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Akerman’s Je Tu Il Elle and the power of ambiguity

Regarding plot, there isn’t much to summarize in Chantal Akerman’s Je Tu Il Elle (1974). In the Belgian director’s second feature-length film, the principal character “Julie” (played by Akerman herself) spends a month in voluntary isolation before hitchhiking with a truck driver (Niels Arestrup) and finally visiting her ex-girlfriend (Claire Wauthion). If the camera dedicates a full five minutes to a scene in which Julie and the driver drink their beers and smoke cigarettes in silence, why do I need to keep my eyes on the screen? What will I miss in the seconds that I turn away?

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A dream-like lesbian drama airing at midnight September 1 on TCM: Jacqueline Audry’s Olivia

Olivia is a particularly beautiful watch. Within lavish costumes, bedrooms, and ballrooms, the story is surprisingly intimate.

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The effect of critics on director Leontine Sagan’s Mädchen in Uniform and its perception during Nazi Germany

When someone considers whether to watch a film at the theaters, it’s standard practice to Google search the movie name and look at reviews. Reading the film’s summary and the reviewer’s feelings are usually enough to tip the balance on whether or not to purchase a ticket. However, these reviews are often not gender-balanced.

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Dorothy Arzner’s ‘Merrily We go to Hell’ talks about modern-day problems

Director Dorothy Arzner was the only female director in Hollywood’s Golden Age. According to IMDb, from 1928 to 1943, she directed 20 films.

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Turner Classic Movies’ “Women Make Film” Series Shines Light on One Hundred Films Directed by Women

Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will premiere the lauded 14-part documentary Women Make Film, introducing weekly episodes from the series beginning on the television channel TCM September 1, 2020, at 8 pm EST and subsequent Tuesdays through December 1, 2020. 

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BHFF Goes Virtual in November Due to COVID-19

The Black Harvest Film Festival, hosted by the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago, should be starting in August. But, due to COVID-19, the festival will be virtual from November 6 through November 30. The festival, annual since 1994, recognizes independent films of international Black cultures. Director of Programming and cofounder of BHFF Barbara Scharres […]

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