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Dorothy Arzner is the focus of a retrospective by UCLA Film and Television Archive

Dorothy Arzner is the focus of a retrospective by UCLA Film and Television Archive

If you know anything about the history of American film, you know the name Dorothy Arzner. And no wonder. Called by one scholar "the most prolific woman studio director in the history of American cinema," Arzner directed 16 Hollywood features in a career that lasted from 1920s silent films through 1940s World War II dramas. But that's not all. Arzner was the first female member of the Directors Guild of America, is often credited with the invention of the boom microphone, shot 50 Pepsi commercials with Joan Crawford and even had Francis Ford Coppola as one of her graduate students when she taught filmmaking at UCLA (she died in 1979). SIGN UP for the free Indie Focus...

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