Lois Weber: The Director Who Lost Her Way in History

Lois Weber: The Director Who Lost Her Way in History

by Anthony Slide
     
 

ISBN-10: 0313299455

ISBN-13: 9780313299452

Pub. Date: 09/30/1996

Publisher: ABC-Clio, LLC

A major contribution to film scholarship and women's studies, this is the first critical biography of America's first native-born female director. It fully documents the career of Lois Weber as a director from 1908 through 1934 and notes the impressive number of short subjects and feature films that she made. Largely forgotten and often maligned, Lois Weber

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A major contribution to film scholarship and women's studies, this is the first critical biography of America's first native-born female director. It fully documents the career of Lois Weber as a director from 1908 through 1934 and notes the impressive number of short subjects and feature films that she made. Largely forgotten and often maligned, Lois Weber has received scant attention in recent years, yet this study points out that she was one of the cinema's genuine auteurs, not only directing, but also writing and often starring in her films. She was one of the first committed filmmakers who utilized the motion picture to express her views on subjects as varied as birth control, abortion, capital punishment, hypocrisy, and racial intolerance. Lois Weber's career is an extraordinary one, arguably unsurpassed by any other woman director before or since. Acclaimed film historian Anthony Slide presents us with an important reminder of the role women played in the American silent film industry and places Weber's preeminence in film history.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313299452
Publisher:
ABC-Clio, LLC
Publication date:
09/30/1996
Series:
Contributions to the Study of Popular Culture Series, #54
Pages:
194
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 5.50(h) x 0.56(d)
Lexile:
1390L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

A Place in History
Early Years
The Missionary
The Beginning of a Career
The Director as Screenwriter
Controversy
The Dumb Girl of Portici
Independence
A Decade of Uncertainty
The End
General Bibliography
Primary Bibliography
Filmography
Index

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