Terry’s Picks: Ellen Burstyn & Dorothy Arzner Retrospectives


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ANTICIPATING: the retrospectives of two amazing female figures in film. Though Dorothy Arzner’s career retrospective will take place in Spain at the San Sebastian Film Festival, we’ll be able to catch Ellen Burstyn’s nine film retrospective at BAMcinematek in Brooklyn (with the actress herself slated to appear on May 3). Arzner was a prolific film director and the first female member of the DGA. Burstyn is, as IndieWire points out, “one short of an EGOT,“ having won Emmy, Oscar and Tony awards.

EXCITED ABOUT: the slew of possibilities, as prominent cultural critics and writers respond to the news of David Letterman’s impending retirement with calls for a female host. Here are great opinions from Slate and The Daily Beast, as well as a few suggestions by Emily Nussbaum of The New Yorker.

RELISHING: this telling analysis by Walt Hickey of the financial consequences of female exclusion in Hollywood. Read it yourself at statistics expert Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight blog.

Terry Lawler is NYWIFT’s Executive Director. Tune in every Tuesday for her picks.

(Edited on April 9, 2014, at 12:31 am EST.)