Women's film-making in France is a source of both delight and despair. On the one hand, the numbers are impressive--during the period in question, over 250 feature-length films were made by over 100 women directors in France. On the other hand, despite the heritage of French feminism, French women directors characteristically disclaim their gender as a sigificant factor in their filmaking.This incisive study provides an informative, critical guide to this major body of work, exploring the boundaries between personal films (intimate psychological dramas relating to key stages in life) and genre films (which demonstrate women's ability to appropriate and rework popular genres). It analyzes the effects of "postfeminism," women's desire to enter the mainstream, and the recent impact of a new generation of filmakers. It thus enables readers for the first time to take stock of the wealth and diversity of women's contribution to French cinema during the 1980s and 1990s.
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Table of Contents
Part One: Personal Films1. Growing up2. The Age of Possibilities3. Couples4. Families5. Work, Art and CitizenshipPart Two: Genre Films6. Comedies7. Crime Dramas8. Road Movies9. Historical FilmsConclusionFilmography: Films Directed by Women, 1980-2000BibliographyIndex