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Summary: In the early 1900s, not long after the first movie camera was developed, women were part of the filmmaking business. In the 1920s, as films became big business, it became harder for women to direct films. Luckily, that never stopped these ten women, who worked tirelessly to find great stories and produce wonderful films. This is a collection of biographies about filmmaking pioneers. It also serves as a nice history of filmmaking.
Type of Reading: family reading; independent reading
Recommended Age: read together: 9 to 12; read yourself: 13 and up
Adult Reader Reaction: This is an incredibly informative book. The biographies are well written and offer wonderful insight into the lives of the women filmmakers, as well as great details about the early days of producing films and how filmmaking evolved as a profession. What I loved most was that the book features women of all backgrounds from all over the world.
Pros: Movie lovers and non-experts alike will enjoy reading this collection of fascinating stories.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. Whether you have a casual or serious interest in movies, this is a fascinating book.
Educational Themes: There is a lot to explore in this concise volume. The biographies are excellent, and it would be interesting to contrast and compare the experiences of these directors by decade/generation. You will learn a lot about film-making (a woman invented the boom microphone) and the business of making movies.