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    Heroines of Cinema: Marta Cunningham Explains The Valentine's Tragedy That Turned Her Into a Filmmaker

    Laverne Cox recently spoke about how popular media narratives on trans people are limiting, too often only comfortable defining them as victims or statistics. The 2008 murder of Larry King was a case in point. According to the prevailing story, Larry was a 15 year old (generally labelled as gay or "...

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    Heroines of Cinema: Where Are The Leading Roles For Black Actresses Over 50?

    Last week, Oprah Winfrey missed out on a second potential Oscar nomination, and with it, the chance of becoming the oldest African American actress ever to win an Academy Award (the current oldest was also the first - Hatty McDaniel at the tender age of 44).

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    Heroines of Cinema: Kátia Lund, the Oscar-Nominated Director Who Never Was

    Who is Kátia Lund, the co-director, alongside Fernando Meirelles, of “City of God” - the breakout Brazilian drama nominated for four Oscars in 2004?

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    Heroines of Cinema: An A to Z of Women in Film in 2013

    It’s at times like these that twenty-six letters seems awfully few. Not that this list is intended as an encyclopedia.

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    Heroines of Cinema: Reed Morano, The Next Big Thing in American Cinematography

    Thirty-six-year-old Reed Morano is fast becoming one of independent cinema’s most exciting cinematographers.

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    Heroines of Cinema: Almodóvar’s Seven Favorite Actresses

    The term “Almodóvar’s women” is irrevocably tied to his cinema, though it is not a phrase that I like. For a start, it perpetuates the trope of a male leader surrounded by a rotating orbit of females. More importantly, the women in question - whether fictional characters, or the actresses who play t...

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    Heroines of Cinema: 10 Great Films About Female Sexuality By Female Filmmakers

    This week we aim to highlight ten of the best female-directed films made this century concerning female sexuality, whether directly or more obliquely.

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    Heroines of Cinema: 'Blue is the Warmest Color' and the Real Problem With Male Filmmakers and Female Sexuality

    I am a man, and this is an article concerning female sexuality, at least in part. I feel that should be noted immediately, lest anyone take it as an unnoticed irony rather than a relevant starting point. While I don’t see my gender as fatally problematic either to the authorship of this article or t...

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    Heroines of Cinema: The British Actress’s Guide to Hollywood

    Looking at the program for the London Film Festival, which launches this Thursday, it struck me how many of the gala films featured star turns from leading British actresses. There’s Carey Mulligan in “Inside Llewyn Davis”, Emma Thompson in “Saving Mr Banks”, Kate Winslet in “Labor Day”, Judi Dench ...

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    Heroines of Cinema: The Biggest Female-led Box Office Hits of the 21st Century

    Box office is big business. “Avatar” grossed $2.78 billion in theatrical release alone - which, in the spirit of pointless statistics, is equal to the Gross National Product of the nation of Guyana. So far this century, 14 feature films have grossed more than $1 billion in worldwide theatrical relea...

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