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Hollywood’s Femme Fatality Rate

Article: Hollywood’s Femme Fatality Rate

In the mid-’70s, when women (among them Claudia Weill, Joan Micklin Silver, Joan Darling) were getting the chance to direct mainstream movies, Pauline Kael cautioned against expecting great things right away. Filmmakers needed a chance to learn and develop, she said, and there was always a chance they might not, or might simply become proficient…

Paul Schneider’s Bright Ideas

Article: Paul Schneider’s Bright Ideas

“So…Andrei Tarkovsky!” Paul Schneider said when I sat down to talk with him. I wasn’t really prepared to discuss the merits of the Russian auteur, but then neither was he — it was the just the kind of disarming introduction you’d expect from Schneider, who’s made a career of playing guys you’d want to have…

Being a “Female Filmmaker”

Article: Being a “Female Filmmaker”

When Kathryn Bigelow makes an intense action film like “The Hurt Locker,” the fact that she’s a she becomes a major topic of conversation. So why isn’t the same true when a man directs a movie for a “female” audience? That sort of double standard is the subject of this week’s IFC News podcast, along…

Cannes do.

Article: Cannes do.

The competition line-up for this year’s Cannes Film Festival has been announced! A fair amount of Euro provocateurs — Lars von Trier, Gaspar Noé, Michael Haneke — and France in general, and only two American films, the expected Tarantino and the unexpected Ang Lee comedy, which hopefully has more to it than its trailer would…

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