Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers - Algie the Miner

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

In this queer comedy of gender norms, Algie travels west to become a "man," performing all of the rituals of gunslinging and the like, despite his dainty pistol, penchant for lace hankies, and his tendency to kiss other cowboys. In doing so he develops a close relationship with his bunkmate, Big Jim, nursing him through illness and, ultimately, saving his life.

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


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


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