Short Review of Foster'sWomen Film Directors, 1995

Foster, Gwendolyn Audrey.
Women Film Directors:
An International Bio-Critical Dictionary.

Greenwood. 1995. c.394p. permanent paper. bibliog. index. LC 95-7395. ISBN 0-313-28972-7. $76. REF
This important work compiles a significant amount of otherwise difficult-to-find information on women filmmakers working in all countries and all contexts, whether mainstream, independent, or experimental/avante-garde. The introduction, which gives generous consideration to a wide range of scholarly contributions, is an excellent synthesis of writing in English on women directors. Following are alphabetical entries of over 200 bibliographic references to interviews and filmographies that would have been more useful with the inclusion of running time, place, and production company. The considerable amount of critical commentary that Foster (English, Univ. of Nebraska) includes is an amalgam of secondary-source opinion and Foster's own viewing of a wide sampling of the films. The only other reference work in this area is The Women's Companion to International Film (LJ 10/1/94), which contains shorter entries on a wider range of subjects. Public and academic libraries with any interest in film will want to acquire both titles, as they will appeal to all types of readers. -- Jane Sloan, Rutgers Univ. Libs., New Brunswick N.J

From Library Journal/Oct. 15, 1995, p. 54.


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