Wednesday, March 18, 2009

I'm teaching Women in Film at Portland State University this upcoming spring quarter and here are the films we are watching (in part) in class, followed by a list of films I would have wanted to show in class if the class were three years long. What would you put on the list that I left off? 

Pantomime Lesbienne (Alice Guy,1900) 4 mins
Feministe! (Alice Guy, 1906) 20 mins
A Fool There Was (Frank Powell, 1915) 67 mins
The Passion of Joan of Arc (Carl Dreyer,1928) 82 mins
Morocco (Josef Von Sternberg,1930) 91 mins
Bride of Frankenstein (James Whale, 1931)
King Kong (Merian Cooper, 1933) 100 mins
Wizard of Oz (Victor Fleming,1939) 103 mins
Meshes of the Afternoon (Maya Deren, 1943) 20 mins
Swing-Shift Cinderella (Tex Avery, 1945) 10 mins
The House of Tomorrow (Tex Avery, 1949) 11 mins
The Marrying Kind (George Cukor, 1952) 92 mins
Skyscraper (Shirley Clarke, 1960) 20 mins
Children’s Hour (William Wyler, 1961) 109 mins
Darling (John Schlesinger, 1965) 128 mins
Wanda (Barbara Loden, 1970) 109 mins
Ciao! Manhattan (John Palmer, 1973) 91 mins
Carrie (Brian De Palma, 1975) 97 mins
Coal Miner’s Daughter (Michael Apted, 1980) 125 mins
The Willmar 8 (Lee Grant, 1981) 55 mins
Not a Jealous Bone (Cecilia Condit, 1987) 10 mins
She’s Gotta Have It (Spike Lee, 1987) 84 mins
Fatal Attraction (Adrian Lyne, 1988) 119 mins
Sweetie (Jane Campion, 1989) 99 mins
Aliens 3 (David Fincher, 1992) 144 mins
Chasing Amy (Kevin Smith, 1997) 113 mins
Boys Don’t Cry (Kimberly Pierce, 2000) 116 mins
Filming Desire: A Journey Through Women’s Film (Marie Mandy, 2000) 60 mins
Fat Girl (Catherine Breillat, 2001) 83 mins


The Merchant of Venice (Lois Weber, 1914), Olympia (Leni Riefenstahl, 1938), The Wicked Lady (Leslie Arliss, 1945), Gilda (Charles Vidor, 1946), All About Eve (Joseph Mankiewicz, 1950), The Hitch-Hiker (Ida Lupino, 1953), La Strada (Frederico Fellini, 1954), The Connection (Shirley Clarke, 1961), Cleo from 5 to 7 (Agnes Varda, 1962), Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore (Martin Scorcese, 1974), Seven Beauties (Lina Wurtmuller, 1975), I Spit on your Grave (Meir Zarchi, 1978), Killing Us Softly (Margaret Lazarus, 1979), City of Women (Frederico Fellini, 1980), The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter (Connie Field, 1980), Ms. 45 (Abel Ferrara,1981), The Decline of Western Civilization (Penelope Spheeris, 1981), Born in Flames (Lizzie Borden, 1983), Yentl (Barbara Streisand, 1983), Lianna (John Sayles, 1983), Desperately Seeking Susan (Susan Seidelman, 1985), Working Girls (Lizzie Borden, 1986), Desert Hearts (Donna Deitch, 1986), Salaam Bombay! (Mira Nair, 1988), Daughters of the Dust (Julie Dash, 1991), Just Another Girl on the I.R.T. (Leslie Harris, 1992), A League of Their Own (Penny Marshall, 1992), Antonia’s Line (Marlene Gorris, 1995), Waiting to Exhale (Forest Whitaker, 1995), The Watermelon Woman (Cherly Duyne, 1996); Virgin Suicides (Sophia Coppola, 1999), American Psycho (Mary Harron, 2000), Filming Desire: A Journey Through Women’s Film (Marie Mandy, 2000), Ophelia Learns to Swim (Jurgen Vsych, 2001), At Five in the Afternoon (Samira Makhmalbaf, 2003), Thirteen (Catherine Hardwicke, 2004), Monster (Patty Jenkins, 2004), Sisters of ’77 (Cynthia Salsman Mondell, 2005), My Summer of Love (Paul Pavlikovsky, 2005)


Dusty said...

Tootsie! Totally Tootsie. Seriously.

Oh, and Fritz Lang's Metropolis, Bunuel's Belle du Jour and Hanson's Labyrinth.

Dusty said...

A-Doy: Henson.

Ana Božičević said...

definitely something by sadie benning:
some of her shorts are even on youtube.

Ben Estes said...

Totally, Fassbinder's "In a Year of 13 Moons", Altman's "3 Women", Teshigahara's "Woman in the Dunes" Rohmer's "Suzanne's Career" "My NIght at Maud's" and "Claire's Knee"... Yo!

hoverby said...

Maybe "Bordeline": a 1930 film made by a modernist film collective (POOL,) starring Paul Robeson and H.D.

hoverby said...

Oh! And "Billy The Kid" by Jennifer Venditti. So Good!

rodney k said...

Hi Zachary,

Charulata, maybe, by Satyajit Ray. I think it was his favorite of all his films. "Charu's Theme" is that beautiful melody that comes up in the parts of Wes Anderson's The Darjeeling Limited that aren't the Kinks.

Zachary Schomburg said...

Thanks you lovely people. All these definitely will go on the recommended viewing list (a list they consider when focusing on a film for a final paper) and maybe I'll squeeze parts of a few of these into the classroom. Keep 'em coming if you more ideas.

Marc McKee said...

I probably would have put "Ghost World" on there. & if you were just clipping some movies, it would be interesting to watch a Faye Dunaway-centric "Bonnie & Clyde" and "Chinatown." "Norma Rae" could probably be added, as well as "Silkwood" (Cher & Meryl Streep, together at last). I might give "Lovely & Amazing" a look, and "Amelie" a second look.