Women in Silent Cinema

Histories of Fame and Fate

Annette Förster

Women in Silent Cinema

Annette Förster

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

592 pages | 20 halftones | 6 x 9 1/4 | © 2016
Cloth $149.00 ISBN: 9789089647191 Published June 2017 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
This magisterial book offers one of the most comprehensive accounts yet of the place of women in silent film in Europe. Annette Förster presents a careful assessment of the long career of Dutch stage and film actress Adriënne Solser; an exploration of the careers of French actress Musidora and Canadian actress Nell Shipman; an analysis of the interaction between the popular stage and early cinema and the role of women in both realms; fresh insights into Dutch comedy of the silent era; and much more, all grounded in a wealth of archival research.
 
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"In this brilliant book, Förster delineates 'careerographries' of three stars of early cinema—one Dutch (Adriënne Solser), one French (Musidora), and one Canadian (Nell Shipman)....Förster is painstaking in locating the women's careers in personal, theatrical, literary, and cinematic context, and she does especially well in reconstructing their lost films. An amazing book...Essential."
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