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Women on film

In the 1920s, women were the pioneers of cinema criticism. So why are there so few female film critics in Britain today?

By Rebecca Davies   July 2008

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Ask most people to describe a stereotypical film critic, and they’re likely to come up with a white, middle-aged, middle-class geek, perhaps scruffily chic, invariably wearing glasses. But one assumption nearly everyone will share is that their critic will be male. This is hardly surprising, given that the majority of today’s film critics are in fact men.

It wasn’t always so. Many of the first writers to treat film as something worth reviewing were women. Take, for instance, Lotte Eisner, Germany’s first eminent film critic, who began writing reviews for the magazine Film-Kurier in 1927 and…

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