Saturday, February 01, 2014

Suspense (1913) by Lois Weber

I started watching the wonderful documentary series "The Story of Films: An Odyssey." One remarkable aspect of the series is the attempt to rectify the deliberate omission of women and nonwhite directors in the historical development of cinema. Women directors and writers were hugely influential in developing the language of film. This 1913 film by director Lois Weber was among the first to utilize many of the editing techniques and shot selections that today are considered essentials of the film lexicon. It's also got an amazing split screen that would make DePalma salivate and some great action and stunt sequences.

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