Dorothy Arzner

Field, Allyson Nadia

With a film career spanning from 1919 to 1943, fifteen years of which were spent as a director, Dorothy Arzner remains the most prolific woman studio director in the history of American cinema. She has received significant scholarly attention from feminist film critics and queer theorists who have been interested in this pioneer filmmaker both for her body of work and for the critical possibilities suggested by feminist approaches to reading that work as a whole.


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Women Film Pioneers Project
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October 15, 2019


The bibliography was updated in December 2022.