Directed by Juleen Compton

Directed by Juleen Compton

2 Episodes

The two fiercely independent, idiosyncratic films made by Juleen Compton in the 1960s are vital works of bold, against-all-odds feminist art from a time when virtually no American women were afforded the opportunity to work in narrative feature filmmaking. Originally an actor who studied with Lee Strasberg, the free-spirited Compton self-financed STRANDED (in which she also stars) and THE PLASTIC DOME OF NORMA JEAN, allowing her complete creative freedom in bringing these stylistically freewheeling, New Wave–inspired stories about women’s struggles for self-determination to the screen. Legitimately liberated in both content and form, they reveal a titanic talent who, in a more just world, would have enjoyed a long and flourishing career behind the camera.

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Directed by Juleen Compton
  • Stranded

    Episode 1

    Directed by Juleen Compton • 1965 • United States
    Starring Juleen Compton, Gary Collins, Alkis Yannakas

    Working in Europe and the United States, Juleen Compton found inspiration in the rebel spirit and stylistic innovation of the French New Wave, creating complex characters in search of identity...

  • The Plastic Dome of Norma Jean

    Episode 2

    Directed by Juleen Compton • 1966 • United States
    Starring Sharon Henesy, Robert Gentry, Marco St. John

    The second of two singular independent films directed by Juleen Compton in the 1960s finds her forging a new cinematic language to explore the then uncommon theme of female agency. THE PLASTIC...