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Heroines of Cinema

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    Heroines of Cinema: A Conversation With Sally Potter

    Heroines of Cinema: A Conversation With Sally Potter

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    Heroines of Cinema: Ava DuVernay and 10 More Trail-Blazing Black Female Directors

    Who won this year’s Best Director Award at Sundance? Or the only woman to direct a music video for Jay-Z? If you don’t know the answer to any of these questions, read on. And if you are wondering why black female directors need to be lumped together in their own column, the answer is simple - visibi...

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    Heroines of Cinema: Valdis Oskarsdottir, and the 'Invisible Art' of Editing

    Unlike the frequent depressing statistics on female directors or cinematographers, editing is one creative role in cinema where women have traditionally held their own.

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    Heroines of Cinema: 10 Reasons to Love Emma Thompson

    Having previously examined the downside of being of a star actress, it seemed time for a corrective tonic. Not that I feel any A-list actress particularly needs to be acclaimed a heroine.

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    Heroines of Cinema: Tilda Swinton and Sally Potter's Orlando

    Arguably it is stretching the bounds of this column to claim Orlando, the eponymous protagonist of Sally Potter’s 1992 film, as a Heroine of Cinema. After all, the character not only begins life, but spends several hundred years as a biological man. However, the previous sentence may aler...

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    Heroines of Cinema: The Life Cycle of an Actress

    Heroines of Cinema: The Life Cycle of an Actress

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    Heroines of Cinema: Ellen Kuras, Rockstar Among Cinematographers

    Ellen Kuras has been described as a rockstar among cinematographers. She has worked with Martin Scorsese, Sam Mendes and Spike Lee, not to mention Michel Gondry and Charlie Kaufman on one of the most acclaimed and visually exciting films of the past decade, “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”.

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    Heroines of Cinema: Rizzo from 'Grease'

    For a film so obsessed with cool, “Grease” is surprisingly naff. Perhaps it was inevitable. A film set in the 1950s and filmed in the 1970s was always set precariously amid the ebbs and flows of fashion. John Travolta’s ever more bizarre reputation can hardly help its cool credentials. And maybe the...

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    Heroines of Cinema: Brenda Chapman's Firing and the 5 Stages of Grief

    Heroines of Cinema: Brenda Chapman's Firing and the 5 Stages of Grief

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    Heroines of Cinema: Muriel Heslop

    As widely reported earlier this month, the new Sight and Sound poll of the 50 Greatest Films of All Time featured only one film by a female director. It was hardly a surprise to those versed in the inequalities of the film industry. No women competed for the Palme d’or at Cannes this year.

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