Four Acclaimed Female Directors
Recipient of the LLS 2004 Excellence in Teaching Award
COURSE DESCRIPTION: With a few notable exceptions, the vast majority of film directors have been men. Alice Guy Blaché (1873-1968) was the first woman film director. Her 1896 short, La Fee aux Choux – “The Cabbage Fairy” is generally considered to be the first-ever fiction film. By 1910, Blaché had moved from her native France to America, where she built and ran her own movie studio in Ft. Lee, New Jersey. She would go on to direct more than 400 films. Since her day, a relatively small number of women have broken through the glass ceiling and succeeded in what has long been a man’s world. This lecture series will introduce four notable exceptions – women whose skills and vision are the equal of any man who ever cried out “Camera, Action!” Each lecture will begin with a brief biography of that week’s director, followed by the screening of what, in Dr. Stone’s opinion, is their best – or most representative – work. As always, after the screening, the participants will have an opportunity to engage in discussion and a questions and answer period.
1. Lois Weber (1879-1939): The only woman to become a successful director during the silent era, Weber produced films of social import. We will view Weber’s 1921 masterpiece, Too Wise Wives.
2. Dorothy Arzner: (1897-1979): The only successful woman director during Hollywood’s “Golden Age,” Arzner populated her films with strong independent women such as Rosalind Russell in her 1936 film, Craig’s Wife.
3. Ida Lupino (1918-1995): a highly successful actress, Lupino became an equally successful director of film noir and message pictures, such as her 1950 film, Outrage, which dealt with the then-taboo subject of rape.
4. Sofia Copolla (1971- ): Daughter of the legendary Francis Ford Copolla, Sofia is a chip off the old block. Her 2003 drama, Lost in Translation takes an extraordinary look into the nature of relationships.
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Now beginning his 15th year with the Lifelong Learning Society (LLS), Kurt F. Stone is an author, essayist, political activist, actor and ordained rabbi. He
calls himself a “Hollywood Brat,” having been born and raised in and around the film industry, and calls his love and knowledge of film “a genetic inheritance.” Dr. Stone is the author of two books on the U.S. Congress and for the past ten years has written more than 485 Op-Ed pieces for his on-line blog, The K.F. Stone Weekly. He is currently working on a new book about the history of Hollywood, entitled In the Land of Mink-Lined Pools.
||7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
||Tuesdays, March 18, 25; April 1, 8
||Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
||$34 member / $54 non-member