Silent Film Collection Celebrates Women Filmmakers From Early Cinema

By Steve Goldstein
Published: Wednesday, June 5, 2019 - 11:30am
Updated: Wednesday, June 5, 2019 - 11:40am

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Alice Guy-Blaché portrait picture
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Alice Guy-Blaché portrait picture, 1912.

Diversity is a key word in the realm of current American filmmaking, and that includes the lack of women directors — particularly when it comes to those who make the major decisions on superhero films and other so-called blockbusters.

Even as some progress is being made, it would take a huge leap for the industry to return to how advanced it was nearly a century ago.

A new 28-hour collection of silent films called "Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers" explores that diversity. Its curator, Shelley Stamp, film historian at the University of California-Santa Cruz joined The Show to talk about it.

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