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Gilbert and Gubar's The Madwoman in the Attic after Thirty Years
Annette R. Federico, Sandra M. Gilbert
Annette LaPointe
Third Girl from the Left - Martha Southgate -The ending made me cry.

-Three generations of African-American women and their relationships to Hollywood movies. We start, more or less, with Angela, in the middle, "the third girl from the left," tiny bit parts in blaxploitation flicks before she gives up; her mother Mildred had loved movies, and loved knowing how things worked when she was little, fascinated by machinery and projectors before gender and race expectations made her give them up; and Tamara, Angela's daughter, wants to be a director. From watcher to actor to director: love, and increasing control, and the personal and social constraints each woman has to fight against. Sometimes that means fighting each other.