WIDOW CLICQUOT (TIFF 2023) – Review by Kat Sachs

To be frank, a sexy period drama about the life, love and labor of one Widow Clicquot sounds like the stuff of a Drunk History sketch, in no small part because it centers on champagne production. Surprisingly, then, Widow Clicquot is a compelling and sleekly executed endeavor, as intriguing as it is sometimes platitudinous.

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COPA 71 (TIFF 2023) – Review by Kat Sachs

The film opens with two-time FIFA Women’s World Cup champion Brandi Chastain being handed an iPad. “That’s a massive stadium,” she says, observing the footage of a football match playing on screen. “It’s a men’s football match?” The realization dawns on her. “It’s women’s football. What? Okay, this is women’s football. What year was this?” A voice offscreen replies, “1971.” This approach ingeniously demonstrates not just the film’s premise, but the fact that even nowadays as we seek to rectify what’s been overlooked in the past, something so massive could still be unknown by so many. Through an effective merging of contextualization, rarely seen archival ephemera, and poignant interviews with those women who, for fifty years, had assumed their achievement was destined to be forgotten, Ramsay and Erskine have created a document as edifying as it is inspiring, one that will hopefully have more people asking, “What is Copa 71?”

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SPOTLIGHT February, 2022: Nina Menkes, Independent Filmmaker, Feminist Activist, Educator

Nina Menkes is a trailblazer of American independent cinema and a crucial voice in our current reckoning with the ways film—both as an industry and an art form—treats women. More importantly, few living filmmakers have created work so virtually unprecedented in its stark originality. Her oeuvre is ripe for rediscovery.

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Godard and Sound: Acoustic Innovation in the Late Films of Jean-Luc Godard — Book Review by Kathleen Sachs (Guest Post, Exclusive)

Albertine Fox does a fantastic job summarizing the book’s theoretical mission in the first chapter. The book is not only a good resource for the topic at hand; it also provides ‘mini-lessons’ on subjects with which readers may be unfamiliar. This reflects the author’s thoughtfulness—she doesn’t assume that everyone reading is familiar with every reference, and she elaborates in such a way that even those who are familiar will glean something new from how she connects the ideas to her own.

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