If you wish to engage with film on a deeper intellectual level, the DFF42 Film Studies sidebar has you covered. Anchored around Mark Cousins’ Women Make Film: A New Road Movie Through Cinema—a 14-hour documentary screened over five evenings— this selection of documentaries and panels will greatly enhance your understanding of cinema as text. You may even feel as though you’re back in school—with Tilda Swinton, Agne`s Varda, and Milos? Forman, among others, serving as your professors.
This cleverly edited documentary uses archival footage to paint a portrait of charismatic and renowned director Milo Forman as war orphan and outsider, contrarian young artist in 1960s Prague, and immigrant with an anti-establishment bent who became one of America’s great filmmakers.
The late great Nouvelle Vague pioneer Agnès Varda was an institution of French cinema but a fierce opponent of any kind of institutional thinking. This documentary invites you to join her on a retrospective journey through her unconventional oeuvre. It’s an honor.
As told through clips from 183 female directors with narration by Tilda Swinton, this epic 14-hour documentary by Mark Cousins (The Story of Film, DFF35) focuses on women’s integral role in the development of the art of cinema.
Upon its release in 1995, Showgirls was a notorious failure. Today, however, Paul Verhoeven’s salacious look at the lives of Vegas strippers is itself getting another look from critics. Jeffrey McHale’s thoroughly delightful documentary examines its journey from flop to alt-classic.