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The Woman at the Keyhole: Feminism and Women's Cinema

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"[The Woman at the Keyhole is one] of the most significant contributions to feminist film theory sin ce the 1970s." --SubStance

..". this intelligent, eminently readable volume puts women's filmmaking on the main stage.... serves at once as introduction and original contribution to the debates structuring the field. Erudite but never obscure, effectively argued but not pole
Paperback, 272 pages
Published December 1st 1990 by Indiana University Press (first published 1990)
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I didn't find this book entirely useful... It was a great introduction to films and filmmakers I was unfamiliar with, but I was left unsatisfied with much of Maynes' discussions. I would have liked her points to be more elaborated and more clear. The book wasn't difficult, but strangely hard to follow. I wish she would have elaborated more on her theories of the screen and her theories of desire. I think this book tries to juggle too many ideas and is left diluted in the wake of its ambition.
Oct 29, 2008 Greta rated it it was ok
Tries to critique some of the feminist film theory as oversimplified, but still remains pretty confused. Some thoughts on “primitive cinema.” A chapter on Arzner, some on Deren and Dulac, a lot on modern women filmmakers, which I skipped. Seems obsessed with Uncle Josh at the Moving Picture Show. Guess I’m too dumb for this book.
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