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Friday, January 11, 2013

You've Come a Long Way, Ladies?

NYT piece just posted by Carrie Rickey seems to celebrate the fact that female directors helmed 9% of the top 250 grossing films in 2012.   Yes, indeed, this is up from 5% the previous year, but down from 11% more than a decade ago.  This is progress?  (And we shall not mention Kathryn Bigelow.) It's actually worse than that if you consider that women directed 39% of those top documentaries--but only 5% of the narrative films.   Women are so few in these ranks the death of one, Nora Ephron, is viewed as a giant blow. 

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