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Announcing Early Women Filmmakers Set on Blu-ray/DVD
FLICKER ALLEY & BLACKHAWK FILMS® PRESENT
EARLY WOMEN FILMMAKERS:
AN INTERNATIONAL ANTHOLOGY
Alley and Blackhawk Films® proudly present 25 newly restored films by
early cinema's groundbreaking women filmmakers in a definitive
Blu-ray/DVD dual-format collection.
Release Date: May 9, 2017
Flicker Alley and Blackhawk Films® are proud to present Early Women Filmmakers: An International Anthology,
a landmark Blu-ray/DVD collection of newly restored films by early
cinema's groundbreaking women directors. This extensive set of 25 films
from 14 international directors showcases the innovative technical and
stylistic contributions of women, a vital missing piece in the canon of
Early Women Filmmakers: An International Anthology
Deluxe Blu-ray/DVD Dual-Format Edition
SPECIAL PRE-ORDER SALE PRICE: $49.95
Early Women Filmmakers: An International Anthology / 1902-1943 / 652 minutes
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
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.
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
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.
Bonus Materials 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.