A Year With Women: What I Learned Only Watching Films Directed By Women in 2015
So it is the first day of 2016, which means we’ve bid adieu to 2015. For me, that means I’ve completed A Year With Women. During the entire year of 2015, all the films I watched – from new releases, new-to-me, and re-watches – were directed or co-directed by women, with the exception of the TCM Classic Film Festival (it was impossible!) and Noirvember (all films watched had female writers). Normally, I would write this post and talk about a few films I really loved from the year and maybe a theme I noticed in my viewing habits. This year that theme is pretty obvious: women! I’ve kept pretty good notes, so after the cut I’m going to go through the year, both in terms of what I watched, as well as the big news stories related to female directors in 2015. I’m also going to talk a bit about my favorite new-to-me film of the year, because some traditions must stand!
A Year With Women: March 2015 in Films
March was an interesting month. I didn’t see very many films on the big screen directed by women, but I did see quite a few films on the big screen! That is, because of the TCM Classic Film Festival, I took a bit of a moratorium from A Year With Women. I go to TCMFF every year and I just couldn’t skip it. That said, this month’s favorites will include a least one film not written or directed by a woman. I also managed to watch quite a few films that I didn’t really care for (one that I loved so much it’s ridiculous!) As always, a full list of the films I watched in March can be found after the cut.
Movie Quote of the Day – Mansfield Park, 1999 (dir. Patricia Rozema)
Henry Crawford: Fanny, you have created sensations which my heart has never known before.
Fanny Price: Please.
Henry Crawford: There is only one happiness in life: to love and be loved.
Fanny Price: Mr. Crawford, do not speak nonsense.
Henry Crawford: Nonsense?
Fanny Price: You are such a fine speaker that I’m afraid you may actually end in convincing yourself.
Henry Crawford: Fanny. You are killing me.
Fanny Price: No man dies of love but on the stage, Mr. Crawford.