Spike Lee, a very accomplished New York film director and NYU professor, has spent a substantial part of this summer promoting a Kickstarter campaign he'd launched to crowdsource a $1,250,000 budget for his vaguely defined next movie. (On Friday, his $1.25-million goal was met.) One of the ways he'd drummed up publicity for the project was by releasing the academic list of essential movies he considers "the greatest films ever made," a slugsheet of cinematic titles he'd routinely hand out on the first day of class, which we published here.
Film nerds (and Gawker commenters) seemed to enjoy perusing what the Do the Right Thing director considered part of the historical canon. But there was one considerable absence in Lee's list: Men directed all of his 87 choices. Had no women made essential films in the history of moving pictures?
To his credit, Lee acknowledged this oversight. "Thank You For That Coat Pulling," he wrote in an update posted today to his Kickstarter-project's blog, along with a revised list that now includes seven female-directed titles. His additions:
The Piano, Jane Campion (1993)
Daughters of the Dust, Julie Dash (1991)
The Hurt Locker, Kathryn Bigelow (2008)
The Seduction of Mimi, Lina Wertmuller (1972)
Love and Anarchy, Lina Wertmuller (1973)
Swept Away, Lina Wertmuller (1974)
Seven Beauties, Lina Wertmuller (1975)
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