The face on the cutting-room floor: women editors in the French cinema of the 1930s

Reynolds, Siân
March 1998
Labour History Review (Maney Publishing);Spring98, Vol. 63 Issue 1, p66
Academic Journal
This article concentrates on a particular group of film professionals of classic French cinema. Taking the broader view though, the French cinema industry as a whole employed many women, chiefly in low-grade positions. Like other developing industries of the 1920s and 1930s, it drew on the semi-skilled process worker, in this case for developing and printing. A statistical report on workers in the French film industry in 1936 showed that processors far outnumbered any other category, and that the great majority of these were women. There were a tiny minority of women screenwriters, musical score writers and costume designers in the 1920s and 1930s, but the only production professions where the number of women was significant were those of continuity and film editing.


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