Dipartimento di Musica e Spettacolo - CONFERENZE, Women and the Silent Screen Conference

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A Studio of Her Own: Women Producers at First National, 1918 - 1928
Hugh Munro Neely

Last modified: 2010-05-12


In 1917, a group of American film exhibitors formed First National, a film company that sought to subvert the growing power of studios like Paramount Pictures by directly financing motion pictures produced by top-name stars. One of the results of this venture was an explosion of the number of women who were credited with producing their own pictures. Mary Pickford, Anita Stewart, Olga Petrova, Katherine MacDonald, Constance and Norma Talmadge, and others, created production companies under their own names, and rented or built the studios required to make their films. Not all these actresses proved effective producers, but the overall success of this approach made First National the most woman-friendly studio of the silent era. 

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