The Female Gaze Book Review from @kleffnotes

For women who love women on screen or women behind the camera, The Female Gaze by Alicia Malone acts as a list of essential films made by women. The genres may differ, but every movie in this book deserves to be discussed. Malone is working to grow the conversation connected to women in film and through this book she is allowing the voices and visions of women to be seen.

The title of this book immediately drew me in. The idea of the female gaze is not something that is often discussed in film, typically what I hear is tied back to how a film showcases women through the male gaze. Through her collection of mini essays Malone highlights works from as early as 1906 into the present. These include Dance, Girl, Dance, Seven Beauties, American Psycho, and even Bend It Like Beckham. If you are a movie buff this is a book you need to check out, even if you are typically focused on women in film.

This book is definitely an easy read and is the sort of book that you could just leave out for casual perusing. I could see anyone with even a passing interest in film finding something of interest in this book. Even if you are someone who just enjoys watching major blockbusters there are so many fun movies included in this book that there is really something for everyone. I really think this read will push anyone to grow their movie knowledge. You can get your copy of The Female Gaze today.

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