The Modern Amazons : Warrior Women on Screen documents the public's seemingly insatiable fascination with the warrior woman archetype in film and on television.
The book examines the cautious beginnings of new roles for women in the late fifties, the rapid development of female action leads during the burgeoning second-wave feminist movement in the late sixties and seventies, and the present-day onslaught of female action characters now leaping from page to screen.
The book itself is organised into chapters that group women warriors into sub-genres, e.g., classic Amazons like Xena Warrior Princess and the women of the Conan films; superheroes and their arch-enemies such as Wonder Woman, Batgirl, and Catwoman; revenge films such as the Kill Bill movies; Sexploitation and Blaxploitation films such as Coffy and the Ilsa trilogy; Hong Kong cinema and warriors like Angela Mao, Cynthia Rothrock, and Zhang Ziyi; sci-fi warriors from Star Trek, Blade Runner, and Star Wars; supersleuths and spies like the Avengers and Charlie's Angels; and gothic warriors such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Kate Beckinsale in Underworld and Van Helsing.
In addition, the book is lavishly illustrated with over 400 photos of these popular-culture icons in action, interesting articles and sidebars about themes, trends, weapons, style, and trivia, as well as a complete filmography of more than 150 titles.
About the Authors
Dominique Mainon is a writer/researcher, martial arts aficionado, guerrilla artist, and producer for an independent film company.
James Ursini is author, co-author, or co-editor of over twenty books on film history, inc. The Vampire Film and The Film Noir Reader series (published by Limelight).
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 1st March 2006
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 19.0 x 2.6
Weight (kg): 1.184