Live piano accompaniment by Dave Drazin! Film Series : Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers

Something New

1920, Nell Shipman and Bert Van Tuyle, USA, 57 min. With Nell Shipman, Bert Van Tuyle.


Show Times

  • Sat, Oct 27th 4:45pm

"Perhaps the most intriguing feature of the film is the way in which the automobile emerges as a quasi-subjective companion and lover whose relationship with the woman soon displaces the male hero to the visual and narrative margins." - Jennifer Parchesky, Film History

An intrepid entrepreneur as well as on-screen heroine, Canadian-born Nell Shipman specialized in independently produced outdoor dramas that feature plenty of scenery, wildlife, and wild action. SOMETHING NEW (sharp copy with minor damage) begins with Nell at her typewriter bemoaning a lack of inspiration, until the sight of a cowboy and an automobile has her cooking up a thrill-packed adventure set in Mexico. There she is kidnapped by bandits (stereotype alert) but manages to escape, thanks to a handsome engineer (co-director Van Tuyle), her own efforts (after her savior passes out), and the real "hero" of the film, a Maxwell motor car, which plunges up, over, and down the rocky terrain with unflagging persistence. This "Women in Action" program begins with THE WILD ENGINE and THE LITTLE RANGERS. All DCP digital. (MR)

Silent films with live piano accompaniment by Dave Drazin.

Buy a ticket at our regular prices for the first "Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers" program on any applicable Saturday in October, and get a ticket for the second "Pioneers" program that day at the discounted rate with proof of your original purchase: General Admission $7; Students $5; Members $4. (This discount rate applies to the second feature only. Discount available in person at the box office only.)

The Wild Engine

The Wild Engine

1915, Helen Holmes, 11 min.

A self-contained episode of the long-running railroad-centered serial THE HAZARDS OF HELEN, featuring the most independent of the many female serial heroines of the era, Helen Holmes.

The Little Rangers

The Little Rangers

1912, Alice Guy-Blaché, 12 min.

Two gun-totin', mighty-young gals help maintain law and order in the Wild West.

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