Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers - A Fool and His Money

Directed by Mabel Normand, Grace Cunard, Dorothy Davenport Reid, Alice Guy-Blaché, Lois Weber, and Helen Holmes
Year: 2018

One of the earliest surviving all-black-cast films, A FOOL AND HIS MONEY explores social mobility and fantasies of instant wealth amongst African-Americans. The "fool" is a young man unlucky in love, rejected by his sweetheart in favor of a more prosperous beau. After finding a large sum of money on the sidewalk he buys fine clothes and a fancy automobile, hoping to win her back. Successful at first, he loses all his newfound money in a rigged poker game staged by his romantic rival – and his fickle sweetheart tosses him out once again. Guy-Blaché's own home and car were used in making this film.

"A corrective to our collective amnesia. A thrilling look at the variety of films made by women, most before they won the right to vote."

"Provides a rare opportunity to see some of the greatest films helmed by early Hollywood’s intrepid women... filling in the blanks of the past and reclaiming the medium’s forgotten stories."

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" essential piece of film history, and engaging viewing besides."

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"This wonderful box set would make a perfect gift for anyone interested in women in film or in film history."

" of the most important disc sets of 2018, and it's the perfect gift for the serious cinephile."

Directed by Alice Guy-Blaché, Lois Weber, Helen Holmes, Mabel Normand, Grace Cunard and Dorothy Davenport Reid