Women Screenwriters Today: Their Lives and Words (Google eBook)

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 176 pages
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The question of whether women write from a unique perspective has been debated since the silent era. McCreadie examines how this female sensibility has been defined and whether, in fact, it exists at all. Such films as "Lost in Translation" and "Monster" suggest that women screenwriters are moving in a new direction, heading away from the big-budget action movies that dominate Hollywood today. But action-driven genre films, like the thrillers of Alexandra Seros, seem to belie the perception that women write films that are more dialogue- and character-driven than those of male screenwriters. Whether or not women actually write differently from men and about different topics, the author's unique approach--working with and through the words and lives of the women screenwriters themselves--allows both readers and writers an otherwise unattainable look into the ever-growing and ever more essential world of women in Hollywood.

Over the course of cinematic history, women screenwriters have played an essential role in the creation of the films we watch. The question of whether women write from a unique perspective has been debated since the silent era. Marsha McCreadie examines how this female sensibility has been defined and questions whether, in fact, it exists at all. The emergence of such films as "Lost in Translation" and "Monster" would seem to suggest that women screenwriters are moving in a new direction, heading away from the big-budget action movies that dominate Hollywood today. But there can always be found an Alexandra Seros, for instance, whose thrillers would seem to prove the opposite case. Working through these contradictions, Marsha McCreadie takes a captivating look at the words and lives of women screenwriters, allowing readers an otherwise unattainable look into the ever-growing and ever more essential world of women in film.

Readers interested in film and women's studies will especially enjoy reading Marsha McCreadie's discussions of such films as "Little Women, The Thomas Crown Affair, The Piano, Pollock, " and "Under the Tuscan Sun." Interviews with major women players in the movie business, including Sofia Coppola ("Lost in Translation") and Emma Thompson ("Sense and Sensibility"), allow readers a unique chance to learn firsthand how women are trying to enter the business, how they pursue and approach the topics they love, and how they have managed to survive and prosper in the unforgiving world of modern cinema. By talking with writers working in Hollywood, Australia, New Zealand, and Europe, Marsha McCreadie provides film fans with an international perspective on the increasingly global film industry.

  

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Contents

The Film of Sensibility
1
How They Got and Stayed In
19
CHAPTER THREE The New Professionals
39
Women Writers Stretching and Bending the Film Form
53
CHAPTER FIVE Adaptation
73
Finding a Perch Having Their Say
89
Moving between Film and Television
105
A Better Fit for Women?
117
CHAPTER NINE The View from Abroad
133
CHAPTER TEN Conclusion
145
Brief Biographies of Women Screenwriters
151
Notes
165
Selected Bibliography
169
Index
173
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About the author (2006)

MARSHA McCREADIE has written about women and film throughout her career as a professor at Rutgers University and as a film critic at the Arizona Republic. She has published numerous reviews and essays for such publications as Films in Review, American Film, Premiere, The New York Times, and The Los Angeles Times, and is the author of three books on women and film, one of which, Women on Film: The Critical Eye, won the Dartmouth College Award for Best Dramatic Criticism and the Choice Outstanding Book Award for 1983.

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