A female director would more likely make films that relate to the female population rather than making films from the male point of view for women.
👍👍👍Really appreciate your thoughtful and eloquent comments, Alpha. And I just wanted to add some historical context to them, if you don't mind.One of the very first and most prolific directors in the world was Alice Guy-Blache, who wrote, produced, acted in, and directed around a thousand films from 1895 to 1920. After her came the nearly equally prolific Lois Webber, who wrote, produced, acted in, and directed about 400 films from 1911 to 1934.Other female directors in the silent era included Mabel Normand, Lillian Gish, Mary Pickford, and Dorothy Arzner in Hollywood; Anna Hofman-Uddgren in Sweden; Elvira Notari, Italy’s first and most prolific female filmmaker; Tressie Souders, the first African-American female director in recorded history, who worked outside of Hollywood but sadly had a brief career; Germaine Dulac, a French pioneering surrealist filmmaker who paved the way for French neorealism; Fatma Begum, India’s first female director, and a pioneer of special effects and the fantasy genre.But back to Hollywood now: It's commonly acknowledged that once men realized there was money to be made in the new medium of narrative films, female directors were relegated to behind the camera roles, writing, editing, etc. 'Twas a pity, indeed, because the impact of the contributions to the development of the art form by those early women directors was enormous and profoundly consequential.
If it is, good to see you again. I just returned to this board after a long absence and decided to take a peek at this site, given my history in directing. I'm sorry I never read your post above before. It's so beautiful, eloquent, and wise.Never give up hope, my friend. The times they are a changing, bit by bit. More women are directing in Hollywood than ever before, though admittedly they are still a long way from having parity with men. But it's an improvement, and I think it will get better and better as time goes on (this is especially true in television these days).In the end, directing is not man's work or woman's work; rather it's an artist's work. And that work, in my opinion and the opinion of so many other directors I know, is gender free. I think more and more people are starting to realize that, and the end it will set everyone free.(Let's not forget that George Cukor made some great "women's" films, while Katherine Bigelow has made a couple of great war films. All in a days work, depending upon what the needs of the script are and where your artistic leanings lie.)