Women Film Directors: An International Bio-Critical Dictionary

Hardcover | November 1, 1995

byGwendolyn Audrey Foster

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Until now, there hasn't been one single-volume authoritative reference work on the history of women in film, highlighting nearly every woman filmmaker from the dawn of cinema including Alice Guy (France, 1896), Chantal Akerman (Belgium), Penny Marshall (U.S.), and Sally Potter (U.K.). Every effort has been made to include every kind of woman filmmaker: commercial and mainstream, avant-garde, and minority, and to give a complete cross-section of the work of these remarkable women. Scholars and students of film, popular culture, Women's Studies, and International Studies, as well as film buffs will learn much from this work. The Dictionary covers the careers of nearly 200 women filmmakers, giving vital statistics where available, listings of films directed by these women, and selected bibliographies for further reading. This is a one-volume, "one-stop" resource, a comprehensive, up-to-date guide that is absolutely essential for any course offering an overview or survey of women's cinema. It offers not only all available statistics, but critical evaluations of the filmmakers' work as well. In order to keep the length manageable, this volume focuses on women who direct fictional narrative films, with occasional forays into the area of the documentary and is limited to film production rather than video production.

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Until now, there hasn't been one single-volume authoritative reference work on the history of women in film, highlighting nearly every woman filmmaker from the dawn of cinema including Alice Guy (France, 1896), Chantal Akerman (Belgium), Penny Marshall (U.S.), and Sally Potter (U.K.). Every effort has been made to include every kind of...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:488 pages, 9.59 × 6.45 × 1.5 inPublished:November 1, 1995Publisher:GREENWOOD PRESS INC.

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ISBN - 10:0313289727

ISBN - 13:9780313289729

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?Foster describes this excellent reference book as 'the first of its kind, not a study of one aspect of women as filmmakers, but as a dictionary of women filmmakers, working in film to create new feminist visions of beauty and transcendent power'...The alphabetically arranged entries include women from 37 countries, from 1896 to 1910 (Gene Gaunteir and Alice Guy) to the present. For each director Foster provides a brief biography, discussion of important films, brief critical comments, and a selected filmography and bibliography. The clearly written, intelligent comments lean toward feminist interpretations of many of the films...This should be an indispensable volume for film and feminist studies collections.??Choice