Month: April 2017

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Film Screening: Lois Weber’s Sensation Seekers (1927) at MoMA, May 6 & 9, 2017

The Museum of Modern Art will be screening Lois Weber’s Sensation Seekers (1927) on May 6th & 9th as part of their film series “Universal: More Rediscovered Gems from the Laemmle Years.”

From MoMA’s website:

Once again, MoMA is proud to host Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks Orchestra. This time they’re performing a newly arranged jazz score for the world premiere of Universal’s new digital restoration of Sensation Seekers, an important late film by the most celebrated female director of the silent era, Lois Weber. Filming her own original screenplay, Weber relates a classic Jazz Age tale of flaming youth, centered on the scandal-prone Long Island socialite “Egypt” Hagen (Billie Dove) and her redemptive relationship with a sympathetic clergyman (Raymond Bloomer). Frenzied dancing in roadhouse speakeasies alternates with chastely passionate soul-searching, leading to a slam-bang finish aboard a storm-tossed yacht. DCP.


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Film Series: “Lois Weber: Pioneer Progressive Filmmaker,” April 1-29, 2017, Gene Siskel Film Center, Chicago


“Lois Weber: Pioneer Progressive Filmmaker”

April 1-29, 2017

Gene Siskel Film Center

Chicago, IL

Screenings include, The Blot (1921), Where Are My Children? (1916), and What’s Worth While? (1921). 

From the Gene Siskel Film Center Website:

“With all due respect to Alice Guy-Blaché, Germaine Dulac, Leni Riefenstahl, Dorothy Arzner, and other distinguished pioneers, Lois Weber was the preeminent female filmmaker in the first half-century or so of film history. Bringing a strong sense of morality, gender issues, and social consciousness to her films, she reached a peak of success in the mid-1910s, when she was regarded on a par with D.W. Griffith and Cecil B. DeMille. Although her popularity began to decline in the late 1910s, she continued to develop as a filmmaker, bringing greater subtlety and sophistication to her work.” 


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Book Publication: Women in Silent Cinema: Histories of Fame and Fate by Annette Förster


We are excited to announce that WFPP contributor Annette Förster’s book Women in Silent Cinema: Histories of Fame and Fate has been published by Amsterdam University Press! 

From AUP’s website:

“This magisterial book offers comprehensive accounts of the professional itineraries of three women in the silent film in the Netherlands, France and North America. Annette Förster presents a careful assessment of the long career of Dutch stage and film actress Adriënne Solser; an exploration of the stage and screen careers of French actress and filmmaker Musidora and Canadian-born actress and filmmaker Nell Shipman; an analysis of the interaction between the popular stage and the silent cinema from the perspective of women at work in both realms; fresh insights into Dutch stage and screen comedy, the French revue and the American Northwest drama of the 1910s; and much more, all grounded in a wealth of archival research.”

For more information, click here!

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