Halfway through French director Céline Sciamma’s inspiring period drama “Portrait of a Lady on Fire,” it occurred to me: There had not been a single man on screen for over an hour.
Twenty-two years later, “High Art” (1998)—director Lisa Cholodenko’s first feature film—resonates simultaneously as a timeless meditation on love, loss and art and as a trenchant drama with distinctive roots in 1990s aesthetics, culture and social issues.
Although women have certainly made strides toward equality since suffrage, obstacles still face voters of all genders at the polls.
We all owe the suffragists who secured the vote. Use it!
In “The Bostonians,” the North—represented by Olive Chancellor, a wealthy woman’s rights advocate—and the South—represented by the anti-feminist womanizer and very sensual Basil Ransome—fight for control over Verena Tarrant, a young woman with a talent for public speaking who is the daughter of greedy spiritualists and the granddaughter of abolitionists.
Work, business, labor and suffrage are not feminine in “Making an American Citizen,” a 1912 film by Alice Guy Blaché.
The fight to secure voting rights for American women has a long and complicated history. Hollywood’s depictions of suffrage struggles and their aftermath have a history of their own.
“The Assistant” stands apart from films such as “Bombshell” because nothing is resolved. Because “The Assistant” is about harassment and exploitation against ordinary women.
My stomach is in knots with social media buzz, reviews and accolades for the new film “Birds Of Prey,” and I had a hard time watching the recent Academy Awards since “The Joker” was nominated for 11 awards. Why isn’t anyone asking what type of damage movies like these are doing to those of us who suffer with mental illness?
“Pandora’s Box” is a documentary that takes us from Maasai villages to Mumbai, from London to Manhattan—and in each community, we meet people who were deprived of their dignity, opportunities and their voices because they began to bleed. Three of the women who helped tell the story talked to Ms. at the film’s premiere about what they’ve learned from the movement—and the movie.