinema: Doris Wishman as the Last Auteur." In: Sleaze artists : cinema at the margins of taste, style, and politics Jeffrey Sconce, ed. Durham : Duke University Press, 2007. (MAIN: PN1995.9.S284 S64 2007)
Quarles, Mike. "Doris Wishman: How Did a Nice Girl Like You End Up in a Book Like This?" In: Down and dirty : Hollywood's exploitation filmmakers and their movies Jefferson, NC : McFarland, c1993. (Main Stack PN1998.2.Q37 1993)

Bad Girls Go to Hell (1965)
Directed by Doris Wishman. Cast: Gigi Darlene, George La Rocque, Sam Stewart, Gertrude Cross (as Sandee Norman), Alan Feinstein. Meg accidentally kills the janitor with a bowl after being attacked and raped by him in the stairwell of her apartment. Although it was in self-defense, Meg fears no one would believe her. So, she travels to New York City and encounters a string of situations where she gets used and abused. Then she finally takes a job caring for an invalid woman whose son happens to be the detective assigned to investigate the janitor's death. 90 min. DVD X971
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Let Me Die a Woman (1978)
Directed by Doris Wishman. Cast: Leslie, Deborah Hartin, Lisa Carmelle, Frank Pizzo, Harry Reems as Tim Long, Carol Sands, Billy Kelman, Doug Martin. A documentary-style film about transsexuals. Features the work of sex-change specialist Dr.Leo Wollman, including interviews with Dr.Wollman and a few of his patients, with an illustrated lecture on the various aspects of transsexuality plus actual footage of a sex-change operation, which is what gives the film its notoriety. 78 min. DVD X5532
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Nude on the Moon (1960)
Directed by Doris Wishman. Cast: Marietta, William Mayer, Lester Brown ; host, Joe Bob Briggs. In this hilarious sci-fi nudie-cutie, two rocket scientists fly to the moon, where they discover a population of nudist "moon dolls" with pipe cleaner antennae growing out of their bouffant hairdos. 70 min. DVD X3921
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Satan Was a Lady (2001)
Directed by Doris Wishman. Cast: Honey Lauren, Glyn Styler, Edge Hans Lohl, Laudet Torres. A melodrama that descends with a hell-bent spiral about a whore who longs for a touch of mink and a way out no matter what... Special features: Wishman unadulterated (behind the scenes) ; Glyn Styler solos ; filmography. 85 min. DVD 8224
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Schlock!: The Secret History of American Movies
The wild no-holds barred independent American filmmakers of the '50s and '60s tell their own story in this critically acclaimed survey of exploitation and sexploitation filmmaking. 2000. 89 min. DVD 2212

Alice Wu

Saving Face (2004)
Directed by Alice Wu. Cast: Joan Chen, Michelle Krusiec , Lynn Chen, Jin Wang, Guang Lan Koh, Jessica Hecht, Ato Essandoh. Wilhelmina is a Chinese-American lesbian and a young surgeon who has kept her sexual orientation secret from her conservative Chinese community in New York. But when her widowed mother becomes pregnant and is kicked out by her own parents, Wil suddenly has to juggle her mother's secrets with her own. Wil has a new romance with Vivian who is a ballet dancer and the daughter of Wil's boss. 98 min. DVD 6142
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Keren Yedaya

Or, My Treasure (My Treasure; Mon Tresor) (Israel, 2004)
Directed by Keren Yedaya. Cast: Ronit Elkabetz, Dana Ivgy, Meshar Cohen, Katia Zimbris, Shmuel Edelman. Or, a pretty and popular Tel Aviv high school student, works nights at a neighborhood restaurant while taking her first tentative steps out of innocence and into first love. But her real full-time job is looking after her mother who has worked as a street prostitute for 20 years. The daughter must make a choice between taking care of her mother's bottomless needs or having an uncorrupted life of her own. 100 min. DVD 4901
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Jasmila Zbanic

Grbavica: The Land of My Dreams (Austria / Bosnia-Herzegovina / Germany / Croatia, 2006)
Director, Jasmila Zbanic. Cast: Mirjana Karanovic, Luna Mijovic, Leon Lucev, Kenan Catic, Jasna Ornela Barry, Dejan Acimivuc, Bogdan Diklic, Emir Hadzihafizbegovic. A touching film about a single mother who lives with her 12-year-old daughter in the Grbavica district of Sarajevo, a neighborhood once used as an internment camp during the Yugoslav wars. 109 min. 999:1954
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Lili Fini Zanuck

Rush(1991)
Directed by Lili Fini Zanuck. Cast: Jason Patric, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Sam Elliott, Max Perlich, Gregg Allman, Tony Frank, William Sadler. Undercover narcotics officers Jim Raynor and Kristen Cates are partners who become lovers and addicts as they infiltrate the local drug scene in order to bring down a suspected drug lord. Based on the book by Kim Wozencraft. 120 DVD X1121
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Dina Zvi-Riklis

Shalosh Ima'ot(Israel, 2006)
Directed by Dina Zvi-Riklis. Cast: Gila Almagor, Miri Mesika, Rivkah Raz. A drama set in Egypt that traces the lives and loves of 3 Egyptian-Jewish women from infancy. Historical events are woven into the story. 106 min. DVD X188
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