Script Girls: Women Writers in Hollywood

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Tracing the history of women in the screenwriting profession-from Gene Gauntier's 1911 version of Ben Hur to Callie Khouri's Thelma and Louise-Francke look sat the lives and fortunes of the women who put pen to screen.
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Tracing the history of women in the screenwriting profession-from Gene Gauntier's 1911 version of Ben Hur to Callie Khouri's Thelma and Louise-Francke look sat the lives and fortunes of the women who put pen to screen.
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Gordon Flagg
The stereotypical Hollywood screenwriter is a smugly macho male pounding away at his typewriter. Yet women have been writing screenplays since the beginning of the silent era. Francke shows how, as the industry grew, screenwriting became virtually the only area in which a woman could play a significant role. In documenting Hollywood's early female scenarists, she touches on such prominent figures as Anita Loos and Dorothy Parker but concentrates on dozens of hitherto unsung heroines. Her account of female writers' current status is more compelling than that of the earlier days, thanks to interviews with Nora Ephron and other contemporaries. Francke's survey also points out how badly women have fared in other areas of the industry, on screen as well as off. But if "Writers are the women of the film industry," as a Hollywood figure once observed to indicate the lowly status of screenwriters, then women writers would seem to be the lowest of the low. Still, Francke describes her book as celebratory rather than as a catalog of discrimination, and it does detail the extensive contributions female screenwriters, facing daunting obstacles, have made.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780851704777
  • Publisher: BFI Publishing
  • Publication date: 12/1/1994
  • Pages: 192

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 'No finer calling for a woman': The Silent Era 5
2 The Golden Ghetto: Working for the Studios in the 1930s and 1940s 29
3 Girl Talk: Writing the Women's Picture 45
4 Taking More Control 55
5 Writing it Like a Man 71
6 Feminism Comes to Hollywood 86
7 Chipping Away in the Blockbuster Era 98
8 Some Current Case-studies 105
Epilogue: Hollywood's Year of the Woman and After 137
Select Bibliography 143
Select Filmography 145
Index 165
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