In response to a comment from Dave M. on my first post, here's my list of "Great Representations of Femininity in Cinema."
L'Avventura (1960, Michealangelo Antonioni)
Waitress (2007, Adrienne Shelly)
Hiroshima Mon'Amour (1959, Alain Resnais)
Another Woman (1990, Woody Allen)
Steel Magnolias (1989, Herbert Ross)
The Virgin Suicides (1999, Sofia Coppola)
The Passion of Anna (1969, Ingmar Bergman)
10. Funny Ha Ha (2002, Andrew Bujalski)
9. Broken Flowers (2005, Jim Jarmusch)
8. Suspicion (1941, Alfred Hitchcock)
7. Hannah & Her Sisters (1986, Woody Allen)
6. Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975, Peter Weir)
5. Mirror (1975, Andrei Tarkovsky)
4. Nights of Cabiria (1957, Federico Fellini)
3. Belle de Jour (1969, Luis Bunuel)
2. Breaking the Waves (1996, Lars Von Trier)
1. A Woman Under the Influence (1974, John Cassavetes)
And of course, this whole list could've been made up entirely of films by Yasujiro Ozu. I watched Tokyo Twilight last night, and am now heartbroken.
Although they are men, I think Fellini and Cassavetes were both quite feminine directors generally, so if you're looking for femininity in cinema, that's where I'd point to first.
I would've liked to include Bergman's Persona, but in order to do that I think I'd be making a claim to having some conscious understanding of what it's even about, so I left it out.
Anyone have films to add? Or take away?