Month: October 2018

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Special issue on “The Actress-Manager and Early Film” in Nineteenth Century Theatre and Film is out now!


WFPP contributors Victoria Duckett (Deakin University) and Vito Adriaensens (Columbia University | University of Antwerp) are happy to announce the publication of a special issue on The Actress-Manager and Early Film in the journal Nineteenth Century Theatre and Film (Vol. 45, no. 1, 2018). 

 The Betty Nansen Theatre – Opening in September (1917) – Courtesy of The Danish Royal Library

In this issue, they explore how female entrepreneurial engagement in new commerce, new markets and new forms of theatre might help us interpret the rich and productive relationship between theatre and film, in carefully chosen case studies from the United Kingdom, France, Spain, Italy, Denmark, and the United States, tackling actresses such as Sarah Bernhardt, Betty Nansen, Eleonora Duse, Helena Cortesina, and Marion Davies. Articles include: 

Victoria Duckett and Vito Adriaensens

Ann Featherstone

Victoria Duckett

Vito Adriaensens

Maria Pia Pagani

Elena Cordero-Hoyo, Begoña Soto-Vázquez

Denise Mok


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Film Screening: “Alice Guy Blaché in America: Shorts from Solax and The Ocean Waif,” University of Chicago, Friday, Nov. 11, 2018


Film Screening: “Alice Guy Blaché in America: Shorts from Solax and The Ocean Waif

Logan Center for the Arts, University of Chicago

Friday, November 11, 2018, 7pm. 

Live score by David Drazin


From the event website:

“The first woman filmmaker in the world, Alice Guy Blaché (1873-1968) produced, wrote, and directed more than 600 films between 1896 and 1920. As a director and the head of production at France’s Gaumont studios in the early years of cinema, Guy made the first story and sound films and pioneered narrative filmmaking techniques, location shooting, and a ‘natural’ acting style. In the United States throughout the 1910s, the many comedies, melodramas, Civil War dramas, social dramas, and Westerns that Guy produced at her own company Solax and other studios demonstrate her commitment to groundbreaking filmmaking across topics and genres. Yet, because most of her films were lost and/or misattributed to other (male) directors, her contribution to film was forgotten for many years. Thanks to the discovery of her memoirs in the 1980s and the scholarship and archival projects undertaken afterward, Alice Guy Blaché is now celebrated as an early pioneer of cinema. By showing rare shorts from Solax including Mixed Pets (1911) and A House Divided (1913), along with The Ocean Waif (1916), this screening honors her career, fifty years after her death in 1968.

(1911-1916, 85 min., DCP) 

Curated by Aurore Spiers as part of the Film Studies Center’s Graduate Student Curatorial Program. 

Pianist and composer David Drazin is a music and motion picture archivist who has acquired a national reputation for his piano improvisations accompanying silent films. Mr. Drazin received his Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies from Ohio State University. An accomplished performer, he moves easily from dramatic classical to lively jazz styles, boogie-woogie and blues, original novelty works and Harlem stride piano.”

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