ISF: How Men Propose (1913) Dir: Lois Weber and Alice Guy-Blaché Date Seen: March 5th, 2009
With its portrayal of a woman courting three men for an article she’s writing, I couldn’t help but think of the film having an undergirding logic suggestive of a weird precursor of a post-feminist attitude. But then again I’m not sure. Is it really an example of vamping up one’s sex to equalize gender inequality/emphasize the impenetrability of ‘women’ as a category? My knowledge of feminist theory is clearly wanting.
ISF: A House Divided (1913) Dir: Alice Guy-Blaché Date Seen: March 5th, 2009
I find the comic interaction through the cue cards and intertitles to be a very fun and perceptive use of the uniquely cinematic ability to transition between a close-up text-object and the people reacting to it. Other than that, I have nothing to say; outdated battles of the sexes are only so interesting.
Note: couldn't find pictures for either film. Sowwy.