Women & the Silent Screen

Film Screenings


Friday, November 2
Music Recital Hall, UC-Santa Cruz
8 p.m.

La souriante Madame Beudet (1923), directed by Germaine Dulac

La souriante Madame Beudet is one of the outstanding achievements of 1920's French cinema. Its daring exploration of cinematic language and its bold feminist perspective make it a touchstone for all those interested in silent film. We are proud to show a fully-restored print, unique in the United States and graciously on loan from Yale University.

The New Music Ensemble will perform the world premiere of a new score by composer Carolyn Yarnell. Her compositions have been performed throughout the country, including Aspen, Tanglewood, and the Bang on a Can festival. This is her first film score.

Accompanied by two short films:

Algie the Miner, directed by Alice Guy-Blaché
Hallroom Girls, directed by Lois Weber
From the Library of Congress Collection.

Alice Guy-Blaché was the first woman filmmaker in the world. She began her work as a director for the Gaumont studio in France, where she experimented with sound production and photographic effects. She moved to the US in 1907, where she eventually began her own production house, Solax, which released over 300 films, most of which Guy-Blaché directed herself. Algie the Miner is a Solax picture, which narrates the complex process of "becoming a man" in the Old West.

Lois Weber was a director of unparalleled stature in early Hollywood--"the wonder woman of the films" and "the director deluxe of filmdom," according to early profiles. A multi-talented creative force, Weber not only wrote and directed films, she played leading roles in many of the pictures as well.


Saturday, November 3
Media Theater, UC-Santa Cruz
8 p.m.

Heart O´ the Hills (1919), directed by Joseph De Grasse and Sidney A. Franklin

Heart O´ the Hills, starring Mary Pickford, was restored by the Pickford Foundation in 1999. Produced by the Mary Pickford Co., this film features the actress at the height of her career. At this time Pickford was one of the most famous women in the world. Known largely for her child-like film roles, Pickford was also an astute businesswoman who worked tirelessly behind the scenes as well as in front of the camera. The Pickford Foundation has generously loaned us their print for this special screening.

Composer Maria Newman will conduct her original score for the film. The youngest daughter the nine-time Academy Award-winning composer\conductor, Alfred Newman, Maria Newman has produced an impressive repertoire of music both for film and in a variety of vocal and instrumental settings. In addition to her work with the Pickford Foundation, Newman has composed silent film scores for Turner Classic Movies and the Library of Moving Images.

Accompanied by the short film

Trail of the North Wind (1923), directed by Nell Shipman
Generously on loan from the Idaho Film Collection at the Boise State University

Filmmaker Nell Shipman wrote, starred in, directed, and produced her own films in the ‘teens and ‘twenties. She was especially known for making outdoor adventure films on location through her own production company. Often working with tamed wild animals, Shipman was an early outdoors action heroine as well as an accomplished director.


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