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Seven Women-Seven Sins
1987, 101 minutes, Color, 16mm/DVD, Subtitled
Order No. W99017
What constitutes a deadly sin today? Seven of the world’s best-known women directors produce their own version of celluloid sin in this omnibus film. Helke Sander (THE GERMANS AND THEIR MEN) reverses GLUTTONY with her vision of Eve forcing her apples into the hands of a reluctant Adam. Bette Gordon (VARIETY, EMPTY SUITCASES) finds GREED during a fight in the ladies’ room of a luxury hotel over a lottery ticket. Strangers reply to director Maxi Cohen’s ad in a newspaper to share their litanies in ANGER. Award-winning director, Chantal Akerman, battles to overcome her SLOTH in order to complete her film, while Valie Export (INVISIBLE ADVERSARIES) strips bare notions of the skin trade in LUST. ENVY turns into murder in Laurence Gavron’s take on vice, and Ulrike Ottinger, whose work includes JOHANNA D'ARC OF MONGOLIA, illustrates PRIDE with a fantastical collage of allegory and images. SEVEN WOMEN - SEVEN SINS is the perfect introduction for those new to the world of women’s filmmaking and an interesting study in styles for those already familiar with the work of these seven innovative directors.

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Montreal Festival du Nouveau Cinema, Best Short Film for "Anger"
Tokyo Video Festival, Award of Special Distinction for "Anger"

  • Rotterdam Film Festival
  • Toronto Int'l Film Festival
  • Museo Reina Sofia
  • American Film Institute Festival, Los Angeles

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    "As a survey of women's cinema and an examination of modern conceptions of sin, it's got to be seen."
    Kay Armatage
    Toronto Festival of Festivals

    "A version of the seven vices that is livelier and more varied than any until now."
    Annette Michelson
    New York University

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WMM offers film collections on a variety of specific subject areas, including the collections VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN: Ending the Silence, BODY IMAGE, and AFRICAN-AMERICAN: Celebrate the Lives of African-American Women.

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