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Spike Lee Adds Films Directed by Women To His Essential Films List

Spike Lee Adds Films Directed by Women To His Essential Films List

So last month, when Spike Lee released his list of essential films (HERE) many people were perturbed that, of the 87 films he listed, none were directed by women.

Spike, however, has listened to those complaints, or, as he
said yesterday on his Kickstarter blog, “Thank
You For That Coat Pulling,”
and added seven films directed by
women to his essential films list, four of them directed by the same

Those women-directed films are:

Piano, Jane Campion (1993)

of the Dust, Julie Dash (1991)

Hurt Locker, Kathryn Bigelow (2008)

Seduction of Mimi, Lina Wertmuller (1972)

and Anarchy, Lina Wertmuller (1973)

Away, Lina Wertmuller (1974)

Beauties, Lina Wertmuller (1975

Personally I would have gone with Point Break instead of The Hurt Locker for Bigelow, but then that’s
just me.

What do say about these additions?

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Tiffany–Why this has turned into some sort of need for any type of further responses is beyond me (actually is now both quite amusing and sad) everything that needed to be said was said. Your claims of your knowledge of this site and your pedigree don't sync with your previous comments so feel free to continue this whereas this is where I get off. Lol.


Tiffany. The fact is your opinion is woefully short on the facts. It sounds as though you don't want to make the effort to go to the festivals, etc. to see the work discussed–frequently–here on this site. It's not on cable? or On Demand? Go seek it out. You will be greatly rewarded for your efforts. You couldn't be at a better site for information on a topic like this that's being addressed here so for you to post this reply to my initial & following comments troubles me and that's the fact. One last item–and I'll quote you, "…the ones (films) that are decent, do not have enough funds to really flush out the story and make it provocative and something you'd want to see twice." That's part of what Spike brought to a national spotlight with his involvement with crowdfunding via Kickstarter–and IndieGoGo has been discussed as well. Though I appreciate your participation in, what was, and is, my observation on Spike's list, please discontinue any further responses to my comments and instead seek the informed opinions of Sergio, Tambay, or any of the regular contributors to this site. Thanks.


Why does Spike have to make an addendum at all? By the way, did he have any movies by handicapped directors? Let's see how silly uber-inclusiveness can get.


i was pleased to see the hurt locker as his bigelow selection :-)


Claire Denis!


Tiffany. "mostly stereotypical stories"? "they (African American male filmmakers) never push the envelope"? Clearly you are unaware of the site that you decided to respond to my comment on (which I still stand behind). Why don't you scroll previous posts here and you will discover a plethora of AA male (and female) filmmakers that are not telling sterotypical stories and pare absolutely pushing the envelope.


Funny; no mention of Euzhan Palcy?


"Personally I would have gone with Point Break instead of The Hurt Locker for Bigelow, but then that’s just me." Totally agree with you on that one.


I would have added Blue Steel and even Strange Days as well. I blame the latter's heavyhandedness and bloated running time on James Cameron.


Why do we always have to make a big deal about the lack thereof of AA content (directors, writers) otherwise? This is Spike's list and frankly, these films are great ones. There are very few AA writers, directors who do exceptional work. They are mostly stereotypical stories we've seen before. They never push the envelope. Spike Lee has been one of the most provocative Black filmmakers of our generation. There is no one AFTER him that can compare to him. These filmmakers will have to do a LOT of work to get on this list and we have to stop giving PASSES to filmmakers just because they're BLACK. Because when we continue to let people pass just because they're black, they will never live up to a standard of great filmmaking…hence this list.


Not a whole lot of African-American male filmmakers, either.

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