The New York Times has film critic Molly Haskell write about film going now versus then, then being the 60s and 70s, really. It's a lovely article, and, for me, made lovelier by her mention of husband, Andrew Sarris, my favorite film critic. She writes that they met at a screening of "Les Bonnes Femmes," the 1960 Claude Chabrol film. Sarris, in the class I took with him at Columbia (International Film 1960-present), screened "Les Bonnes Femmes" and now I like think that his fondness for the film extends to the context he saw it in.
Read Molly Haskell's essay about The Women of Henry James
She also raves about women's roles in the past year's films in The Guardian
More about Andrew Sarris
Senses of Cinema piece about Claude Chabrol
"Les Bonnes Femmes" is on DVD, and it has the Chabrol trademarks of realism and brutality