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Liberating Hollywood: Women Directors and the Feminist Reform of 1970s American Cinema

Liberating Hollywood: Women Directors and the Feminist Reform of 1970s American Cinema

by Maya Montanez Smukler


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Winner of the 2018 Richard Wall Memorial Award​ from the Theater Library Association

Liberating Hollywood examines the professional experiences and creative output of women filmmakers during a unique moment in history when the social justice movements that defined the 1960s and 1970s challenged the enduring culture of sexism and racism in the U.S. film industry. Throughout the 1970s feminist reform efforts resulted in a noticeable rise in the number of women directors, yet at the same time the institutionalized sexism of Hollywood continued to create obstacles to closing the gender gap. Maya Montañez Smukler reveals that during this era there were an estimated sixteen women making independent and studio films: Penny Allen, Karen Arthur, Anne Bancroft, Joan Darling, Lee Grant, Barbara Loden, Elaine May, Barbara Peeters, Joan Rivers, Stephanie Rothman, Beverly Sebastian, Joan Micklin Silver, Joan Tewkesbury, Jane Wagner, Nancy Walker, and Claudia Weill. Drawing on interviews conducted by the author, Liberating Hollywood is the first study of women directors within the intersection of second wave feminism, civil rights legislation, and Hollywood to investigate the remarkable careers of these filmmakers during one of the most mythologized periods in American film history.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780813587479
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Publication date: 12/14/2018
Edition description: None
Pages: 364
Sales rank: 860,092
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 17 - 18 Years

About the Author

MAYA MONTAÑEZ. SMUKLER has worked as a research specialist for UCLA’s Film and Television Archive and is currently conducting oral histories for the visual history program at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science. She is an associate teaching professor in the School of Media Studies at The New School in New York. Her audio commentary is available on the Blu-ray of Elaine May’s film A New Leaf.

Table of Contents

1 Feminist Reform Comes to Hollywood
2 1970s Cultures of Production: Studio, Art House, and Exploitation
3 New Women: Women Directors and the 1970s New Woman Film
4 Radicalizing the Directors Guild of America
5 Desperately Seeking the Eighties: 1970s Perseverance Turns to 1980s Progress

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