Liberating Hollywood

Liberating Hollywood

Women Directors and the Feminist Reform of 1970s American Cinema

Book - 2019
Rate this:
"Liberating Hollywood examines the relationship between the feminist movement and Hollywood during the 1960s and 1970s, specifically as it pertained to the hiring practices and creative output of women directors. The 1970s was a crucial decade for women directors in Hollywood as it marked a period of significant increase in their employment statistics compared to previous decades. Between the early 1930s and up until the mid-1960s, there were only two women filmmakers in Hollywood: Dorothy Arnzer and Ida Lupino. Smukler's research shows that between 1966-1980 there were an estimated fifteen women making feature films in Hollywood and in the adjacent independent film communities. Liberating Hollywood proposes several important points of investigation: How did the employment of a creative population, paralyzed by forty years of institutionalized sexism, slowly begin to increase? How did the political struggles of the civil rights and feminist movements within the United States impact Hollywood? Who were the fifteen women, the films they made and the production communities in which they worked? By answering these questions, Liberating Hollywood will play a key role in making complete the subject of American film history by highlighting the standout, yet unknown, legacy of women directors during the 1960s and 1970s"--
Publisher: New Brunswick, New Jersey : Rutgers University Press, [2019]
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780813587486
Branch Call Number: 791.4 SMUKLER
Characteristics: vii, 351 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment

There are no comments for this title yet.


Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number


Subject Headings


Find it at SMPL

To Top