Month: September 2019

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Le Giornate del Cinema Muto, Pordenone, Italy, October 5-12, 2019

Le Giornate del Cinema Muto returns October 5-12 with another excellent lineup of rare titles and restorations.

This year’s edition of Le Giornate del Cinema Muto features sections dedicated to Mistinguett, Nasty Women part two, and Estonian silent cinema. Films like Joan the Woman (1916), which was scripted by Jeannie Macpherson, and The Lodger (1926), which Alma Reville assisted in directing, will also screen.

For the full program lineup and more information about the event, visit the festival’s website.


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Helen Gardner’s Cleopatra (1912) Airs on September 29 as part of TCM’s Silent Sundays

Helen Gardner’s Cleopatra (1912), the first film produced by her own Helen Gardner Picture Players, will screen on TCM on Sunday, September 29 at 12:45am.

For the day’s full schedule and more information on the film:

Helen Gardner in Cleopatra (1912).

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New York Times Obituary for Alice Guy Blaché Published

Alice Guy Blaché finally gets an obituary in the New York Times, as part of the paper’s Overlooked series!

Alice Guy Blaché atop a horse outside her Lemoine Ave. home in Fort Lee, circa 1910s. Courtesy the Barrymore Film Center/Fort Lee Film Commission.

Overlooked is a series of obituaries about remarkable people whose deaths, beginning in 1851, went unreported in The Times.

“Even before women had the right to vote, Blaché, in her actions and in her films, expressed female drives, desires and self-determination.”

To read the full obituary, written by film critic Manohla Dargis:

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Book Talk & Event: “Slapstick Divas: The Women of Silent Comedy,” New York Public Library, Sept. 12, 2019

On Thursday, September 12 at 6pm, WFPP contributor Steve Massa will discuss his book Slapstick Divas: The Women of Silent Comedy and the many funny women of early cinema at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.

From the NYPL website:

“In America and abroad, the early cinema was full of funny ladies who were beloved by the audiences of their day but have since been overshadowed by the “boy’s club” of male comedians. Author Steve Massa takes a look at – and gives a nod to – the scores of hard-working women who from 1895 to the end of the silent era worked in front of the camera to keep audiences entertained.

Tickets will be distributed at the door on the day of the talk beginning at 5pm. Doors open at 5:30pm. Any tickets that were previously reserved on Eventbrite will be honored up to 5:45pm, at which time those seats will be open to standby.”

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Book Publication: Queer Timing: The Emergence of Lesbian Sexuality in Early Cinema by Susan Potter

From the University of Illinois Press website:

“In Queer Timing, Susan Potter offers a counter-history that reorients accepted views of lesbian representation and spectatorship in early cinema. Potter sees the emergence of lesbian figures as only the most visible but belated outcome of multiple sexuality effects. Early cinema reconfigured older erotic modalities, articulated new—though incoherent—sexual categories, and generated novel forms of queer feeling and affiliation.

Potter draws on queer theory, silent film historiography, feminist film analysis, and archival research to provide an original and innovative analysis. Taking a conceptually oriented approach, she articulates the processes of filmic representation and spectatorship that reshaped, marginalized, or suppressed women’s same-sex desires and identities. As she pursues a sense of “timing,” Potter stages scenes of the erotic and intellectual encounters shared by historical spectators, on-screen figures, and present-day scholars. The result is a daring revision of feminist and queer perspectives that foregrounds the centrality of women’s same-sex desire to cinematic discourses of both homo- and heterosexuality.”

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