Golden Girl

8 Mar

Kathryn Bigelow, director of The Hurt Locker

I’m blogging one day early than my usual Tuesday morning posts in recognition of International Women’s Day and last night’s incredible Oscar win – Kathryn Bigelow will go down in history as the first woman to win an Academy Award for ‘Best Direction’. She appeared genuinely surprised and grateful, unlike the woman who won for ‘Best Costume Design’ who looked down at her golden statue and flatly stated, “I already have two of these.” 

Just for fun, here’s a list of five great films directed by women:

Across the Universe (2007) Directed by Julie Taymor – An incredible visual experience even if you aren’t a fan of the Beatles.

Away From Her (2006) Directed by Sarah Polley – Beautifully crafted, quiet storytelling in the classic tradition of Canadian cinema. 

Lost in Translation (2003) Directed by Sofia Coppola – A sweet, funny yet melancholic film.

Orlando (1992) Directed by Sally Potter – A truly unique and magical film starring Tilda Swanton who plays multiple male and female characters throughout many decades. 

When Night is Falling (1995) Directed by Patricia Rozema – This was one of those films I watched while in film school and it made me want to make films.

2 Responses to “Golden Girl”

  1. First Kiss Films March 8, 2010 at 1:46 pm #

    I can’t imagine trying to edit down that much footage! But pretty amazing that she shot it all on 16mm – guess she had a limitless budget for film and processing!

  2. Christopher March 8, 2010 at 1:22 pm #

    I thought Hurt Locker was good – not great – but I wonder if Bigelow’s alleged 100:1 shooting ratio actually helped her win?

    Although it seems like getting that many takes reflects poorly on a director, both Kubrick and Coppola were infamous for their take-after-take demands for perfection. And she shot on 16mm film, so the “video’s cheap” excuse doesn’t fly. But I’m still curious to learn about the method behind her madness, and if the numbers are just skewed because she shot form so many angles, or let the actors improvise (best original screenplay win probably challenges that idea) or she just demanded perfection…

    Either way, safe to say they probably earned their Best Editing award and that she won’t be competing with you in the you-only-get-one-chance-to-get it-right wedding film business :)

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