The silent feminists : America's first women directors

by Slide, Anthony,

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Mt. Lebanon Public Library Young Adult New Books YA 791.43 Sli
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A timely and captivating account of America's first women directors who, with little recognition, helped pave the way for females in the film industry today. Originally published in 1977 as Early Women Directors, Anthony Slide's The Silent Feminists was the first volume to recognize and honor the work of female directors in the American silent film industry. With a new foreword by the author, this invaluable resource documents these pioneering women's lives and careers and provides an introduction to the notable yet often overlooked history of female film directors. It introduces readers to such trailblazers of the motion picture as Alice Guy Blaché, Lois Weber, Mrs. Wallace Reid, Ida May Park, Margery Wilson, and many others. More than forty years after its original publication, The Silent Feminists remains an important and influential study, providing original documentation on a subject that has steadily and deservedly grown in significance.
Contents : Forward
Introduction : Rediscovering America's first women directors
1. Women and the American silent film industry
2. Alice Guy Blache
3. Lois Weber
4. The universal women
5. Vitagraph's women directors
6. Margery Wilson
7. Mrs. Wallace Reid
8. Frances Marion
9. Dorothy Arzner
10. An ever-increasing number
Appendix A "Woman's Place in Photoplay Production" by Alice Guy Blanché
Appendix B "The Motion-Picture Director" by Ida May Park

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Ages 16-adult. From 1896 to the advent of the "talkies," more than 30 women worked as directors in the American film industry. This tribute celebrates these pioneers, who were accepted and respected by their peers, who often shifted from acting or screenwriting to directing, or who directed in conjunction with or in the shadow of their husbands. Alice Blache's daughter speaks of her mother's groundbreaking career in France and the U.S., director Henry Hathaway reminisces about learning his craft from independent producer Lois Weber, and in one wonderful segment, actress Margery Wilson recalls running afoul of the brilliant but strong-minded Dorothy Arzner. Noting the number and variety of films these women produced, their directorial and thematic sensibilities, and the subsequent rise of the male-dominated studio system, this is an enlightening and respectful roster. A wonderful complement to Women Who Made the Movies [BKL Je 1 93] and Calling the Shots [BKL S 15 89]. --Irene Wood"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Women motion picture producers and directors -- United States -- History.
Motion picture producers and directors -- United States -- History.
Silent films -- History and criticism.
Publisher Lanham, Maryland :Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, Inc.,2022
Edition A Rowman & Littlefield edition, with a new foreword.
Other Titles Early women directors.
Contributors Slide, Anthony. Early women directors.
Language English
Notes Revised edition of "Early women directors", ©1977.
New foreword copyright ©2022 by Anthony Slide.
Description xxii, 160 pages, 16 pages of unnumbered plates : illustrations ; 22 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographic references (pages 147-151) and index.
ISBN 9781538165522
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