In this week’s Wednesday 5, a new “Reconstructionists” project celebrates trailblazing women, the French film Amour keeps making headlines for its simple yet powerful story of love, the Sundance Film Festival shows some more love to women directors, we remember architecture critic Ada Louise Huxtable, and we offer a list of funny women writers who are still with us.

 

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The Reconstructionists: A Yearlong Celebration of History’s Remarkable Women

thereconstructionistsBlogger Maria Popova at BrainPickings.org has co-launched a fabulous new project: The Reconstructionists—”a yearlong celebration of remarkable women across art, science, and literature, both famous and esoteric, who have changed the way we define ourselves as a culture and live our lives as individuals of any gender.” Each Monday Popova and her partner, artist Lisa Congdon, will roll out an illustrated portrait, a hand-lettered quote, and a short essay about these remarkable women. Already featured are writers Anaïs Nin and Gertrude Stein, artist Agnes Martin, and inventor/actor Hedy Lamarr.

 

 

 

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A Film About Amour

Teju Cole of The New Yorker writes of Amour, the French-language film directed by Michael Haneke and starring the 85-year-old French actress Emmanuelle Riva.

 ”[I]t is undoubtedly the kind of film that will find its viewers, and that will long continue to trouble them in the right ways. For hours after I saw it and, intermittently, for days afterwards, I could not shake the world and truths it conveyed.”

The film details what happens to an elderly couple living in Paris as they confront  the aftermath of the wife’s devastating stroke. It has already won best film of 2012 at the National Society of Film Critics and the Palme d’Or at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. Perhaps Oscars are next?

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Amour (2012) Trailer

 

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Sundance: Female Directors Poised to Make Their Mark

Speaking of Cannes, last year the Cannes Film Festival’s Palme D’Or selections received criticism over its lack of female directors. This year, the Sundance Film Festival took note, and for the first time, hosts an equal number of male and female directors in its 16-film U.S. Dramatic Competition category. Progress! Those women include Lynn Shelton for Touchy Feely, Liz Garcia for The Lifeguard, Francesca Gregorini for Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes, Lake Bell for In a World, and Stacie Passon for Concussion. For the details on the female directors and their films, click here.

 

 

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Remembering Architect Ada Louise Huxtable

“Any city gets what it admires, will pay for, and, ultimately, deserves . . . We want and deserve tin-can architecture in a tinhorn culture. And we will probably be judged not by the monuments we build but by those we have destroyed.”— Ada Louise Huxtable, “Farewell to Penn Station,” The New York Times, 10/30/1963.

adaThe New York Times called her the “champion of liveable architecture” and the “dean of American architectural criticism.” Ada Louise Huxtable passed away this week at the age of 91. Her myriad accomplishments include: architecture critic for The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, recipient of the Pulitzer Prize—the first ever awarded for criticism—in 1970, and author of 11 books. While she lived through an era of vast rebuilding and renewal, Huxtable remained a staunch advocate of preservation, most recently harshly criticizing the New York Public Library for its plans for the historic Bryant Park/42nd Street location.

Read more at Architect Magazine.

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Funny Women

List maker Flavorwire has come up with another list, albeit, incomplete, of 10 of Our Funniest Living Authors. Included are Caitlin Moran, Helen Fielding, and Fran Lebowitz. For your weekly dose of laughter, we share with you a Fran Lebowitz gem that we dug up from the web. It is excerpted from her documentary Public Speaking, directed by Martin Scorsese. Lebowitz tells us, “I believe in revenge. I don’t believe in forgiveness.”

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