Women make films. That's a fact, a statement, and now a new TV series.
After creating the addicting and critical documentary The Story of Film, Mark Cousins is back with Women Make Film, a 12-week series of hours of research by women filmmakers from the earliest silences to our present decade. Each episode runs on Tuesdays on TCM, accompanied by a festival of films made by women from many countries and six continents.
It will also be available on the Criterion Channel and HBO Max.
As narrator Tilda Swinton says, "Most films have been made by men. Most of the recognized so-called classics have been made by men. But for the past 13 decades and in all six continents of filmmaking, thousands of women have made films – some of the best." . "
"This is a kind of film school where all the teachers are women, an academy of Venus," explains producer Tilda Swinton, the first of seven different storytellers to be heard.
It's exciting to cover this subject in such depth. The series is divided into 40 chapters in which rhetorical questions from "What is an inventive way of introducing a character?" Be provided. to "How did a director think?"
These questions do not have clear answers, but they allow us to study the essentials– framing a scene that sets tone, creates tension and processes it. There are no right or wrong answers, just examples from the extensive catalog of women's films that are offered as possible solutions.
NPR critic David Bianculli says: "Women Make Film doesn't rule out blockbusters or outstanding successes. Wonder Woman by Patty Jenkins is here, as is The Hurt Locker by Kathryn Bigelow and Big by Penny Marshall. But the main joy of this documentary is seeing a little unknown scene that makes you passionate about looking for the entire film. I walked away with a long list, including not just The Last Stage, but Blackboards, Evolution, Tomboy, and others. As it turns out, none of these will be shown by TCM during its Tuesday night showcases this fall, but I'll find them anyway.""
Along with the broadcast of Women Make Film, TCM 100 will show films mentioned in the document, many of which will receive their most significant US exposure to date. You can see the schedule here!
It covers six continents, 44 countries and filmmakers worth 12 decades.
TCM is started Women make films on Tuesdays 8 p.m. EUROPEAN SUMMER TIME. You can also find it on HBO Max and the Criterion Channel.