Women Make Film: A New Road Movie Through Cinema (2018) - Rotten Tomatoes

Women Make Film: A New Road Movie Through Cinema (2018)




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This epic exploration of filmmaking by women offers an essential and celebratory revisionist history of cinema told through the lenses of the world's greatest female directors. Researched, shot, and edited by Mark Cousins (The Story of Film: An Odyssey), 700 clips from 183 filmmakers both well-known and forgotten-from Agnès Varda (France) to Sarah Maldoror (Angola), Ava DuVernay (U.S.A) to Binka Zhelyazkova (Bulgaria)-illuminate the scope and impact of women's contributions to the art form. Structured as a road trip with plenty of space for twists and turns, this 14-hour journey is brought to life by narrators like Jane Fonda, Debra Winger, Adjoa Andoh, Thandie Newton, and Tilda Swinton, who unpack topics including memorable opening sequences, approaches to framing, filming sex, and how to portray love and death onscreen. Arriving at a pivotal moment of recognition and reckoning for women in the industry, Women Make Film is both urgently of its time and a valuable resource to be treasured into the future.


Adjoa Andoh
as Narrator
Jane Fonda
as Narrator
Kerry Fox
as Narrator
Tilda Swinton
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Debra Winger
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Critic Reviews for Women Make Film: A New Road Movie Through Cinema

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (4)

The series is accessible - it's definitely aimed at film outsiders - yet even if you've been to film school you won't be bored and surely everyone will enjoy Cousins's nifty turns of phrase.

May 21, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Cousins wants to show us the magic tricks of these gifted women. His own gift is to leave them seeming even more magical.

May 20, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

No one interested in cinema will want to miss it, and no one could possibly watch it without learning something.

May 14, 2020 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

The film's real value is calling attention to so many underappreciated directors.

September 17, 2018 | Full Review…

A 14-hour runtime is unforgiving, and shortcomings surface as we chug to the end.

May 22, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Gathers together a century of material ... into a package that combines warmth with rigour, wit with technical know-how. It is essential.

May 22, 2020 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

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