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Before the consolidation of Hollywood's studio system, women were among the most prominent film direcors in America. This videotape collects four complete works from the selent era's two most accomplished and successful women directors, both of whom ran their own production companies. Lois Weber's brief 1913 comedy examines, as its title says, "How Men Propose," Alice Guy-Blache (whose narrative filmmaking in France extended back to 1896) is represented by two 1913 one-reel comedies: the first on marriage ("Matrimony's Speed Limit"), the scond on divorce ("A Home Divided"). Lolis Weber's sophisticated feature-elength "Two Wise Wives" (1921) dissects the proper "role" of "wife" among the socially prominent. These films all display a wit about the instittuion of marriage that confirms Weber's contnetion that women "bring out many of the emotions that are rarely expressed on the screen). Information Booklet Enclosed.
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