Roger Ebert

Why these films by women directors from the 1970s and '80s need to be seen

Why these films by women directors from the 1970s and '80s need to be seen

In a 1980 interview with the director Claudia Weill, the late critic Roger Ebert bemoaned, “It’s simply one of the things we’re going to have to get over, this business of thinking and writing about ‘women directors.’”

Recent studies have, of course, shown that men still direct a wildly disproportionate number of feature films. All these years later, Ebert’s notion of moving past the gender distinction — so that Weill and those who followed in her footsteps could be asked about their movies and not about being women directors — still feels like wishful...

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