Lois Weber: The Director Who Lost Her Way in History (Contributions to the Study of Popular Culture)

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A major contribution to film scholarship and women's studies, this is the first critical biography of America's first native-born female director. It fully documents the career of Lois Weber as a director from 1908 through 1934 and notes the impressive number of short subjects and feature films that she made. Largely forgotten and often maligned, Lois Weber has received scant attention in recent years, yet this study points out that she was one of the cinema's genuine auteurs, not only directing, but also writing and often starring in her films. She was one of the first committed filmmakers who utilized the motion picture to express her views on subjects as varied as birth control, abortion, capital punishment, hypocrisy, and racial intolerance. Lois Weber's career is an extraordinary one, arguably unsurpassed by any other woman director before or since. Acclaimed film historian Anthony Slide presents us with an important reminder of the role women played in the American silent film industry and places Weber's preeminence in film history.

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Slide has written a very professional study of one of the great directors of the silent screen....Most useful to the researchers in film and in the history of ideas.

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ANTHONY SLIDE is the author or editor of more than 50 books on the history of popular entertainment. His works include Early American Cinema, The Films of D.W. Griffith (co-authored with Edward Wagenknecht), The American Film Industry: A Historical Dictionary (Greenwood, 1986), Nitrate Won't Wait: A History of Film Preservation in the United States, and The Encyclopedia of Vaudeville (Greenwood, 1994). His interest in women in film dates back to 1977, when he published Early Women Directors. He edited The Memoirs of Alice Guy Blache, and in 1993, he wrote, co-produced, and directed the feature-length documentary The Silent Feminists: America's First Women Directors. In 1990, Slide was awarded an honorary doctorate of letters by Bowling Green University.

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