Germaine Dulac

By Maryann De Julio

Germaine Dulac
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  • ISBN: 9780719077944
  • Publish Date: Aug 2022
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
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  • ISBN: 9781526107541
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    One of the few women pioneers of cinema and a committed feminist, Germaine Dulac strongly believed that the public had a role to play in shaping the history of cinema and the kinds of films that filmmakers could make. This book draws on a wealth of archival material - both films and writing - to study Dulac's 'behind the scenes' work on filmmaking and her social/political activism in the field of cinema. The biographical and historical introduction contextualises Dulac's situation at the heart of the avant-garde. Three chapters organise her films and career around the kinds of cinema that she promoted: 'psychological', 'pure' and 'documentary'. The conclusion contrasts Dulac's contributions with those of Alice Guy Blaché, another early woman film pioneer, highlighting their differing paths to recognition.


    1 Impressionist cinema: the 'psychological films'
    2 Avant-garde cinema: pure cinema and dada/surrealist films
    3 Documentary cinema: France-Actualités and beyond


    Maryann De Julio is Professor of French at Kent State University

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