The Zone's Greatest Female Director (Now w/ Poll!!!)

Which director made the best films, made the best visuals, or smelled the best? This is the forum to find out.

Greatest Female Director? (in order appearing in thread)

Mary Harron
2
7%
Jane Campion
0
No votes
Deepa Mehta
0
No votes
Katheryn Bigelow
4
13%
Leni Riefenstahl
3
10%
Sophia Coppola
5
17%
Jennifer Lynch
0
No votes
Alison Anders
0
No votes
Lynne Ramsay
1
3%
Samira Makhmalbaf
0
No votes
Penny Marshall
3
10%
Penelope Spheeris
0
No votes
Amy Heckerling
3
10%
Barbara Peeters
0
No votes
Doris Wishman
0
No votes
Nora Ephron
0
No votes
Cate Shortland
0
No votes
Niki Caro
0
No votes
Gurinder Chadha
1
3%
Agnes Varda
0
No votes
Maya Deren
0
No votes
Catherine Breilliat
2
7%
Lina Wertmuller
0
No votes
Nicole Holofcener
0
No votes
Kathryn Bigelow
1
3%
Mimi Leder
1
3%
Sally Potter
0
No votes
Mira Nair
0
No votes
Sarah Polley
1
3%
Ida Lupino
1
3%
Elaine May
1
3%
Julie Delpy
0
No votes
Julie Taymor
1
3%
 
Total votes : 30

Postby WinslowLeach on Thu Jan 03, 2008 8:31 pm

Laura Wachowski!! They forgot her!!
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Postby bluebottle on Thu Jan 03, 2008 8:32 pm

next month we can do a "greatest trans-gendered director" poll.
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Postby WinslowLeach on Thu Jan 03, 2008 8:34 pm

Creepy!
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Postby instant_karma on Thu Jan 03, 2008 8:34 pm

Lord Voldemoo wrote:
Peven wrote:so, why isn't the Wachowski sister on there? what, you people don't recognize her new physical identity that finally matches her internal indentity????


heheheh, i actually thought about that when I put up the poll, but I couldn't remember if he/she was pre or post-op. :shock: :lol:


*AHEM*

instant_karma wrote:How about Larry (or is it now Lana) Wachowski?
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Postby stereosforgeeks on Thu Jan 03, 2008 8:36 pm

Wow someone else voted for Breilliat.

No it is not an alt :-P
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Postby Peven on Thu Jan 03, 2008 8:39 pm

i thought she had been post-op for at least over a year now. it does raise the issue of how you define person, though. the whole, "which is more important, what is on the outside or the inside?", thing. i wouldn't be surprised if she would say she had been a woman director all along, despite peeing standing up. certainly gives a rare perspective; a female trapped in a male's body. only person here who has any idea what that would be like is Kirk.
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Postby WinslowLeach on Thu Jan 03, 2008 8:41 pm

Poor Kirk.

I dont care if Larry has a dink or a vagina or a digina. Just make good movies man-er-wom-er...pal!!
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Postby Lord Voldemoo on Fri Jan 04, 2008 4:11 pm

bump.
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Postby Seppuku on Fri Jan 04, 2008 4:16 pm

Bluebottle wrote:next month we can do a "greatest trans-gendered director" poll.


Would Lee Tamahori be elligible, seeing as he's only a crossdresser?
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Postby darkjedijaina on Fri Jan 04, 2008 4:16 pm

no julie taymor?
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Postby Seppuku on Fri Jan 04, 2008 4:21 pm

darkjedijaina wrote:no julie taymor?


Good call. This makes Titus sad. :(

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Postby Lord Voldemoo on Fri Jan 04, 2008 4:22 pm

darkjedijaina wrote:no julie taymor?


Too late!!

EDIT: ok, fine, she's on there now!
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Postby Seppuku on Fri Jan 04, 2008 4:30 pm

Once again Voldy shows how in touch he is with his feminine side (and I don't just mean his udders)...

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Postby TheBaxter on Fri Jan 04, 2008 4:38 pm

Lord Voldemoo wrote:
darkjedijaina wrote:no julie taymor?


Too late!!

EDIT: ok, fine, she's on there now!


i was thinking the same thing. ah well, i wouldn't have voted for her anyway.

how about mary lambert? (pet sematary, pet sematary 2, the in crowd, a bunch of made-for-TV crap)

anyway, i voted for mary harron. mostly for american psycho. i considered amy heckerling for fast times, and also penny marshall for big, but i kinda felt like the acting and writing, more than the directing, is what made those films. and sofia coppola just sorta leaves me cold.
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Postby monorail77 on Fri Jan 04, 2008 4:46 pm

Amy Heckerling gets my vote. A combination of artistry and populism (is that a word?) Anyway, I think she's the best all 'rounder on the list, though I'd like to see lots more of Sally Potter's work (I thought Orlando was one of the best films evah).

BTW, Bigelow is on the poll twice.
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Postby magicmonkey on Sat Jan 05, 2008 9:12 am

Hmmm, guess I kinda forgot about this thread... Anyhow, Ramsay all the way. You know it in your geek heart to be true.
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Postby Maui on Thu Apr 10, 2008 1:29 am

Just add some female directors to that list Havoc...geesh! :roll:


on that other thread.
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Postby Bob Samonkey on Thu Apr 10, 2008 1:37 am

Maui wrote:Just add some female directors to that list Havoc...geesh! :roll:


on that other thread.


Girls are aloud to direct? Do they have to be strippers first?
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Postby burlivesleftnut on Thu Apr 10, 2008 1:46 am

It was a tough choice between Kathryn Bigelow and, um.... Kathryn Bigelow, so I voted for Sophia Coppola.
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Postby silentbobafett on Thu Apr 10, 2008 4:29 am

Who directed Stop Loss and Boys Don't Cry?
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Postby Ribbons on Thu Apr 10, 2008 4:38 am

That'd be Kimberly Peirce, young fella. Whee!
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Postby havocSchultz on Thu Apr 10, 2008 9:08 am

Maui wrote:Just add some female directors to that list Havoc...geesh! :roll:


on that other thread.


How 'bout Kathryn Bigelow...?
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Postby silentbobafett on Thu Apr 10, 2008 10:26 am

Ribbons wrote:That'd be Kimberly Peirce, young fella. Whee!


While I'm pretty shit and reading lists, I'm sure she's not on it! I would have gone with her (not seen Stop Loss, but LOVE Boys Don't Cry)

However, in her absence I went with Kathryn Bigelow - POINT BREAK, BABY!

And she's on their twice, so shes gotta be fucking good! :-)
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Postby DinoDeLaurentiis on Thu Apr 10, 2008 10:35 am

silentbobafett wrote:However, in her absence I went with Kathryn Bigelow - POINT BREAK, BABY!


Bah! What about a the "Near Dark", no? She certainly deserves a to be onna there twice iffa only for having a the balls a to make a the goddamn vampire movie that dinna dwell onna the hopeless romanticism of a the vampire, eh?

"30 Days of a the Night", she WISHES she was as enna'tertaining as a the "Near Dark", no?
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Postby havocSchultz on Thu Apr 10, 2008 10:52 am

DinoDeLaurentiis wrote:
silentbobafet t wrote:However, in her absence I went with Kathryn Bigelow - POINT BREAK, BABY!


Bah! What about a the "Near Dark", no? She certainly deserves a to be onna there twice iffa only for having a the balls a to make a the goddamn vampire movie that dinna dwell onna the hopeless romanticism of a the vampire, eh?

"30 Days of a the Night", she WISHES she was as enna'tertaining as a the "Near Dark", no?


Damn straight!


Bigelow FTW!!!!!!!!!!!!!

And she's a cougar...
So she's got that going for her too...

And she does action better than a lot of her male contemporaries/counterparts...
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Postby unikrunk on Thu Apr 10, 2008 11:23 am

goddamit; I want to recast my vote. I did not see Leni on the list, and voted for fucking Penny Marshall.

When reading the poll, dear zoners, please subtract one vote for Penny, and add a vote for Leni. And I am not trying to be 'controversial'; the woman was the best filmmaker of her time, gender is not even a factor in this equation.

Yeah, her films were straight propaganda, but before that, she was cooking with gas. And, shit, even her propaganda shit is incredibly well done, not that I agree with a modicum of the ideology, but, you know, they were really well made.

On a side note, I noticed a post speaking on the amount of time women have been making films being tied to their acceptance as legit filmmakers. I would just like to point out that the 20's and early 30's were a heyday of women filmmakers, whom would not shy away from political overtones in their work. It was not until the puritan days of the mid-30's that women were pushed out of the game.

I could site a bunch of examples, but I am lazy, so if you are interested, there is this little thing called 'Google', which will back my claims up. Or, if you are so inclined, take a class on the ‘feminine gaze’ in cinema. Lot’s of cool stuff to learn that has been buried by the boys club.

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Postby travis-dane on Sat Apr 12, 2008 7:33 am

I love "LOST IN TRANSLATION",
so I go with the sweet Sophia Coppola.
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Postby Shan on Sat Apr 12, 2008 8:36 am

"How old are you?"
"I fought for the South"
"The South?"
"We lost."

That was some classic [Near Dark] dialogue. I still remember it almost 20 years after I saw it.
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Postby caruso_stalker217 on Sat Apr 12, 2008 7:33 pm

Where the fuck is Asia Argento on that list?

The woman has amazing talents!

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Postby silentbobafett on Sat Apr 12, 2008 7:35 pm

caruso_stalker217 wrote:Where the fuck is Asia Argento on that list?

The woman has amazing talents!

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Postby filmtx1 on Sun Apr 13, 2008 12:37 pm

Great poll. And great list. I voted for the Nazi. Despite Leni Riefenstahl's notorious political leanings and blatant racism, she is widely believed to be one of the most influential film directors of all time, man or woman. Lina Wertmueller was a pretty amazing filmmaker, too.
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Where are the great female film directors?

Postby judderman on Thu Jun 19, 2008 1:30 pm

I suppose the main reason, of course, is that there aren't that many female film directors period. But in the last 20 years or so, a number have come through and made some genuinely striking and original flicks. But the moment they do, something goes horribly wrong. Jane Campion made The Piano, but her films since then have been eye-gougers of the highest order. Sally Potter made Orlando, but then disappeared up her own posterior with The Tango Lesson. Jodie Foster made Little Man Tate and Nell, two interesting and well made movies, but suddenly decided to make Home For the Holidays, an experience I can only compare to watching an airline-edited version of Hostel. She hasn't made a flick since. Katheryn Bigalow made Point Break and Near Dark, two decent cult classics, but then descended to the utter crap of Strange Days, The Weight of Water and K-19. Mimi Leder made a break for Hollywood after directing a kickass episode of ER, then made The Peacemaker and Deep Impact. Even Nora Ephron, who I loved for writing When Harry Met Sally, went from directing Sleepless in Seattle to the living nightmares of Mixed Nuts, Michael and Bewitched. Penny Marshall made Big and A League of Their Own, but then collapsed into the dark depths of The Preacher's Wife and Riding in Cars With Boys. One who I thought was going to buck the trend was Betty Thomas, who directed a trio of hilarious comedies (The Late Shift, The Brady Bunch Movie and Private Parts) but crashed and burned with Doctor Dolittle and I Spy.

What's going on here? And where the hell is Mary Harron?
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Re: Where are the great female film directors?

Postby Fievel on Thu Jun 19, 2008 1:38 pm

Amy Heckerling - Fast Times At Ridgemont High.... Look Who's Talking, Look Who's Talking Too, Clueless, Loser.....
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Re: Where are the great female film directors?

Postby The Todd on Thu Jun 19, 2008 1:42 pm

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Re: Where are the great female film directors?

Postby Lord Voldemoo on Thu Jun 19, 2008 1:44 pm

The Todd wrote:Right here


Yup.

Topics merged.
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Re: Where are the great female film directors?

Postby DaleTremont on Thu Jun 19, 2008 3:13 pm

judderman wrote:Katheryn Bigalow made Point Break and Near Dark, two decent cult classics, but then descended to the utter crap of Strange Days, The Weight of Water and K-19.


Well, let's not give up hope yet.
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Re: Where are the great female film directors?

Postby Keepcoolbutcare on Fri Jun 20, 2008 3:30 am

DaleTremont wrote:
judderman wrote:Katheryn Bigalow made Point Break and Near Dark, two decent cult classics, but then descended to the utter crap of Strange Days, The Weight of Water and K-19.


Well, let's not give up hope yet.


there's never enough love for "The Loveless", imho...
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Re: Where are the great female film directors?

Postby havocSchultz on Fri Jun 20, 2008 9:32 am

DaleTremont wrote:
judderman wrote:Katheryn Bigalow made Point Break and Near Dark, two decent cult classics, but then descended to the utter crap of Strange Days, The Weight of Water and K-19.


Well, let's not give up hope yet.


The Hurt Locker

Iraq. Forced to play a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse in the chaos of war, an elite Army bomb squad unit must come together in a city where everyone is a potential enemy and every object could be a deadly bomb.

Ralph Fiennes ... Mercenary Team Leader
Guy Pearce
David Morse ... Col. Reed


I'd check it out actually...
Depending on a trailer and whatnot...

But I like Bigelow...for the most part...never did catch K-19...I'm not much of a Jim Belushi fan...
But Near Dark and Point Break are damn fine...
And I enjoyed Strange Days...which is why I'm even more interested in seeing Ralph Fiennes as a mercenary leader...


Keepcoolbutcare wrote:
DaleTremont wrote:
judderman wrote:Katheryn Bigalow made Point Break and Near Dark, two decent cult classics, but then descended to the utter crap of Strange Days, The Weight of Water and K-19.


Well, let's not give up hope yet.


there's never enough love for "The Loveless", imho...


Or Blue Steel...

But The Loveless is something I'll have to search out...sounds intriguing...
As does her 17 minute short from '78 called The Set-Up...be nice to somehow see that one day...
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Re: The Zone's Greatest Female Director (Now w/ Poll!!!)

Postby RogueScribner on Fri Jun 20, 2008 10:43 pm

Do you realize that Kathryn Bigelow's name is listed twice in the poll?
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Re: The Zone's Greatest Female Director (Now w/ Poll!!!)

Postby Fievel on Sat Jun 21, 2008 2:29 am

RogueScribner wrote:Do you realize that Kathryn Bigelow's name is listed twice in the poll?


Would you rather have her twice or Barbra Streisand once?
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Re: The Zone's Greatest Female Director (Now w/ Poll!!!)

Postby RogueScribner on Sat Jun 21, 2008 4:54 am

Touche.
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Re: The Zone's Greatest Female Director (Now w/ Poll!!!)

Postby havocSchultz on Sat Jun 21, 2008 7:53 am

I just changed my vote from Kathryn Bigelow to Kathryn Bigelow...

Twice is not enough in my opinion because Point Break is at least twice as good as most male directed action films...
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Re: The Zone's Greatest Female Director (Now w/ Poll!!!)

Postby magicmonkey on Mon Feb 01, 2010 12:26 am

An interesting article on female directors. It does mention Shark Tale as being directed by a woman, which is untrue, but... it raises some interesting and generally sad points about the male dominated industry.
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Re: The Zone's Greatest Female Director (Now w/ Poll!!!)

Postby Ribbons on Wed Apr 20, 2011 12:58 pm

Claire Denis!

On a related note, anybody here see White Material?
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Re: The Zone's Greatest Female Director (Now w/ Poll!!!)

Postby Ribbons on Mon May 23, 2011 1:56 am

Also, Isabel Coixet has made some cool, atmospheric movies that I've enjoyed -- Elegy, Map of the Sounds of Tokyo, and The Secret Life of Words
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Re: The Zone's Greatest Female Director (Now w/ Poll!!!)

Postby SilentScream on Mon May 23, 2011 8:56 am

How the fuck is SOFIA COPPOLA leading this poll?

THIS IS A WIND UP, RIGHT?

It's like Ron Howard or Shymalman (or whatever the dope is called) leading the best living male director or something. Farcical.
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