Netherlands Silent Film Festival


Admission fee: € 12,50

Saturday 14 January 2023




16:00 – 17:30


Pand P, Grote Zaal Eindhoven


€ 12,50


Meg Morley | piano


Did you know that in 1900, hundreds of lady horse-cab drivers were working in Paris? And that around the same time, electric cars accounted for about one-third of all the vehicles on U.S. roads? Or that due to sexist concerns over the physical strength of women, female participation to Olympic sports was strongly discouraged, creating in some cases, less demanding female versions that still persist today? 

The project Cinema’s First Nasty Women consists of a collection of 99 films sourced from 13 archives and provides a glimpse into the early 20th century that was rife with radical technological and social innovations, as well as with unscientific and prejudiced assumptions. In this program we will delve into the historical context of a small selection of films in search of new insights into the mindset of our ancestors. 


La grève des bonnes 1906 BFI 8min

La grève des nourrices 1907 Gaumont (12min)

Les femmes cochers 1907 Gaumont 10 min

Cunégonde Femme Cochère 1913 EYE 6min

Mme fait du Sport  1908 Gaumont 10min

Ventilateur Breveté (The New Air Fan) 1911 EYE 4min

La pile électrique de Léontine  1910 Gaumont 7min

Leontine s’envole 1911 Gaumont 7min

Subtitles: English 



Elif Rongen-Kaynakçi is the Curator of Silent film at Eye Filmmuseum. Since 1999, she has worked on the discovery, restoration and presentation of many presumed lost films, including The Floor Below. She is directly involved with the leading archival festivals Il Cinema Ritrovato, Le Giornate del Cinema Muto as advisor and programmer. She is also one of the co-curators of the project Cinema’s First Nasty Women; a selection featuring 99 silent films, from numerous archives around the world, to be released as DVD box in 2022.