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Women vs Hollywood: The Fall and Rise of Women in Film
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Women vs Hollywood: The Fall and Rise of Women in Film (Hardback)

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The dawn of cinema was a free-for-all, and there were women who forged ahead in many areas of filmmaking. Early pioneers like Dorothy Azner (who invented the boom mic, among other innovations) and Alice Guy-Blache shaped the way films are made. But it wasn't long before these talented women were pushed aside and their contributions written out of film history. How and why did this happen?



Hollywood was born just over a century ago, at a time of huge forward motion for women's rights, yet it came to embody the same old sexist standards. Women found themselves fighting a system that feeds on their talent, creativity and beauty but refuses to pay them the same respect as their male contemporaries -- until now...



The tide has finally begun to turn. A new generation of women, both in front of and behind the camera, are making waves in the industry and are now shaping some of the biggest films to hit our screens. There is plenty of work still needed before we can even come close to gender equality in film -- but we're finally headed in the right direction.



In Women vs Hollywood: The Fall and Rise of Women in Film, Empire's 'geek queen' Helen O'Hara takes a closer look at the pioneering and talented women of Hollywood and their work in film since Hollywood began. Equal representation in film matters because it both reflects and influences wider societal gender norms. In understanding how women were largely written out of Hollywood's own origin story, and how the films we watch are put together, we can finally see how to put an end to a picture that is so deeply unequal -- and discover a multitude of stories out there just waiting to be told.

Film, TV & DramaFilms, cinemaFilm theory & criticismHistory & PoliticsHistory: specific events & topicsSocial & cultural historyLGBT & Gender StudiesGender studiesGender studies: womenPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSocial groupsPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSocial issues & processesFeminism & feminist theory Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group Publication Date: 18/02/2021 ISBN-13: 9781472144430  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Helen O'Hara has been working as a film journalist for over fifteen years. She started off on the staff of Empire magazine, the world's biggest film magazine, and is now an author and freelancer. During that time, she has developed as a film reviewer, interviewer and features writer. She remains Empire's Editor-at-Large and a key figure on the Empire Podcast, which reaches about 60,000 listeners a week. In addition, O'Hara now writes for I, Telegraph, Grazia, Time Out and Stylist. Helen is also a regular speaker for organisations like The Barbican and the BFI, and broadcast widely on TV and radio, especially on the BBC and Sky. O'Hara has built a reputation for engaged, enthusiastic film commentary with an emphasis on mainstream Hollywood filmmaking and a feminist angle.

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