Directed by Dorothy Arzner

Directed by Dorothy Arzner

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Dorothy Arzner was the exception in Hollywood film history - the one woman who succeeded as a director, in a career that spanned three decades. In Part One, Dorothy Arzner's film career her work as a film editor to her directorial debut, to her departure from Hollywood in 1943 is documented, with particular attention to Arzner's roles as "star-maker" and "woman's director." In Part Two, Mayne analyzes a number of Arzner's films and discusses how feminist preoccupations shape them, from the women's communities central to "Dance, Girl, Dance" and "The Wild Party" to critiques of the heterosexual couple in "Christopher Strong" and "Craig's Wife". Part Three treats Arzner's lesbianism and the role that desire between women played in her career, her life, and her films.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 154 x 228 x 18mm | 399.99g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 62 b&w photos
  • 0253208963
  • 9780253208965
  • 1,466,948

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This is the first full-length study of the woman who has always been the exception in Hollywood film history-the one woman who succeeded as a director, in a career that spanned three decades.show more

About Judith Mayne

JUDITH MAYNE, Professor of French and Women's Studies at Ohio State University, is the author of Cinema and Spectatorship, The Woman at the Keyhole, Kino and the Woman Question: Feminism and Soviet Silent Film, and Private Novels, Public Films.show more

Table of contents

Acknowledgments Introduction Part I The Cinderella Girl of the Movies 1. Apprenticeship 2. Successes and Failures 3. The Independent 4. After Hollywood Part II Films for Women Made by Women 5. Working Girls 6. Odd Couples 7. Dance, Girls, Dance Part III Girl Director Sets New Standards of Beauty 8. Looking for Dorothy Conclusion: Lesbian Detection Notes Filmography Indexshow more

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"It is the first major study of Arzner's work since 1975 and, considering the depth of Mayne's research, will be the landmark study for many to come." - Lambda Book Report " ... brilliant and lively reading ... " - Feminist Boookstore News " ... displays an interpretive subtlety that does justice to Arzner's films themselves." - The Lesbian Review of Books " ... brilliantly written and constructed ... " - Gay Times "[Mayne explores] in fascinating detail how Arzner succeeded in becoming a director, how her films reflected a distinct sensibility and set of life experiences, and how she was portrayed in the popular media." - Steven Mintz, H-Net Book Reviewshow more

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