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  • Tags: Women and Power

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The Countess (2009), written, directed, produced, and starring French-American actor, Julie Delpy, tells the story of the seventeenth-century Hungarian countess Erzsébet Báthory, also known as the "Blood Countess." The movie begins with her…

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Directed by Marshall Herskovitz and released in 1998, Dangerous Beauty is a romance set in Renaissance Venice, with feminist tones, a strong leading lady, and an endless array of beautiful costumes and enchanting Venetian settings. Dangerous…

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Jeannette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc is a heavy metal musical (sprinkled throughout with some pop and hip hop songs) set during the early years of Joan of Arc’s life, before she left Domremy. The film was directed by French auteur film director…

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Cecil B. DeMille’s first feature-length epic is an exercise in equivocation. Joan the Woman (1916) attempts to tell the story of a woman whose chosen path in life is inherently defiant of the gender norms of both her time and that of the…

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Family drama abounds in the The Lion In Winter, in which King Henry II and his estranged wife, Eleanor of Aquitaine spar over which of their sons will inherit the English throne. The Lion in Winter was first a 1966 play written by James Goldman.…

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The Sorceress, or Le Moine et la Sorcière (“The Monk and the Sorceress”), is a French film released in 1987. It was written by historian Pamela Berger and directed by Suzanne Schiffman. The film takes place in thirteenth-century France and…

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Anchoress is a little-known film that explores one a significant expression of spiritual devotion—that of female anchorites—during the high middle ages. Directed by Chris Newby, the film was released in the United Kingdom in 1993 and received…

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The life and times of Hypatia, a Greek philosopher in fourth- and fifth-century Alexandria, Egypt, including a fictionalization of her scientific research undertaken during the religious turmoil of her day, concluding with her murder in 415.

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The trial of Joan of Arc, who was accused of heresy, her interrogation by Cauchon, bishop of Beauvais, and public execution in 1431.

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The life of nun St. Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179), centered on events concurrent with her visions and transition to a powerful leader in her community, particularly her mentorship of Richardis and her political maneuvering to relocate the convent…
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