Women Filmmakers: Refocusing / Edition 1

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What difference does it make when a woman wields the camera? Has the gender issue been eclipsed by questions of race and class? Does feminist theory still make a contribution to practice? This wide-ranging volume of new work brings together women filmmakers and critics who speak about what has changed over the past twenty years. Including such filmmakers as Margarethe von Trotta, Deepa Mehta, and Pratibha Marmar, and such critics as E. Ann Kaplan, this comprehensive volume addresses political, artistic, and economic questions vital to understanding the relationship of women to the art and business of filmmaking.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415967822
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/28/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 512
  • Sales rank: 1,268,828
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Jacqueline Levitin is a filmmaker who teaches women's studies at Simon Fraser University. Judith Plessis is Director of Language Programs and Services at the University of British Columbia. Valerie Raoul is a professor of French at the University of British Columbia.

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Table of Contents

Refocusing: Talking about (and with) Women Filmmakers 3
Women, Film, Resistance: Changing Paradigms 15
Refocusing Authorship in Women's Filmmaking 29
Women Filmmakers and the Avant-Garde: From Dulac to Duras 38
Cinefeminism in Its Middle Ages, or "Please, Please, Please Give Me Back My Pleasure": The 1990s Work of Sally Potter, Chantal Akerman, and Yvonne Rainer 51
Helma Sanders Brahms: An Introduction 65
Interview and Excerpts from a Master Class with Helma Sanders Brahms 71
The Personal and the Political: Interview with Margarethe von Trotta 78
Changing Identity: Margarethe von Trotta's The Second Awakening of Christa Klages 84
Agnieszka Holland: Continuity, the Self, and Artistic Vision 96
The Dancing Body: Sally Potter as a Feminist Auteure 108
The Vanishing Healer in Doris Dorrie's Nobody Loves Me 119
Women Directors and Genre Films in France 127
Mainstreaming the Margins in France: Three Films au Feminin 138
Lina Wertmuller: The Grotesque in Seven Beauties 151
Agnieszka Holland, Barbara Sass, and Dorota Kedzierzawska in the World of Male Polish Filmmaking 167
The Films of Helke Misselwitz: Reconstructing Gender and Identity in the Former GDR 180
"Cinema des Copines" and an Interview with Patricia Plattner 188
Making Feature Films: Panel Discussion with Helma Sanders Brahms (Germany), Caroline Eades (France), Patricia Plattner (Switzerland), and Anne Wheeler (Canada) 199
Making Documentary Films: Panel discussion with Nicole Giguere, Brenda Longfellow, Loretta Todd, and Aerlyn Weissman 208
Beyond Tradition and Modernity: Representations of Identity in Two Kenyan Films 219
Shuhaimi Baba and the Malaysian New Wave: Negotiating the Recuperation of Malay Custom (Adat) 229
Representation of Women in the Films of Maria Luisa Bemberg 239
Temporality and Identity in Sara Gomez's Documentaries 249
Sprung from Sisterhood: Interview with Yue-Qing Yang on Making Nu Shu: A Hidden Language of Women in China 264
An Introduction to Deepa Mehta: Making Films in Canada and India 273
Excerpts from a Master Class with Deepa Mehta 284
The Post of Colonial in the Works of Pratibha Parmar: Kiss My Chuddies 291
Interview and Excerpts from a Master Class with Pratibha Parmar 297
Documentaries Made in India: Raman Mann and Patricia Plattner 311
Women of Maghrebi Origin in Recent Films from France 323
Katinka Heyns: Questioning Afrikaans Culture 330
Making Novia que te vea: Interview with Guita Schyfter 342
Beyond the Homeland: Latino-Canadian Film and the Work of Marilu Mallet and Claudia Morgado 347
Women Filmmakers in Quebec: Documentaries (Nicole Giguere) and Feature Films (Jocelyne Denault) 373
Querying/Queering Stereotypes: Interview with Carole Ducharme on Making Straight from the Suburbs 386
Shadow and Light: First Nations Women Filmmakers 394
Unsettling the West: First Nations Films in British Columbia 403
Leaving Gender Aside: The Legacy of Studio D? 418
The Gender of the Gaze in Cinematography: A Woman with a Movie Camera 433
Selected Film Sources 447
Select Bibliography 455
Notes on Contributors 473
About the Editors 477
Index 479
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