THIS PIECE APPEARS IN THE SEMIPUBLIC INTELLECTUAL ISSUE OF THE LARB QUARTERLY JOURNAL, NO. 31.
Marsha Gordon is a professor of Film Studies at North Carolina State University. With the support of a National Humanities Center Fellowship and an NEH Public Scholar Award, she is writing a new book, Leftover Ladies: Ursula Parrott and the Reinvention of the Modern Woman. She is the author, most recently, of Film Is Like a Battleground: Sam Fuller’s War Movies (Oxford University Press, 2017) and co-editor of Screening Race in American Nontheatrical Film (Duke University Press, 2019).
Gordon and Grimm consider how the camerawoman fought for relevance and visibility in the days of early cinema and ask why we continue to forget her.