The Heroine with a Thousand Faces

Film critic and essayist Molly Haskell once said, "The real future for women in film is the independent female filmmaker." While independent film has provided opportunities for women to portray more complex, contoured characters, the first question in most discussion of women's roles in film remains, "Why are we still having this discussion?" Why do only a handful of women have the opportunity to work with substantial roles in mainstream film, which remains stuck in the paradigm of "vehicle" films, genre stereotypes, and the slim roster of actresses who can "open" a move. We've invited moderator Molly Haskell and three of the most talented women in film to discuss their work and the choices they've made, as well as the relationship between film and feminism, and their impressions of how women's roles have changed over the years.


Molly Haskell
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