Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Hollywood Heroines: The Most Influential Women in Film History

Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Hollywood Heroines: The Most Influential Women in Film History

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Hollywood Heroines: The Most Influential Women in Film History. Edited by Laura L. S. Bauer. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood, 2018. 407 pages. Acid-free $94 (ISBN 978-14408-3648-0). Ebook available (978-1-4408-3649-7), call for pricing.

Covering film history from the silent era to the present day, Laura L. S. Bauer (doctoral student in Claremont College's English department) and a team of scholars and industry professionals have created a timely and valuable resource that "highlights the contributions exceptional women have made throughout the history of Hollywood cinema in every major occupation of filmmaking" (xiv).

The table of contents includes entries on actresses, casting directors, cinematographers, costume designers, directors, editors, writers, producers, studio heads, and other varied specialty occupations within the motion picture industry. Entries focus on the professional lives of the women; primarily on the quality and impact of the work these women performed and the historical contexts in which they existed. A bonus feature is the incisive interviews of contemporary women who have made their mark in their respective fields. These reflections regarding the inner workings of the motion picture industry touch on issues of gender inequality, racism, and ageism, as well as the personal satisfaction of making a difference in an industry still dominated by a white male power structure. …

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