As AFI releases its Tenth Anniversary 100 Greatest Films List, the Alliance of Women Film Journalists launches its first-ever Top 100 Films list on June 25, 2007.
Why another list? Consider this: AFI’s list began with 400 nominated titles, of which 4.5 were directed by women. Even allowing for the reality that film productions been dominated by men for most of the 20th century, that’s a miniscule percentage. And, women like Dorothy Arzner have been directing movies since there were movies to direct.
Is the perspective of women film journalists different from that of a mixed group of film-industry voters? You be the judge.
When AWFJ’s members were asked to nominate films, with no mandate or directive beyond choosing films they felt were works for the ages, the group honored a significantly greater number of films made by and/or about women.
AWFJ members annotate the list, indicating why each film was selected. For example, Maitland McDonagh applauds “Clueless,” that trendy teen spin off of Jane Austen’s “Emma,” as a “nimble comedy of manners that has brains and heart to match its bubbly good looks,” while Carrie Rickey calls Ingrid Bergman’s performance in “Notorious” her “most sensual ever” and Eleanor Ringel Gillespie praises Fernanda Montenego in “Central Station” as a world-class study of bitterness dissuaded, scorn swept away, possibility and optimism stumbled upon after too long an absence. And, find out which film Susan Wloszczyna says makes “The Devil Wears Prada” look like a knock off.
The list in its entirely will be posted on www.awfj.org on June 25.
The launch of AWFJs Top 100 Films List is sponsored by The Women’s Media Center, New York. Presenters at the invitation-only luncheon include WMC Director Carol Jenkins and AWFJ member Carrie Rickey, who initiated the project.
AWFJ, Inc. is a non-profit nationwide organization of 27 professional female movie critics, reporters and feature writers, working in print, broadcast and online media, who’ve come together to support work by and about women, in front of and behind the camera. AWFJ conducts outreach programs, intra-group promotional activities and presents the annual EDA Awards, in recognition of outstanding accomplishments (both the best and the worst) by and about women in film.
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