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Cinema and the Second Sex

Cinema and the Second Sex: Women's Filmmaking in France in the 1980s and 1990s

by Carrie Tarr

Carrie Tarr, Senior Research Fellow at Thames Valley University, UK with Brigitte Rollet, Lecturer in French Cinema and Literature at Portsmouth University, UK Carrie Tarr, Senior Research Fellow at Thames Valley University, UK Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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and Brigitte Rollet

Brigitte Rollet, Lecturer in French Cinema and Literature at Portsmouth University, UK --This text refers to the Paperback edition. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Academic, 2016
  • DOI:
    10.5040/9781501340260
  • ISBN:
    9781501340260 (online)

    9781474290784 (epdf)

    9781474290777 (hardback)
  • Edition:
    First Edition
  • Place of Publication:
    London
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Women's film-making in France is a source of both delight and despair. On the one hand, the numbers are impressive--during the period in question, over 250 feature-length films were made by over 100 women directors in France. On the other hand, despite the heritage of French feminism, French women directors characteristically disclaim their gender as a sigificant factor in their filmaking.This incisive study provides an informative, critical guide to this major body of work, exploring the boundaries between personal films (intimate psychological dramas relating to key stages in life) and genre films (which demonstrate women's ability to appropriate and rework popular genres). It analyzes the effects of "postfeminism," women's desire to enter the mainstream, and the recent impact of a new generation of filmakers. It thus enables readers for the first time to take stock of the wealth and diversity of women's contribution to French cinema during the 1980s and 1990s.