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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 1911-1940, including many rare titles not widely available until now. Directors include Mabel Normand, Alice Guy Blanché, Lois Weber, Dorothy Davenport, Germaine Dulac, Olga Preobrazhenskaya, Dorothy Arzner and Mary Ellen Bute. These women were technically and stylistically innovative, pushing the boundaries of narrative, aesthetics, and genre. Going back to the beginning of cinema, this collection makes visible the tremendous directorial contributions women made.

FILMS:

  • Disc 1: FALLING LEAVES (1912, 14 mins) | MAKING AN AMERICAN CITIZEN (1912, 14 mins) | THE GIRL IN THE ARMCHAIR (1912, 13 mins) | GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN (1911, 12 mins) | ALGIE, THE MINER (1912, 10 mins) | MATRIMONY'S SPEED LIMIT (1913, 13 mins) | OCEAN WAIF (1916, 29 mins)
  • Disc 2: SUSPENSE (1913, 10 mins) | DISCONTENT (1916, 25 mins) | THE BLOT (1921, 94 mins) | MABEL'S STRANGE PREDICAMENT (1914, 12 mins)
  • Disc 3: THE WOMAN CONDEMNED (1934, 64 mins) | LA CIGARETTE (1919, 50 mins) | LA SOURIANTE MME. BEUDET (1922, 43 mins)
  • Disc 4: LE VILLAGE DU PECHE (1927, 88 mins) | LE ROI DES AULNES (1929, 45 mins) | DANCE, GIRL, DANCE (1940, 4 mins) | PARABOLA (1937, 9 mins)

Special features:

  • Alice Guy-Blaché (2018, 8 mins): featurette on the director
  • Lois Weber (2018, 9 mins): featurette on the director
  • Mabel Normand (2018, 8 mins): featurette on the director
  • Fully illustrated booklet featuring new writing on the films and full film credits
  • Other extras TBC
Certificate:
U

Early Women Filmmakers Collection

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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 1911-1940, including many rare titles not widely available until now. Directors include Mabel Normand, Alice Guy Blanché, Lois Weber, Dorothy Davenport, Germaine Dulac, Olga Preobrazhenskaya, Dorothy Arzner and Mary Ellen Bute. These women were technically and stylistically innovative, pushing the boundaries of narrative, aesthetics, and genre. Going back to the beginning of cinema, this collection makes visible the tremendous directorial contributions women made.

FILMS:

  • Disc 1: FALLING LEAVES (1912, 14 mins) | MAKING AN AMERICAN CITIZEN (1912, 14 mins) | THE GIRL IN THE ARMCHAIR (1912, 13 mins) | GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN (1911, 12 mins) | ALGIE, THE MINER (1912, 10 mins) | MATRIMONY'S SPEED LIMIT (1913, 13 mins) | OCEAN WAIF (1916, 29 mins)
  • Disc 2: SUSPENSE (1913, 10 mins) | DISCONTENT (1916, 25 mins) | THE BLOT (1921, 94 mins) | MABEL'S STRANGE PREDICAMENT (1914, 12 mins)
  • Disc 3: THE WOMAN CONDEMNED (1934, 64 mins) | LA CIGARETTE (1919, 50 mins) | LA SOURIANTE MME. BEUDET (1922, 43 mins)
  • Disc 4: LE VILLAGE DU PECHE (1927, 88 mins) | LE ROI DES AULNES (1929, 45 mins) | DANCE, GIRL, DANCE (1940, 4 mins) | PARABOLA (1937, 9 mins)

Special features:

  • Alice Guy-Blaché (2018, 8 mins): featurette on the director
  • Lois Weber (2018, 9 mins): featurette on the director
  • Mabel Normand (2018, 8 mins): featurette on the director
  • Fully illustrated booklet featuring new writing on the films and full film credits
  • Other extras TBC
Certificate:
U
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