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Pink-slipped : what happened to women in the silent film industries?

Author: Jane Gaines
Publisher: Urbana : University of Illinois Press, [2018]
Series: Women and film history international.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Women held more positions of power in the silent film era than at any other time in American motion picture history. Marion Leonard broke from acting to cofound a feature film company. Gene Gauntier, the face of Kalem Films, also wrote the first script of Ben-Hur . Helen Holmes choreographed her own breathtaking on-camera stunt work. Yet they and the other pioneering filmmaking women vanished from memory. Using  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jane Gaines
ISBN: 9780252041815 025204181X 9780252083433 0252083431
OCLC Number: 1005759989
Description: xii, 306 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm.
Contents: Introduction : what Gertrude Stein wonders about historians --
What happened to women in the silent U.S. film industry? --
Where was Antonia Dickson? : the peculiarity of historical time --
More fictions : did Alice Guy Blaché make La fée aux choux (The cabbage fairy)? --
Object lessons : the ideology of historical loss and restoration --
The melodrama theory of historical time --
Are they "just like us"? --
Working in the dream factory --
The world export of the "voice of the home" --
Conclusion : women made redundant.
Series Title: Women and film history international.
Responsibility: Jane M. Gaines.

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"Women held more positions of power in the silent film era than at any other time in American motion picture history. Marion Leonard broke from acting to cofound a feature film company. Gene Gauntier, the face of Kalem Films, also wrote the first script of Ben-Hur . Helen Holmes choreographed her own breathtaking on-camera stunt work. Yet they and the other pioneering filmmaking women vanished from memory. Using individual careers as a point of departure, Jane Gaines charts how women first fell out of the limelight and then out of the film history itself. A more perplexing event cemented their obscurity: the failure of 1970s feminist historiography to rediscover them. Gaines examines how it happened against a backdrop of feminist theory and her own meditation on the limits that historiography imposes on scholars. Pondering how silent era women have become absent in the abstract while present in reality, Gaines sees a need for a theory of these artists' pasts that relates their aspirations to those of contemporary women. A bold journey through history and memory, Pink-Slipped pursues the still-elusive fate of the influential women in the early years of film."--

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"Jane Gaines has been our great pioneer of feminist film history, blazing a trail into the neglected terrain of women filmmakers, particularly during the silent era. In this complex new work she Read more...

 
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