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The Prevalence of Female Editors in the Film Industry

It may be that the film industry is still dominated by men, but one of the few aspects of movie-making which has always been open to women is editing. This article could delve into why women became so prevalent in the editing room at a time when most women were not even in the workforce, relegated instead to subservient domesticated roles.

This could also examine the influence female film editors have exerted through the decades — encompassing the work of Anne V. Coates (ranging from "Lawrence of Arabia" (1962) to this year’s "Fifty Shades of Grey" and the films of Martin Scorsese’s frequent collaborator Thelma Schoonmaker.

  • I was not aware of the role women play in editing. Perhaps, the writer can include films that have won awards which women edited. Furthermore, compare the statistics of women editors to directors and see if there is an explanation for this contrast you speak of. Thanks – Venus Echos 6 years ago
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  • Margaret Booth was the first - https://wfpp.cdrs.columbia.edu/essay/cutting-women/ The documentary "The Cutting Room Floor" shows the history of editing very well, though more as a overall history, but still a good resource. – Tecohen0 6 years ago
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