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“Lois Weber: Pioneer Progressive Filmmaker”
April 1-29, 2017
Gene Siskel Film Center
Screenings include, The Blot (1921), Where Are My Children? (1916), and What’s Worth While? (1921).
“With all due respect to Alice Guy-Blaché, Germaine Dulac, Leni Riefenstahl, Dorothy Arzner, and other distinguished pioneers, Lois Weber was the preeminent female filmmaker in the first half-century or so of film history. Bringing a strong sense of morality, gender issues, and social consciousness to her films, she reached a peak of success in the mid-1910s, when she was regarded on a par with D.W. Griffith and Cecil B. DeMille. Although her popularity began to decline in the late 1910s, she continued to develop as a filmmaker, bringing greater subtlety and sophistication to her work.”