Kino Lorber will present “Nasty Women” from the silent film era


Florence Turner, shown here in 1912, is among the first silent film actresses whose work appears in the Kino Lorber collection The first naughty women of cinema.,em/>

Kirk Sanderson

Kino Lorber will be released on December 20 The first naughty women of cinemaa four-disc set featuring over 14 hours of rarely seen silent films about feminist protest, slapstick rebellion and suggestive genre play.

The collection will be available on DVD for a suggested retail price of $39.95 as well as Blu-ray Disc ($79.95).

The women in the films, shot between 1898 and 1926, stage strikes, bake (and weaponize) inedible desserts, blow up fireplaces, electrocute cops, and assume a range of identities that blithely dismantle traditional gender norms and sexual restraints. . The films span a variety of genres, including slapstick comedy, genteel farce, trickster film, cowboy melodrama, and adventure thriller. The first naughty women of cinema includes 99 European and American silent films, from 13 international film archives and libraries, with brand new musical scores, video intros, commentary tracks and an illustrated booklet.

The collection was curated by Maggie Hennefeld, Laura Horak and Elif Rongen-Kaynakçi, and produced for video by Bret Wood. The first naughty women of cinema is a partnership between Kino Lorber, Le Giornate del Cinema Muto, Women Film Pioneers Project, Eye Filmmuseum, FIC-Silente and Carleton University.

The set includes 11 short documentaries focusing on specific films and performers, including interviews with Liza Black, TJ Cuthand, Maggie Hennefeld, Laura Horak, Elif Rongen-Kaynakçi, Dana Reason, Arigon Starr, Susan Stryker and Kyla Wazana Tompkins .

Discs come with a 120-page booklet with essays, interviews, photos and detailed movie notes (printed copies only available in the first Blu-ray Deluxe Edition; DVD and subsequent Blu-ray editions will feature a QR code for the entire content of the online booklet)

Audio commentaries for some films were recorded by Jennifer Bean (University of Washington), Liza Black, Enrique Moreno Ceballos (Festival Internacional de Cine Silente México), Liz Clarke (Brock University), Bryony Dixon (British Film Institute), Jane Gaines (Columbia University), Rosa María Licea Garibay (Festival Internacional de Cine Silente México), Joanna Hearne (University of Oklahoma), Maggie Hennefeld (University of Minnesota), Laura Horak (Carleton University), Pamela Hutchinson (Silent London), Elif Rongen -Kaynakçi (Eye Filmmuseum), Mariann Lewinsky (Cineteca di Bologna), Katharina Loew (University of Massachusetts in Boston), Cecilia Ramírez Morales (Festival Internacional de Cine Silente México), Ana Belén Recoder (Festival Internacional de Cine Silente México), Lluvia Soto Rodríguez (Festival Internacional de Cine Silente México), Aurore Spiers, Shelley Stamp (University of California, Santa Cruz), Alejandra Calleja Toxqui (Festival Internacional de Cine Silente ente México), Kristen Anderson Wagner (University of Southern California), Laetitia Vigneron (Festival Internacional de Cine Silente México) and Yiman Wang (University of California, Santa Cruz)


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