Framework

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Articles from Vol. 51, No. 2, Fall

A Historical Overview of NFTVA/BFI Collection Development Policies with Regard to Gender and Nation Questions
I should state at the outset that, largely because of the far-sightedness of Ernest Lindgren, Curator of the National Film Library/National Film Archive from 1935 to 1973, the NFTVA/BFI policies on acquisition have changed very little since the 1930s....
A New Eroticism or Merely a New Woman? Cecil B. DeMille's Adaptation of Alice Duer Miller's Manslaughter
Now almost completely forgotten, novelist and scenarist Alice Duer Miller (1874-1942) was once a best seller, a consistent producer of still readable romances, and an intermittent but sought-after worker on other authors' scripts in Hollywood. Her writing...
Artistic Testament or Final Exorcism? Passion and Tragedy in Bergman's Saraband
To my wife, CeliaWatching forty years of my work over the span of one year [for the accomplishment of this book] turned out to be unexpectedly upsetting, at times unbearable. I suddenly realized that my movies had mostly been conceived in the depths...
Editorial
This issue focuses on how small details can expose the wider picture. In "Erice's Songs: Nature as Music/Music as Nature," Linda C. Ehrlich and Celia Martínez García poetically reveal how the elegiac Spanish director Víctor Erice weaves songs into his...
"Exit Flapper, Enter Woman," or Lois Weber in Jazz Age Hollywood
Most accounts of Lois Weber's career chronicle nothing but loss and failure in the 1920s following her great success in Hollywood a decade earlier. Rehearsed in so many iterations, both scholarly and popular, the story goes something like this: "Weber's...
Introduction: Transnationalizing Women's Film History
The papers gathered in this dossier represent a selection from presentations given at the workshop on "Transnationalizing Women's Film History," coorganized by the Women's Film History Network-UK/Ireland and the Columbia University Seminar as part of...
On Frieda Klug, Pearl White, and Other Traveling Women Film Pioneers
When I was invited to reflect on the significance of the now emerging category of "transnationalism"1 for the practice of women's film historiography, I found myself wondering: are the processes of transnational mobility and transcultural relations somehow...
Screen Theory Goes to Australia
There are networks of circulation, rather than spaces in communication, and the space-local, national, inter-national-where one is acting at any given time is criss-crossed by all those networks, each of them constructing "spaces" differently. . . ....
Tackling Universal Women as a Research Problem: What Historiographic Sources Do and Don't Tell Us about "Gender" in the Silent Motion Picture Studio
By way of introduction to Alas and Alack ( Joseph De Grasse, US, 1915), the conference organizers asked me to explain in fifteen minutes or less "what historiographic sources do and don't tell us about 'gender' in the silent motion picture studio." This...
Toward the Development of a Modern "Impressionist" Cinema: Germaine Dulac's la Belle Dame Sans Merci (1921) and the Deconstruction of the Femme Fatale Archetype
In the post-World War I climate of shifting aesthetic and social hierarchies, Germaine Dulac played a central role in the development of a modern "impressionist" and politically progressive cinema. In contrast to its mythical designation, "les années...
Women, Empire, and British Cinema History
The notion of the transnational has challenged the national focus of cinema histories and has shifted the way we conceive of contemporary film and cinema industries and cultures.1 To what extent, however, is it pertinent to our understanding of the contribution...
Women Filmmakers and Postfeminism in the Age of Multimedia Reproduction: A Virtual Archive for Women's Cinema
My subject is part of a long-term research project that I am developing in collaboration with filmmaker Guylaine Dionne. The study explores the relation of women fiction filmmakers to gender-specific issues within an international context and a timeframe...
Women's Film History: Columbia University and the Museum of Modern Art, March 2010
Museum of Modern Art, Warner Screening RoomRound-Table: Columbia University Seminar-"Cinema and Interdisciplinary Interpretation" & WFHN (UK/Ireland)Reviewing motivation and progress in construction of women's film history-from Women Film Pioneers...
Women's Film History Project: Issues of Transnationalism
At the two workshops of the Women's Film History Project, in Sunderland (UK) and New York, I was asked to consider the issues surrounding how WFHP might interact with film archives to increase awareness, availability, and profile of the surviving films...
World Women: Still Circulating Silent Era Film Prints
Feminists in film studies have been surprised to find evidence of so many women who worked as producers, directors, and writers during the first decades of the silent motion picture industry.1 Few had imagined how many women worked in the United States,...