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The Heroines of Cinema Are Braver Than Me (Les héroïnes de cinéma sont plus courageuses que moi)

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Original Language: French | 192 pp. | February 2018

2 Seas represents: Dutch, Nordic, and North American rights.

FICTION | CINEMA

(Le Rouergue)

Twenty-three stories of women and cinema, viewed from a feminist and politically engaged perspective. Guillaume Guéraud offers us his own personal history of cinema through portraits of 23 heroines, most of whom are little-known. We retrace the story of cinema, from its birth in 1895 to the present day, focusing primarily on France and the United States, but taking in other countries as well and exploring a range of genres. What all of these heroines, whether actresses or characters, and whether famous, virtually unknown or altogether forgotten, have in common is their political engagement and/or their force of character.

The book is structured into 23 vignettes which are a blend of literature and documentary: although they are based on fact, the author partly fictionalises these stories and shares his own personal insights to create an original history of cinema with a political and feminist dimension.