N and I have been watching The History of Film on Netflix, and I am enjoying it, but of course can’t help but notice how many movies were and still are just stories of white dudes talking about white dudes directed by white dudes.
I know this is to be expected, but that doesn’t make it right.
Also: Fuck Gus Van Sant.
Additionally, I grow progressively more bored with old white dude shit.
Catherine Breillat’s film are rough (like they punch you in the soul) but powerfully feminine.
Maya Deren made fantastic surreal short films that really pushed the medium.
Both pre and post-war Japanese film is really interesting if you want to get away from white guy stuff. It is still guy stuff for the most part, but a different perspective.Also is a different kind of sexism that can be interesting to understand. (Ozu, Kenji Mizoguchi, and Kurosawa)
Lynne Ramsay a great Scottish director. Ratcatcher is a fave, and We Need to Talk about Kevin was super underrated.
Mira Nair is an Indian filmmaker and worth digging into.
Agnes Varda’s whole filmography is worth going through. Cleo from 5 to 7 is sooooooo good.
Lina Wertmüller is an Italian filmmaker and I would say check out Love and Anarchy.