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Source:  The Hollywood Reporter

Moufida Tlatli? Kinuyo Tanaka? Yuliya Solntseva? If those names aren’t familiar to you, Mark Cousins’ epic, “Women Make Film: A New Road Movie Through Cinema” is here to fill in some blanks about those all-but-forgotten directors and dozens more.

The documentary sets itself up as a course in film basics in which all the examples are drawn from work by women. The approach succeeds well enough, even if it feels a bit stunt-like.

The film’s real value is calling attention to so many underappreciated directors. And its international focus — with movies from China, India, Iran, and beyond — suggests how myopic our Western view of film canon has become.

Narrated by Tilda Swinton in a near whisper, this four-hour installment is the first with another 12 hours to come.

Cousins, the prolific documentarian and film historian (“Eyes of Orson Welles”) takes his educational role seriously.

“Women Make Film” is broken into topic-oriented chapters, many as lucid as “Openings,” “Tracking” and “Framing,” and some as loosey-goosey as “Believability” (as if that’s an objective standard that can be nailed down).

Read the story at The Hollywood Reporter.

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