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Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Honestly, I thought it was lower than that

We here at East Bay View can't claim to do much better: only four and a half and a bit of our top fifty movies of last year were directed by women (Miranda July, Lucrecia Martel, Mak Yan Yan, Agn├Ęs Varda and half for Zana Briski; the bit is for Amanda Forbis's and Wendy Tilly's segment of The Animation Show 2005, which was the best thing in that omnibus). The Voice poll has five of 50; Film Comment's four. You'd be right to point out than male directors vastly outnumber female directors, but consider that the ratio of graduates from film schools hasn't ever been this distorted. We don't have to wait a generation to conclude that yes, Martha, there is a glass ceiling -- so in the meantime, would fanboys please consider more inclusive alternatives to auteurism?

EDIT: Interesting to note that thoug women are only responsible for just over a quarter of my 99 Songs, they form a majority in the top ten. I will think for a while about what this might mean.


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