Doubles and Doppelgangers

Saturday, Aug 13, 2022 - 7:30pm

UCLA Film & Television Archive presents free screenings at the Billy Wilder Theater at the Hammer Museum.

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Its title a riff on the feminist cri de cœur that arose during the 2016 presidential election, Cinema’s First Nasty Women presents a selection of rarely-screened European and American silent films that reveals and revels in the spirit of rule-breaking, anarchic women on screen going back to the earliest years of the medium. Featuring an array of genres—slapstick comedies, trick films, adventures and dramas—among 27 titles drawn from over a dozen international archives, the program brings to light a host of overlooked performers in an unprecedented upending and expansion of the silent film canon. This electrifying parade of actors and comedians—including Sarah Duhamel, Bertha Regustus, Edna “Billy” Foster, Lilian St. Cyr (Ho-Chunk), Tsuru Aoki, Fay Tincher and more—challenge social mores and gender identities from the bedroom to the barroom, the city streets to the wild frontier. Every film in the program has been newly restored and comes accompanied by newly commissioned scores across a range of styles. The Archive is thrilled to present this program curated by archivists and scholars Maggie Hennefeld, Laura Horak and Elif Rongen-Kaynakçi for Kino Lorber in advance of the release of Kino Lorber’s four-disc DVD/Blu-ray collection.

Series curated by Maggie Hennefeld, Laura Horak and Elif Rongen-Kaynakçi.

Daisy Doodad's Dial

U.K., 1914

DCP, b&w, silent, 9 min.

Léa Bambola

Lea as a Doll, Italy, 1913

DCP, b&w, silent, 6 min.

Zoé et la parapluie miraculeux

Zoé and the Miraculous Umbrella, France, 1913

DCP, b&w, silent, 4 min.

Le Rembrandt de la rue Lepic

The Rembrandt in Rue Lepic, France, 1911

DCP, b&w, silent, 6 min.

Onésime et la toilette de Mademoiselle Badinois

Onésime and Mademoiselle Badinois’ Outfit, France, 1912

DCP, b&w, silent, 8 min.

La peur des ombres

Fear of Shadows, France, 1914

DCP, b&w, silent, 4 min.

Amour et science

Love and Science, France, 1912

DCP, b&w, silent, 14 min.

The Death Mask

U.S., 1914

DCP, b&w, silent, 21 min.

She's a Prince

U.S., 1926

27 min.

Total runtime: 97 min.