*After realizing his “Essential List of Films for Filmmakers” didn’t contain any films directed by women, Spike Lee revised his to include seven more films.
His new list included Italian filmmaker Lena Wertmuller who appeared four times. She appeared more than any other director including Alfred Hitchcock, John Huston, Federico Fellini, and Stanley Kubrick.
Lee notes in his revised list that “many of you informed me” about the omission of female directors.
“Thank you for that coat pulling,” he wrote.
Lee, who also teaches at New York University, posted the list as part of the successful Kickstarter campaign for his next film, which he’s described as being about “Human beings who are addicted to Blood. Funny, Sexy and Bloody. A new kind of love story (and not a remake of “Blacula”).”
Indiewire noted pointed out that even with the revisions, woman still directed only 6.44 percent of the films on Lee’s list. Nine percent of the top 250 movies at the domestic box office last year came from female directors, and that number has historically been much lower.
Here are the seven new films on the list:
“The Piano,” Jane Campion (1993)
“Daughters of the Dust,” Julie Dash (1991)
“The Hurt Locker,” Kathryn Bigelow (2008)
“The Seduction of Mimi,” Lina Wertmuller (1972)
“Love and Anarchy,” Lina Wertmuller (1973)
“Swept Away,” Lina Wertmuller (1974)
“Seven Beauties,” Lina Wertmuller (1975)