People who love movies love movie trivia. It’s a great thrill — who won this Oscar, who was the first this or that to win that Oscar, who was uncredited for his work on X, what sly references did the director work in — to know the little arcana about moviemaking, like being able to peer into the codex of Hollywood magic.
And, both justly and unjustly, directors have been lifted up, by glowing and condescending press alike, into the position of the priesthood of this sacred order.
So here’s the question: can you name five female movie directors? Preferably off the top of your head.
And for the bonus question: can you name one great female director?
By great, I don’t mean somebody that’s a good director, or somebody who makes movies you adore. I mean somebody that’s had a lasting impact on the art or storytelling of moviemaking. (Examples: Kubrick’s influence on cinamatography; Hitchcock’s influence on how suspense stories are made and received.)
C’mon, give it a try.
(And yes, I have answers to both questions posed, which I’ll reveal later.)