Suffragette, journalist, theorist and feminist filmmaker Germaine Dulac (1882-1942) fervently pushed the boundaries of silent cinematic art, playing an integral role in the development of the first avant-garde in Europe
Suffragette, journalist, theorist and feminist filmmaker Germaine Dulac (1882-1942) fervently pushed the boundaries of silent cinematic art, playing an integral role in the development of the first avant-garde in Europe and beyond.
Perhaps best known for The Seashell and the Clergyman, which history has proven to be the first Surrealist film, pre-dating the first screening of Un Chien Andalou by one year, Dulac’s hands-on influence reached deep into her national film culture: she contributed significant pieces on moving image theory, including the article Mise-en-scène; co-founded and was acting secretary to Club Français du Cinema, a hub for film clubs throughout France and a network for avant-garde exhibition; and served as a key organizer of the Société des auteurs de films, an association that attempted to form cohesive guidelines of ownership for independent, artist-made works. This September, the Archive is pleased to present 13 of the artist’s long- and short-form works from each stage in her exquisite career. All films directed by Germaine Dulac.
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- Day 8
- Day 9
- September 15, 2018
3:00pm Abstractions3:00pm - 4:35pmThis program collects three of Germaine Dulac’s technical studies from the final two years of the 1920s, plus a subversive short-form work Dulac considers “a melody of images,” and her iconic The Seashell And The Clergyman, the first-ever Surrealist film (its public premiere was one year prior to Un Chien Andalou (Luis Buñuel, 1929).
- September 21, 2018
7:30pm La souriante Madame Beudet / La folie des vaillants 7:30pm - 8:43pmLa souriante Madame Beudet / The Smiling Madame Beudet (1922) and La folie des vaillants / The Folly of the Brave (1925)
- September 22, 2018
7:30pm La Princesse Mandane 7:30pm - 8:47pmArguably the most commercial film of Dulac’s career, this adventure tale, an adaptation of Pierre Benoît’s novel, is expressed primarily through the language of classical ballet and spatial representations of female captivity.
- September 23, 2018
3:00pm Films Musicaux, Disques Illustrees and Documentary Work3:00pm - 4:40pmThis program assembles four of Germaine Dulac’s surviving “musical films” and “record illustrations” alongside one of her two documentary works: Autrefois… Aujourd’hui, Un peu de rêve sur le faubourg, Ceux qui ne s’en font pas, Celles qui s’en font, and Le retour à la vie.
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