examines the work of female directors from the silent to the contemporary
era, concentrating on the work of filmmakers from the U.S., Germany, and France.
Throughout the quarter, we will address the following questions:
As we explore these
questions, we will discuss films made both within and outside the mainstream
film industry. We will also hone our critical skills by analyzing how
directors structure their films’ narrative and visual styles.
- What, if anything,
unites the work of women directors? Are there particular stylistic
or narrative strategies that characterize films directed by women?
- How does an
investigation of women directors change our conception of film history?
- How does feminist
film criticism help us to interpret films made by women? What challenges
do particular directors pose to critics?
- How do historical,
cultural, and industrial factors shape the work of women directors?