Early women filmmakers : an international anthology

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Summary

  • "More women worked in film during its first two decades than at any time since. Unfortunately, many early women filmmakers have been largely written out of film history, their contributions undervalued. This necessary and timely collection highlights the work of 14 of early cinema's most innovative and influential women directors, re-writing and celebrating their rightful place in film history.International in scope, this groundbreaking collection features over 10 hours of material, comprised of 25 films spanning 1902-1943, including many rare titles not widely available until now, from shorts to feature films, live-action to animation, commercial narratives to experimental works. Directors include Alice Guy Blaché, Lois Weber, Mabel Normand, Madeline Brandeis, Germaine Dulac, Olga Preobrazhenskaia, Marie-Louise Iribe, Lotte Reiniger, Claire Parker, Mrs. Wallace Reid (Dorothy Davenport), Leni Riefenstahl, Mary Ellen Bute, Dorothy Arzner, and Maya Deren."--Container.

Notes

  • Title from container.
  • Edition statements on disc labels: Deluxe blu-ray edition; Deluxe DVD edition.
  • Films originally produced 1902-1943.
  • Mary Ellen Bute's Spook sport is in color; all other filsm in black and white.
  • Bonus materials include: audio commentary: for Lois Weber's The Blot by author, professor, and expert on women and early film culture Shelley Stamp.
  • Accompanying booklet titled: A camera of one's own: early women directors / by Kate Saccone.
  • Blu-ray, region A; LPCM 2.0.
  • DVD; NTSC; region 1; Dolby digital 2.0.
  • English intertitles; French intertitles on La cigarette and La souriante Mme. Beudet ; Le roi des Aulnes in French ; The stolen heart, Papageno and Tag der Freiheit in German ; optional English subtitles.

Contents

  • disc 1. Les chiens savants = Miss Dundee and her performing dogs / Alice Guy Blaché (1902 ; 4:33 min.) -- Une histoire roulant = A rolling story / Alice Guy Blaché (1906 ; 2:36 min.) -- La barricade / Alice Guy Blaché (1907 ; 5:36 min.) -- Falling leaves / Alice Guy Blaché (1912 ; 14:09 min.) -- Making an American citizen / Alice Guy Blaché (1912 ; 14:18 min.) -- The girl in the arm-chair / Alice Guy Blaché (1912 ; 12:56 min.) -- Suspense / Lois Weber (1913 ; 10:21 min.) -- Discontent / scenario, Lois Weber ; directed by Allen Siegler (1916 ; 24:50 min.) -- The blot / written and directed by Lois Weber (1921 ; 93:36 min.) -- Mabel's strange predicament / Keystone Film Company ; Mabel Normand (1914 ; 11:54 min.)
  • disc 2. The star prince / written and directed by Madeline Brandeis (1918 ; 58:11) -- La cigarette / L'Alliance cinématographique catholique présente ; mise en scene de Germaine Dulac (1919 ; 50:02 min.) -- La souriante Mme. Beudet = The smiling Madame Beudet / adaptation cinégraphique de André Obey ; réalisé par Germaine Dulac (1922 ; 42:39 min.) -- The peasant women of Ryazan = [Baby ri︠a︡zanskie] / Sovkino First Factory Production ; scenario, Olga Vishnevskaya, Boris Altschuler ; direceted by Olga Preobrazhenskaia (1927 ; 88:21 min.)
  • disc 3. Le roi des Aulnes = The Erlking / Edmond Ratisbonne présente ; Marie-Louise Iribe (1929 ; 45:09 min.) -- Harlequin : a silhouette film / by Lotte Reiniger (1931 ; 24:55 min.) -- The stolen heart / Primrose Productions presents a Lotte Reiniger silhouette film (1934 ; 10:21 min.) -- Papageno / Filmfantasie von Lotte Reiniger (1935 ; 10:49 min.) -- Une nuit sur la Mont Chauve = A night on Bald Mountain / Alexeïeff et Parker présentent ; gravures animées de [Alexandre] Alexeieff et Claire Parker (1933 ; 9:21 min.) -- The woman condemned / Wilis Kent presents ; a Progressive picture ; directed by Mrs. Wallace Reid (1934 ; 64:29 min.) -- Tag der Freiheit = Day of freedom / / Leni Riefenstahl (1935 ; 16:58 min.) -- Parabola / Mary Ellen Bute (1937 ; 16:58 min.) -- Mary Ellen Bute's Spook sport : a graveyard gambol / animated by Norman McLaren ; Mary Ellen Bute (1939 ; 7:55 min.) -- Dance, girl, dance [excerpt] / Dorothy Arzner (1940 ; 3:53 min.) -- Meshes of the afternoon / a film by Maya Deren and A. Hackenschmied (1943 ; 13:38 min.)
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