Chick Flicks: Theories and Memories of the Feminist Film Movement

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Duke University Press, 1998 - Performing Arts - 419 pages
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If there was a moment during the sixties, seventies, or eighties that changed the history of the women's film movement, B. Ruby Rich was there. Part journalistic chronicle, part memoir, and 100% pure cultural historical odyssey, Chick Flicks--with its definitive, the-way-it-was collection of essays--captures the birth and growth of feminist film as no other book has done.

For over three decades Rich has been one of the most important voices in feminist film criticism. Her presence at film festivals (such as Sundance, where she is a member of the selection committee), her film reviews in the Village Voice, Elle, Out, and the Advocate, and her commentaries on the public radio program "The World" have secured her a place as a central figure in the remarkable history of what she deems "cinefeminism." In the hope that a new generation of feminist film culture might be revitalized by reclaiming its own history, Rich introduces each essay with an autobiographical prologue that describes the intellectual, political, and personal moments from which the work arose. Travel, softball, sex, and voodoo all somehow fit into a book that includes classic Rich articles covering such topics as the antiporn movement, the films of Yvonne Rainer, a Julie Christie visit to Washington, and the historically evocative film Maedchen in Uniform. The result is a volume that traces the development not only of women's involvement in cinema but of one of its key players as well.

The first book-length work from Rich--whose stature and influence in the world of film criticism and theory continue to grow--Chick Flicks exposes unexplored routes and forgotten byways of a past that's recent enough to be remembered and far away enough to be memorable.

  

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This was one of the best books I read in college. It's also signed by the author who came to do a talk. Ah, Women & Gender Studies degree. Read full review

Contents

Found It at the Movies
7
Carolee Schneemanns Fuses
27
The Deceptive Myth
40
Prologue An Iguana Some Wolves and the Dawn of Theory
57
Prologue O Brave New World
85
Prologue A Womans Declaration of Secession from
103
Prologue Loves Labor Lost
116
The Films of Yvonne Rainer
129
Prologue KnokkeHeist and the Fury That Was Edinburgh
156
Chantal Akerman
169
Prologue Softball the Goddess and Lesbian Film Culture
207
Prologue The Allure of Alchemy
220
Prologue Sour Grapes
233
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About the author (1998)

B. Ruby Rich is Professor of Film and Digital Media at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She has written for scores of publications, from Signs, GLQ, Film Quarterly, and Cinema Journal to The New York Times, The Village Voice, The Nation, and The Guardian (UK). She has served as juror and curator for the Sundance and Toronto International Film Festivals and for major festivals in Germany, Mexico, Australia, and Cuba. The recipient of awards from Yale University, the Society for Cinema and Media Studies, and Frameline, Rich is the author of Chick Flicks: Theories and Memories of the Feminist Film Movement, also published by Duke University Press.

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