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FANTASTIC FEMALE FILMMAKERS (The Women's Hall of Fame Series)

Author: Suzanne Simoni

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Publisher: Second Story Press,

Material: paperback

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

Interest Level: 10 and up

Reading Level: 8.6

Age of Child: Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™

Young Reader Reaction: Review pending.

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.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. Whether you have a casual or serious interest in movies, this is a fascinating book.

If You Liked This Book, Try: 100 AMERICAN WOMEN WHO SHAPED AMERICAN HISTORY   GIRLS WHO GREW UP GREAT; A BOOK OF ENCOURAGEMENT FOR GIRLS ABOUT AMAZING WOMEN WHO DARED TO DREAM   AMELIA EARHART: YOUNG AIR PIONEER (Young Patriot Series)

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.

Notes: Flesch Kincaid reading level 8.6

Literary Categories: Nonfiction - family, middle grade, biography, performing arts, jobs

Date(s) Reviewed: November 2008

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