Queens of Destruction

Friday, Aug 12, 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.

In-person: series co-curators Maggie Hennefeld and Laura Horak.

Chaos reigns in this program of delirious slapstick.

Le bateau de Léontine

Léontine’s Boat, France, 1911

DCP, b&w, silent, 5 min.
 

Tilly's Party

U.K., 1911

DCP, b&w, silent, 7 min.
 

Laughing Gas

U.S., 1907

DCP, b&w, silent, 7 min.
 

Mary Jane's Mishap

U.K., 1903

DCP, b&w, silent, 4 min.
 

La fureur de Mme Plumette

Madame Plumette’s Fury, France, 1912

DCP, b&w, silent, 6 min.
 

Rosalie et son phonographe

Rosalie and Her Phonograph, France, 1911

DCP, b&w, silent, 4 min.
 

Léontine s'envole

Léontine Gets Carried Away, France, 1911

DCP, b&w, silent, 6 min.
 

Cunégonde femme crampon

France, 1912

DCP, b&w, silent, 9 min.
 

Rosalie emménage

Rosalie Moves In, France, 1911

DCP, b&w, silent, 6 min.
 

Léontine garde la maison

Léontine Keeps House, France, 1912

DCP, b&w, silent, 9 min.
 

Rowdy Ann

U.S. 1919

DCP, b&w, silent, 24 min.

Total runtime: 85 min.

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