- Format: eBook
- ISBN: 978-1-5261-0754-1
- Publisher: Manchester University Press
- Published Date: July 2022
- BIC Category: Film Studies, Europe, Individual film directors, film-makers, Film history, theory & criticism, PERFORMING ARTS / Individual Director, PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / History & Criticism, LITERARY CRITICISM / European / General, France, The arts / Individual film directors, film-makers, The arts / Film theory & criticism, Literature & literary studies / Literature: history & criticism
- Series: French Film Directors Series
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