Bite-sized blog post: Dorothy Arzner

Dorothy Arzner

After returning home from the first World War  where she worked in the ambulance corps DOROTHY ARZNER decided against medical studies and chose to pursue a career in film directing. She began her career as a writer and editor at Paramount Pictures and eventually leveraged her success in those arenas by telling the powers that be at Paramount if they didn’t give her a directing opportunity she would move to rival studio Columbia.

Paramount gave her Fashions for Women (1927)  to direct which was a financial success and led to her being the only woman working as a director in the studio system at the time.

Tying a microphone to a pole during a scene in an attempt to get better sound she invented what is now known as the boom!

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Where to watch her films:




Read more about her:
Directed by Dorothy Arzner by Judith Mayne

Columbia University Women Film Pioneers Project
Dorothy Arzner is the focus of a retrospective by UCLA Film and Television Archive
Sense of Cinema
Sophisticated: The Hollywood Story of Miss Dorothy Arzner

FILMOGRAPHY (from imdb):

 1937The Last of Mrs. Cheyney (uncredited)
 1930Galas de la Paramount (sequence director)
 1930Behind the Make-Up (uncredited)
 1922Blood and Sand (additional footage, uncredited)

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