Rosie the Riveter

The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter


Film Reviews




"One of the Ten Best films of the Year."
Film Comment, Village Voice


"Best Independent Feature of the Year."
American Film Magazine


"A classic movie. And an essential film in the annals of feminist history."
Karen Cooper, Film Forum


"The vivid personal accounts and powerful contemporary footage in this film provide a compelling account of women's labor during World War II, one that inspires classroom discussion about work, gender, race, patriotism, and the historical legacy of Rosie the Riveter. I have used this film in my classes for over 20 years and it is a classic documentary, as fresh today as when it was made."
Professor Estelle B. Freedman, Stanford University, author of No Turning Back: The History of Feminism and the Future of Women


"A valuable chapter in the history of working women. By mixing interviews, old photographs and some extraordinary newsreel footage, Connie Field has assembled and engrossing study of how women were brought into these jobs -- and how they were dismissed at the war's end...The women who are interviewed offer enlightening memories..."
Janel Maslin, The New York Times


"As an ex-punch press operator during World War II, I say 'hooray' for The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter, a movie that really shows the way we were. In only 65 minutes, Connie Field has miraculously compressed and examined the wartime experience of women workers with all its excitement, accomplishments, irritations, humor, sadness and bigotry overcome in a common purpose."
Judy Stone, The San Francisco Chronicle


"The most satisfying film of the week, offering a real experience for the money. The resilience, spirit and humour of Connie Field's indomitable heroines sends you out elated and loving them."
The London Times


"It is the rediscovery of a lost chapter of femine heroics; sets the record straight. It does so without self-pity. It is beautifully done."
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


"The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter is a marvelous film about war work -- the sanest, most forceful feminist documentary in recent years..."
David Denby, New York Magazine


"An excellent and extremely entertaining look at the spark that ignited the women's liberation movement."
GreenCine Review


"A superb film on the experience of female workers in America during World War II. The film brilliantly exposes the hypocrisy that underlay American chauvinism during the war...a remarkable demonstration of the manipulative power of propoganda."
Bruce McCabe, The Boston Sunday Globe


"Warm, engaging and poignant. The film has that Studs Terkel-like ability to discover the extraordinary in seemingly ordinary people. Terrific."
The Los Angeles Times