Netherlands Silent Film Festival

NEW BEGINNINGS

Admission fee: € 12,50

Saturday 14 January 2023

PROGRAMME

NEW BEGINNINGS

TIME

13:30 – 15:30

VENUE

Pand P, Grote Zaal Eindhoven

PRICE

€ 12,50

MUSICI

Maud Nelissen | piano
Elizabeth-Jane Baldry | harp

ABOUT

Drawing solely from films made by women filmmakers, this program is all about the new: it is about fresh starts, new opportunities, unexpected reversals, exciting changes, and surprising new perspectives. It brings together films that celebrate the pleasures as well as the growing pains of every new beginning.

Subtitles: English 

 

Grundlovsdagen, den 5 juni 1915 (1915)  Danish Film Institute (6 min)

One of the biggest changes in recent women’s history was their enfranchisement. In Denmark a change to the constitution was made, granting women the right to vote, as early as 1915, beating the US, The Netherlands and (slow as molasses) Belgium to it. Two women, Julie Laurberg and Franziska Gad, captured the moment on film.

 

The Troublesome Stepdaughters (1912) – EYE (13 min)

Written by Columbia University-educated director and scenario-writer Marguerite Bertsch, this comedy about the tensions between a father’s new wife and his wayward daughters is surprisingly relatable. This film about a modern family has a delightful twist in the end.

 

I’d Be Delighted To! (1932) – Yale Film Archive (12 min)

Made by American husband-and-wife team Cynthia and S.W. “Winkie” Childs Jr., this amateur film creatively and playfully captures a new romance during an intimate dinner date. While the filmmakers only show us the hands and feet of the two protagonists, this budding courtship is nonetheless vividly presented.

 

Themes et Variations (1928) Light Cone (11 min)

French avant-garde filmmaker Germaine Dulac saw cinema as a new modern form of visual expression that could create emotion through motion, rhythm, and juxtaposition. Calling for a new cinema free of narrative and literary trappings–or a “pure cinema”–Dulac sought, with films like Themes et Variations, to launch a new way of understanding film as a visual symphony. Themes and Variations was developed as a visual symphony.

 

Changing Hues (1922) – BFI  (6 min)

A new fashion for every season and for every budget! This dramatized advertising film for dyeing and cleaning products informs us that even if you can’t afford a new dress, you can still change its colour and look like new. In early cinema, hand- and stencil colour was usually considered women’s work, as it was a very precise and monotonous skill.

 

Manden uden fremtid (The Man Without a Future) (1916) – Danish Film Institute (53 min)

Credited as the first professional Danish female screenwriter, Harriet Bloch wrote this romantic, not violent western for one of the biggest Danish stars of the time, dashing Valdemar Psilander. The titular hero finds out he is not just a ‘mere’ cowboy, but actually of aristocratic descent, a discovery which opens up all kinds of new possibilities.

KATE SACCONE

Kate Saccone is onderzoeker, editor en PhD student aan de universiteit van Amsterdam. Ze is ook projectmanager van het Women Film Pioneers Project, een digitaal openbaar platform dat onderzoek bevordert naar de rol van vrouwen in de stille film.

ANKE BROUWERS

Anke Brouwers teaches film history at the School of Arts/Hogent. She is a freelance researcher, film critic and scenario writer. Her book, Mooi zijn en zwijgen (Be Pretty and Shut up), was published in 2021.