Thursday, March 5, 2009

ISF: How Men Propose and A House Divided (1913)

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 Other than that, I have nothing to say; outdated battles of the sexes are only so interesting.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.

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