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Film and Media Studies


An in-depth analysis of five female film directors from four different countries: France, Germany, Italy, and the United States. Critical readings are provided of their films, discussing how each of these women support, challenge, or defy gender stereotypes, and how they represent women in society. Analysis is offered of how their films and female characters are significant to women's work in the film industry, and how their messages on gender identity and gender stereotypes challenged the societies in which they lived, or live.