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Without Lying Down: Frances Marion and the Power of Women in Hollywood

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"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 1915-1939, Frances Marion was one of the most powerful talents in the movie industry. In one of the most liberating eras for women in film, 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, Gable, Gish, Valentino, and Dressler brought her characters to life. Scripting such classics as The ChampPoor Little Rich GirlAnna ChristieMin and BillThe 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 actresses 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 Marion's movies align 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." A bonus feature on this DVD is the wonderful and rarely seen classic, A Little Princess starring Mary Pickford and ZaSu Pitts with a script by Frances Marion!

Without Lying Down. Directed by Bridget Terry. Written and Produced by Terry & Cari Beauchamp. Narrated by Uma Thurman and Kathy Bates as the voice of "Frances Marion." Executive Producer: Hugh M. Hefner in association with UCLA Film & Television Archive. Music by Glenn A. Jordan. Original Photography by Eric Anderson. Edited by Tamera Daugherty, Eve Gage. Based in part on Without Lying Down by Beauchamp. © 2000 Chaise Lounge Productions, LLC and UCLA Film and Television Archive.

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