An AWFJ Tribute to Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Not all cinema superheroines wear capes. In fact, one leader in the league of heroic women whose accomplishments are celebrated in cinema was the wearer of black robes and white lace collars, and she has been as much of a superheroine in real life as she has been on the screen. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died on September 18 at age 87, championed women’s rights for her entire career and leaves a legacy of progressive positive change in the United States. Her ethos and accomplishments have been celebrated in film.

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JOAN THE MAID 1 AND 2: THE BATTLES AND THE PRISONS – Review by Marilyn Ferdinand

French director Jacques Rivette’s acclaimed two-part, six-hour-long Joan the Maid 1 and 2: The Battles and The Prisons (1994) has been restored and released by Cohen Media Group, representing a huge improvement over the extant versions of the classic film, one of which cut the running time by two hours. Joan the Maid provides an accurate and complete version of a story known to many only in terms of fiery martyrdom. Rivette’s humanizing chronicle brings Joan back to life without disturbing her religious mystery.

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AWFJ’s REAL REEL WOMEN: Watch List For Women’s History Month

Released to celebrate Women’s History Month, AWFJ’s REAL REEL WOMEN List is an annotated roster of 50 fascinating real women whose lives are memorialized in narrative films. Since cinema’s earliest days, movies about iconic women pilots and poets, artists, actors, political activists, princesses and others from all walks of life have enthralled audiences, accrued awards and scored at the box office while influencing our social mores and enriching our cultural conversation. Read our REAL REEL WOMEN List and enjoy their stories on film.

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AWFJ REAL REEL WOMAN – Listed by Profession

AWFJ’s REAL REEL WOMEN List shows that women have done and can do everything—and do it well. As monarchs and newspaper moguls, designers and diplomats, artists, entertainers and scientists, these remarkable women have distinguished themselves far beyond the restrictions placed upon them by patriarchal societies. ​We list them by profession to emphasize the breadth of their accomplishments and to acknowledge the extent to which they and their work have influenced history and advanced human civilization.​

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AWFJ’s REAL REEL WOMEN List

Throughout cinema history, films by and about women have enthralled audiences, accrued awards and honors worldwide and scored at the box office while influencing out social social mores and enriching our cultural conversation. Released to celebrate Women’s History Month, AWFJ’s REAL REEL WOMEN List is an annotated roster of 50 fascinating real women whose true stories have been told in narrative features. We hope that reading about these princesses and pilots, artists and actors, poets and political activists will prompt you watch movies about them and to seek out and enjoy other current and classic films about other real women whose stories are memorialized in cinema.

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AWFJ REAL REEL WOMEN LIST – Film Titles By Decade

Some REAL REEL WOMEN have been celebrated and memorialized in numerous films, as perennial favorites. The highly dramatic story of Joan of Arc has been told successfully in eight films that illuminated the silver screen periodically from 1902 to 2018.  It’s interesting to compare the various versions to see how they reflect life at the time of their release.

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