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“10 lesbian filmmakers you should know about” — Monika Bartyzel at The Week uses her latest Girls On Film entry to spotlight the talents of a specific subsection, finding some gems and a variety of genres.
“Turn-of-the-century powerhouse Alice Guy-Blaché isn’t the only top female talent who has been written out of film history. Dorothy Arzner was the only female filmmaker to consistently work in Hollywood through the 1930s and 1940s. She worked her way up from script typist and made her debut at Paramount with the 1927 film Fashions for Women. She was a woman in a field universally dominated by men and the first female member of the Directors Guild of America. She was also an out woman who lived openly with her partner, Marion Morgan, until her death in 1971.
One of her last features — Dance, Girl, Dance — is arguably her most popular, a film before its time that flopped when it was first released in 1940. Dance, Girl, Dance stars Lucille Ball and Maureen O’Hara as dancers — the former a bawdy entertainer and the latter an aspiring ballerina — who battle to survive and land love. The film focused heavily on female interaction and directly confronted the male gaze — as seen in the clip below, when O’Hara’s character addresses her snickering male audience.”
“What Pixar’s Next Movie Will Mean to Girls” — Kyle Buchanan reports after an early preview of Inside Out, noting that Pixar has responded to the call for making a film featuring a girl with band-aids on her knees. As a bonus, the comments section is as irritating/hilarious as you imagine it to be.
“Censorship and What Freedom of Speech Really Means: Comedian Bill Hicks’ Brilliant Letter to a Priest” — This is film-adjacent, but I see no reason to pass up any opportunity to feature Bill Hicks. Here, Maria Popova at Brain Pickings briefly dissects an artist’s response to “outrage.”
“11 Things LAFF Filmmakers Wish Someone Had Told Them BEFORE They Started Shooting” — Taylor Lindsay at Indiewire rounds up some good advice born from hindsight.
“Hogwarts Express Ride: Why You Need to Take a Trip on Orlando’s Wizarding Train” — Peter Sciretta at Slashfilm disappears behind a wall and lives to tell the tale.