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#52FilmsByWomen - 13th 'Year' of films Directed by Women


With the notional 'year' element that came with the #52FilmsByWomen pledge out the window, this is now my 13th batch of 52 films since starting in 2016. This blog covers films watched between May and July 2022 directed/co-directed by women.

Read about films: 1 – 52, 53 - 104, 105 - 156, 157 - 208, 209 - 260, 261 - 312, 313 - 365, 366 - 417, 418 - 469, 470 - 521, 522 - 573 and 574 - 625.


In this batch of #52FilmsbyWomen, 5 were re-visits, the remaining 47 new to me. The 52 consisted of 23 feature films, 12 documentaries and 16 silent short films. The latter as part of my viewing project to watch at least one film a year #directedbywomen, I'm working my way from 1939 to 1896. You can find links to 2021 - 1940 via the he 1969 - 1940 blog.



From the 35 feature length documentaries and films which were new to me, my top 10 were:


  • The Kindergarten Teacher (2018, Sara Colangelo)

  • Queen of Diamonds (1991, Nina Menkes)

  • Working Girls (1931, Dorothy Arzner)

  • Take the Lead (2006, Liz Friedlander)

  • Bergman Island (2022, Mia Hansen-Løve)

  • Peasant Women of Ryazan (1927, Olga Preobrazhenskaya)

  • Mr Jones (2019, Agnieszka Holland)

  • Jumbo (2020, Zoé Wittock)

  • The Last Supper (1995, Stacy Title)

  • Zero Fucks Given (2021, Emmanuel Marre/Julie Lecoustre)


You can read reviews of all these films on my letterboxd.



Films 626 - 677

626. The Hurt Locker (2008, Kathryn Bigelow)

627. Across the Universe (2007, Julie Taymor) - gif below

628. The Beguiled (2017, Sofia Coppola)

629. Bergman: a year in a life (2018, Jane Magnusson)

630. Discontent (1916, Allen G Siegler/Lois Weber)

631. The Cruel Mother (1906, Alice Guy-Blaché)

632. Mary Queen of Scots (2018, Josie Rourke)

633. Faust et Méphistophélès (1903, Alice Guy-Blaché)

634. Five O'Clock Tea (1905, Alice Guy-Blaché)

635. A Fool and his Money (1912, Alice Guy-Blaché)

636. Girl in the Arm-Chair (1912, Alice Guy-Blaché)

637. The Girl Spy Before Vicksburg (1910, Sidney Olcott & Gene Gauntier)

638. Greater Love Hath No Man (1911, Alice Guy-Blaché)

639. Here Before (2021, Stacey Gregg)

640. I Shot Andy Warhol (1996, Mary Harron)

641. Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child (2010, Tamra Davis)

642. Jumpin' Jack Flash (1986, Penny Marshall)

643. Jumbo (2020, Zoé Wittock) - pictured top left

644. The Kindergarten Teacher (2018, Sara Colangelo)

645. A Love Song for Latasha (2019, Sophia Nahli Allison)

646. The Last Supper (1995, Stacy Title)

647. Lucy and Desi (2022, Amy Poehler)

648. Mr Jones (2019, Agnieszka Holland)

649. Midwife to the Upper Classes (1902, Alice Guy-Blaché )

650. North Country (2005, Niki Caro)

651. Our Father (2022, Lucie Jourdan)

652. Prince of Muck (2021, Cindy Jansen)

653. Peasant Women of Ryazan (1927, Olga Preobrazhenskaya) - pictured above right

654. Pierrette's Escapades (1900, Alice Guy-Blaché)

655. The Queen of Fear (2018, Valeria Bertuccelli/Fabiana Tiscornia)

656. Ruby Sparks (2012, Jonathan Dayton/Valerie Faris)

657. Re-enchantment: The Hidden Meanings of Fairy Tales (2014, Sarah Gibson)

658. Bergman Island (2022, Mia Hansen-Løve)

659. Le Roi des Aulnes (1931, Marie-Louise Iribe)

660. Risk (2016, Laura Poitras)

661. Serpentine Dance by Mme. Bob Walter (1897, Alice Guy Blaché)

662. Surprise Attack on a House at Daybreak (1898, Alice Guy Blaché)

663. Shchors (1939, Yuliya Solntseva/Alexander Dovzhenko)

664. The Tinder Swindler (2022, Felicity Morris)

665. Take the Lead (2006, Liz Friedlander)

666. Unbound - Scenes from the Life of Mary Shelley (2013, Abigail Child)

667. United States of Distraction (2020, Huff/Roth/Martin/Higdon)

668. Voyage en Espagne (1905, Alice Guy-Blaché)

669. Working Girls (1931, Dorothy Arzner)

670. We The Tiny House People (2012, Kirsten Dirksen)

671. White Water (1924, Nell Shipman & Bert Van Tuyle)

672. Wonderful Absinthe (1899, Alice Guy-Blaché)

673. Young@Heart (2007, Sally George/Stephen Walker)

674. Zero Fucks Given (2021, Emmanuel Marre/Julie Lecoustre)

675. Step Up (2006, Anne Fletcher)

676. Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012, Lorene Scafaria)

677. Queen of Diamonds (1991, Nina Menkes)

All you need are great films directed by women, and of course love!


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