Tracing the practices of women's and feminist cinema in small gauge film formars, we notice the emergence of three key words, distinctive of the spirit of the times: desire, body and freedom. Although not officially theorised, within the works of women artists, their diaries and notes, we trace the presence of these three issues very clearly. Desire, body and freedom are particularly intertwined themes in the female artistic production of the 1970s, above all because, in industrial cinema, the woman's body was hyper present as the object of male desire. The body therefore did not position itself behind the camera but rather as its subject. Therefore, also and above all to question the role assumed by women, these three key words constantly return in the study of female and feminist cinema practices of the time. Giulia Simi presents the context and several examples of production, looking at two fundamental and exemplary figures in their diversity, Marinella Pirelli and Patrizia Vicinelli.