As a holiday exercise I looked at the Sight and Sound critic’s poll.
Of the 100 critics I identified 19 women’s names. For another 9 names I could not define gender.
I was curious to see if there was a definite trend in the women critics’ choices. At a cursory glance:
The Passion of Joan of Arc was mentioned by 4 critics
The Godfather, La Regle du Jeu, Vertigo, Cleo de 5 a 7, Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce,1080 Bruxelles were mentioned by three critics.
Singing in the Rain, Shoah, Do the Right Thing, Man with a Movie Camera, Through the Olive Trees, Brief Encounter, Citizen Kane, Au Hazard Balthazar, I Know Where I Am Going obtained two mentions each.
Does this mean anything? Well, the ratio of women to men is at the most 30% . It may be possible to extract more precise information about the films when the interactive list of 846 critics later this month is published online