The ’80s and ’90s brought welcome advances for female filmmakers. But would the bias that produced the term “chick flick” remain? (Shown: A screen shot from Mira Nair’s 1991 film “Mississippi Masala.”)
Those who emerged between 1966 and 1983 challenged the prevailing image of the central hero and marginal heroine by creating a "countercinema."
Hollywood’s gender gap is most apparent with regard to female filmmakers, but their prospects weren’t always as bad as they are today. (Part 1 of our five-part series.)