EARLY WOMEN FILMMAKERS : AN INTERNATIONAL ANTHOLOGY

More women worked in film during its first two decades than 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, rewriting and celebrating their rightful place in film history.

 
"Falling leaves" by Alice Guy Blaché

"Falling leaves" by Alice Guy Blaché

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.

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 all around the world. Beautifully restored in high definition, Early Women Filmmakers features new scores by Sergei Dreznin, Frederick Hodges, Tamar Muskal, Judith Rosenberg, and Rodney Sauer and the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra.

"Le roi des aulnes" BY MARIE-LOUISE IRIBE

"Le roi des aulnes" BY MARIE-LOUISE IRIBE

This anthology is dedicated to the memory of David Shepard (1940-2017), without whom these films - along with countless others - would simply not have been made available in such beautifully-restored editions. The collection represents one of David's final produced works, completed in collaboration with several film archives, including the French National Center for Cinematography and the Moving Image (CNC), the Film Studies Center at the University of Chicago, and the Library of Congress.
 

 
"the blot" by lois weber

"the blot" by lois weber

Bonus Features include:

Booklet Essay : By film historian and Women Film Pioneers Project Manager, Kate Saccone.

Audio Commentary : For Lois Weber's The Blot by author, professor and expert on women and early film culture Shelley Stamp, courtesy of Milestone Film and Video.

 
 
 

  Contents

Format: Blu-ray-DVD Dual Format Edition  Region A/Region 1

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A landmark Blu-ray/DVD collection of newly restored films by early cinema's groundbreaking women directors.

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LES CHIENS SAVANTS (1902)

Director: Alice Guy Blaché
Score: Frederick Hodges

• 4:33 minutes

UNE HISTOIRE ROULANTE (1906)

Director: Alice Guy Blaché
Score: Frederick Hodges

• 2:35 minutes

LA BARRICADE (1907)

Director: Alice Guy Blaché
Score: Frederick Hodges

• 5:36 minutes

FALLING LEAVES (1912)

Director: Alice Guy Blaché
Score: Tamar Muskal

• 14:09 minutes

MAKING AN AMERICAN CITIZEN (1912)

Director: Alice Guy Blaché
Score: Frederick Hodges

• 14:18 minutes

THE GIRL IN THE ARMCHAIR (1912)

Director: Alice Guy Blaché
Score: Frederick Hodges

• 12:56 minutes

SUSPENSE (1913)

Director: Lois Weber
Cast: Lois Weber                                       Score: Frederick Hodges

• 10:21 minutes

DISCONTENT (1916)

Director: Lois Weber
Score: Judith Rosenberg

• 24:50 minutes

THE BLOT (1921)

Director: Lois Weber
Score: Rodney Sauer and The Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra

• 93:36 minutes

MABEL'S STRANGE PREDICAMENT (1914)

Director: Mabel Normand
Cast: Charles Chaplin, Mabel Norman                    Score: Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra

• 11:54 minutes

THE STAR PRINCE (1918)

Director: Madeline Brandeis
Score: Rodney Sauer

• 58:11 minutes

LA CIGARETTE (1919)

Director: Germaine Dulac
Score: Judith Rosenberg

• 50:02 minutes

LA SOURIANTE Mme BEUDET (1922)

Director: Germaine Dulac
Score: Judith Rosenberg

• 42:39 minutes

THE PEASANT WOMEN OF RYAZAN (1927)

Director: Olga Preobrazhenskaia
Score: Sergei Dreznin

• 88:21 minutes

LE ROI DES AULNES (1929)

Director: Marie-Louise Iribe

• 45:09 minutes

HARLEQUIN (1931)

Director: Lotte Reiniger

• 24:55 minutes

PAPAGENO (1935)

Director: Lotte Reiniger

• 10:49 minutes

THE STOLEN HEART (1934)

Director: Lotte Reiniger

• 10:21 minutes

A NIGHT ON BALD MOUNTAIN (1933)

Directors: Claire Parker & Alexandre Alexeieff
Score: Mussorgsky

• 9:21 minutes

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THE WOMAN CONDEMNED (1934)

Director: Mrs. Wallace Reid (Dorothy Davenport)

• 64:29 minutes

DAY OF FREEDOM (1935)

Director: Leni Riefenstahl

• 16:58 minutes

PARABOLA (1937)

Director: Mary Ellen But

• 8:28 minutes

SPOOK SPORT (1939)

Director: Mary Ellen Bute

• 7:55 minutes

DANCE, GIRL, DANCE (Excerpt) (1940)

Director: Dorothy Arzner
Cast: Maureen O'Hara

• 3:53 minutes

MESHES OF THE AFTERNOON (1943)

Director: Maya Deren

• 13:38 minutes

 

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 Bonus Material

Booklet Essay

By: Kate Saccone, Film historial and Women Film Pioneers Project Manager

Audio Commentary

By: Shelley Stamp, for Lois Weber's "The Blot", author, professor, and expert on women and early film culture, courtesy of Milestone Film and Video.

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Total Running Time: 11:27:00 (6 Discs)

Language: English intertitles

Musical Score: Sergei Dreznin, Frederick Hodges, Tamar Muskal, Judith Rosenberg, and Rodney Sauer and the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra

Booklet Text: Kate Saccone

Published By: Flicker Alley

Institutional Price: $700 (plus shipping)

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