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Suffragettes in the Silent Cinema and Silent Feminists: America’s First Women Directors
  • Date: Friday, September 20, 2019
  • Time: 12:00 pm
  • Location: William G. McGowan Theater

In the days before movies could talk, silent films spoke clearly of sexual politics, and in Suffragettes in the Silent Cinema, historian and writer Kay Sloan has assembled rare and wonderful footage that opens a historic window onto how women’s suffrage was represented in early American cinema. (2003; 35 minutes.)

Utilizing film clips, rare photos and interviews with survivors of the era, The Silent Feminists rediscovers the work of America`s pioneering women directors, whose achievements are often overlooked in favor of that of their male counterparts. Co-directed by Anthony Slide, whom Lillian Gish called “our preeminent historian of silent film,” this groundbreaking work pays fond tribute to the more than thirty women directors who contributed much to the art and craft of movie-making. (2008; 45 minutes.)

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