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Celebrating Women Directors: Girlfriends

Celebrating Women Directors: Girlfriends
Few women had the opportunity to direct and release their films theatrically in the ‘70s and ‘80s. But the ones who did, even briefly, blazed the trail for future female directors.
Released in 1978, GIRLFRIENDS is a landmark film by Claudia Weill about two young women in New York City diverging on their paths for career and marriage. Stanley Kubrick thought this intelligent and well-made independent film should have had greater success than it did. In 2019, Weill’s debut feature was selected to be preserved by the Library of Congress’s National Film Registry for its cultural significance.

In this class, we’ll discuss the landscape of independent filmmaking for women in the 1970s and learn more about this influential director. We’ll explore themes of self-discovery, independence, and adulthood.

This course will be taught by Jenny Lee whose previous MMU Friday afternoon classes include Stagecoach (John Ford), The Earrings of Madame De (Max Ophuls), and La Grande Illusion (Jean Renoir).
Class size will be limited to 18.
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