Joan Crawford in Possessed (1931)
82 years later and it’s still relevant
A lot of people don’t realize that in the 1920’s women had major influence in films writing. It wasn’t until Hollywood became “big business” that men starting moving in and forcing women out. Filmmakers like Dorothy Arzner, Lois Weber and Ida Lupino wrote and directed some of the most influential movies ever seen dealing with issues such as adultery, rape and even partner sharing.
Francis Ford Coppola was one of Arzner’s pupils at UCLA.