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Without Lying Down: Frances Marion and the Power of Women in Hollywood

Without Lying Down: Frances Marion and the Power of Women in Hollywood (2001)

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Though there may have been an unofficial glass ceiling for most women in the motion picture industry of the 1920s and 1930s, for many years the most successful and highest-paid screenwriter in Hollywood was a former actress named Frances Marion. Born in 1899, Marion entered the fledgling movie industry in the pre-WWI years. After a few nominal leading-lady roles, she turned to writing rather than appearing in films, her talents nurtured by another female film pioneer, superstar Mary Pickford.


Documentary, Television

Mar 11, 2003

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Without Lying Down is the perfect sort of Hollywood History Lesson: it's succinct, fascinating and obviously crafted with a lot of admiration for the woman at hand.

April 1, 2003 Full Review Source:

A very informative documentary for anyone interested in the early days of movies, and for film historians in particular.

March 29, 2003 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
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Audience Reviews for Without Lying Down: Frances Marion and the Power of Women in Hollywood

My local library had a DVD of this doc with the 1917 film The Little Princess as a bonus feature. A worthwhile documentary! I don't know much about the earliest days of the movie industry in Hollywood and was not aware of all of the work that Frances Marion accomplished, though as it turns out I have seen some movies she wrote. As the film states, historians are like archaeologists excavating all this forgotten history about women's roles and power in the infant film industry. Thurman narrates, Bates speaks Marion's words from her book and diary, and several women in the film business today share their respect for Marion's work and their observations about working in Hollywood now seventy years later. And of course with TCM involved there are lots of great stills and clips preserving Hollywood in the teens, twenties, and thirties.
May 6, 2009

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