|MÄDCHEN IN UNIFORM
|Meshes of the Afternoon
|Maya Deren, Alexander Hackenschmied
|BILDNIS EINER TRINKERIN
|Chibusa yo eien nare
|One Way or Another
|Zeinabu irene Davis
|The Beaches of Agnès
MÄDCHEN IN UNIFORM
The lost lesbian classic which could have heralded a golden era of queer cinema if fascism hadn’t cut the moment short.
Meshes of the Afternoon
A phenomenally influential experimental milestone, an unsolvable mystery which never ceases to fascinate.
Kathleen Collins's only feature, which was forgotten for decades before being restored and released a few years ago, is a missing link in US indie cinema history.
BILDNIS EINER TRINKERIN
A witty, wonderful, wildly imaginative queer feminist odyssey. I watched it for the first time open mouthed, wondering why no one had ever told me that films like this existed.
A haunting character study of a middle aged female pilot struggling to find her place in peacetime which deserves to be celebrated as a classic of Soviet cinema.
Funny, warm and richly compelling, Lizzie Borden’s dramady offers both compelling entertainment and revelatory reflections on capitalism, sex work and feminism.
Chibusa yo eien nare
So rich, so surprising, a breath-taking melodrama that is also extraordinarily frank about illness and the female body.
One Way or Another
A fascinating glimpse of revolutionary Cuba through a subversive and playful feminist lens, from a filmmaker taken much too soon.
A revelatory piece of work which reframes US history through African American and d/Deaf lenses, and in doing so creates something entirely unique.
The Beaches of Agnès
The crowning glory of a brilliant career, a deeply emotional celebration of a legend.
Narrowing down the whole history of cinema to 100 “great” films is clearly an impossible task, so for my list I’ve abandoned any pretence of objectivity. My list is a political list, a protest against the canon’s longstanding tendency to ignore films made by female/minority-gender filmmakers. Each of these films is great in my opinion, for many reasons, but this is a list compiled based on gut rather than any kind of faux systematic criteria. On first watch, every one of these provoked huge emotions in me – pleasure, hope, regret and loss. Every one of these films symbolises to me a lost future, a direction cinema might have travelled, had circumstances been different. What would the canon look like if fascism hadn’t cut short the queer Weimar film scene? Or if Kathleen Collins and Sara Gomez had lived long enough to make more than one great feature? My list therefore is a celebration both of the greatness that has been, and the greatness that could have been. Great cinema for me means revelation, wonder and possibility. By this criteria I feel every film here can be richly celebrated as one of the greatest.