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Without Lying Down (2000)
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Starring: Frances Marion, Kathy Bates, Uma Thurman
Director: Bridget Terry
Category: Documentary
Studio: Image Ent.
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Length:
118 mins

 
 

 

Frances Marion and the power of women in Hollywood

"I've spent my life searching for a man to look up to without lying down," - Frances Marion

And what a life it was! From 1915 to 1939, she was one of the most powerful talents in the movie industry. In one of the most liberating eras for women, she wrote more than 200 movies and was the world's highest paid screenwriter-man or woman.

Hollywood Moguls competed for her stories. Stars like Pickford, Garbo and Gable brought her characters to life. Scripting such classics as The Champ, Poor Little Rich Girl, Anna Christie, Min and Bill, The Big House, Camille and The Scarlet Letter, Marion became the first screenwriter to win two Oscars.

Now, Frances Marion's fascinating life and times come alive in this insightful documentary narrated by acclaimed actress Uma Thurman and Oscar-winner Kathy Bates-who gives voice to the screenwriter's own words taken from her letters, diaries and memoirs. Footage from more than twenty of Marions movies aligns with commentary by pre-eminent silent film historian Kevin Brownlow, critic Leonard Maltin and Marion's celebrated biographer, Cari Beauchamp. Interviews with current women filmmakers reflect on the legacy left to them by Marion and the pioneering women of early Hollywood who did it all Without Lying Down.