Women directors: the biggest names in film history
For some reason, there is an opinion that only men can make films successfully. However, in the history of cinema there are many examples that refute this common misconception.
The first in the list of women directors who have received worldwide fame is the German Leni Riefenstahl. Her films "Olympia" and "Triumph of the Will", filmed in the late 1930s, despite the obvious scandal (as they were created by order of the Nazi Party), forever entered the golden fund of world cinema.
Following Riefenstahl or the famous Italian Lina Wertmuller, over time, the number of women who have achieved a lot in the field of cinema has increased significantly.
Among the brightest foreign representatives of the director’s profession, one can recall Nora Ephron (who shot the popular films When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle, Michael and You’ve Got Mail), Panny Marshall (she has films Big, Awakening ), Nancy Myers (“What Women Want", “Love with or without Rules”, “Exchange Vacation”) or Ann Fletcher (“Step Up”).
Do not forget about the daughter of the legendary director Francis Ford Coppola – Sofia Coppola (author of The Virgin Suicides and Lost in Translation). At the moment, Sophia is one of the most prominent figures in American independent cinema – who will now say that nature rests on the children of geniuses.
However, the most important pinnacle – the Oscar for directing – has so far managed to reach only one representative of the fair sex: 2010 was the year of the triumph of Katherine Bigelow for the film "The Hurt Locker".
There are also many brilliant examples of female directors in the history of Russian cinema: just remember Tatyana Lioznova (“Seventeen Moments of Spring”), Svetlana Druzhinina (trilogy about midshipmen and “Secrets of Palace Revolutions”), the author of wonderful comedies Alla Surikova or the star of intellectual cinema Kira Muratova .
The most recent example of unconditional success and popularity can be considered Valeria Gai Germanika, whose film “Everyone will die, but I will stay” and the series “School” aroused great interest and resonance.
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