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Women Filmmakers in Early Hollywood (Studies in Industry and Society) Women Filmmakers in Early Hollywood explores when, how, and why women were accepted as filmmakers in the s and why, by the s, those opportunities had disappeared In looking at the early film industry as an industry a place of work Mahar not only unravels the mystery of the disappearing female filmmaker but untangles the complicated relationship among gender, work culture, and business within modern industrial organizationsIn the early s, the film industry followed a theatrical model, fostering an egalitarian work culture in which everyone male and female helped behind the scenes in a variety of jobs In this culture women thrived in powerful, creative roles, especially as writers, directors, and producers By the end of that decade, however, mushrooming star salaries and skyrocketing movie budgets prompted the creation of the studio system As the movie industry remade itself in the image of a modern American business, the masculinization of filmmaking took rootMahar s study integrates feminist methodologies of examining the gendering of work with thorough historical scholarship of American industry and business culture Tracing the transformation of the film industry into a legitimate big business of the s, and explaining the fate of the female filmmaker during the silent era, Mahar demonstrates how industrial growth and change can unexpectedly open and close opportunities for women