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March 2010, issue 53
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And the Best Director Oscar Goes To...
...a woman, for the first time ever! There's some Women's History Month action for you! Kathryn Bigelow won this year's Best Director Oscar for The Hurt Locker, a war film set during the continuing conflict in Iraq. We've ordered this film, which also won Best Picture, and it will be entering our collections shortly. In the meantime, we point you towards some of the earlier work of this intriguing filmmaker, particularly films that are already part of our collections.
Bigelow has excelled in several different genres. She has also worked in horror and science fiction, crime and action films. Near Dark (1987), one of her earliest films, is one of my favorites, about a young man who falls in with a savage group of redneck vampires, and features a vicious performance by Bill Paxton.
From this offbeat vampire horror, Bigelow moved to a cop thriller, Blue Steel, starring Jamie Lee Curtis as a police officer who is the target of an obsessive madman played by Ron Silver. Although we don't have it, I have to mention Point Break, a cult fave about FBI agents and bank robbers in the surfer world, starring Patrick Swayze and Keanu Reeves.
Rounding out the Bigelow titles in our collection are Wild Palms (1993) and Strange Days (1995), both are what were near-futuristic looks at millenial fears. In Palms, produced by Oliver Stone for television, political power and paranoia merge with technological advances as a politician seeks to use holographic imagery delivered via television sets directly into the electorate's living rooms. Strange Days is a fiery thriller set in 1999 L.A., with Ralph Fiennes as an ex-cop who deals in a druglike virtual reallity technology.
Check back later this month for The Hurt Locker, and in the meantime, explore some of Bigelow's prior work.
And While We're at it with this Women's History thing...
...let's celebrate some of the other notable directors in our collection who happen to be women.
Women Who Made the Movies is a documentary which gives a solid overview of the careers of some prominent directors from the first half of the twentieth century, like Lois Weber, Alice Guy-Blache, Leni Riefenstahl, Ruth Ann Baldwin and Ida Lupino. America's First Women Filmmakers, from the Library of Congress, has examples of both Weber's and Guy-Blache's work.
We've mentioned actress and director Lupino before; we love her tough, b-movie noir, like The Hitchhiker, which is as taut a thriller as there is.
For more contemporary films try work by these other outstanding filmmakers: Elaine May, Lina Wertmuller, Amy Heckerling, Nora Ephron, Sally Potter, Julie Dash, Diane Keaton, Mira Nair, Darnell Martin, Maya Deren, Jane Campion, Julie Taymor, and Agnes Varda.
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