Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers - On the Brink

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

In one of the earliest surviving shorts co-directed by Lois Weber and her husband, Phillips Smalley, a young woman caring for her mentally disabled brother falls for a local fisherman who does not return her affections. Beautifully photographed on location with sophisticated staging, in-depth and naturalistic performances, ON THE BRINK reveals why Weber and Smalley's work at Rex was so heavily praised. "Any licensed manufacturer who is overweeningly proud of his photography had better go and see these smooth, clear, steady, beautifully tinted pictures and then decide to take a back seat until he can do as well," wrote one critic at the time.

"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."


"One of this year’s most essential archival box sets."


"This is nirvana for keen purchasers ready to immerse themselves in a blossoming new expression started over 100 years ago. To those even remotely interested - Kino's 6 Blu-ray package is strongly recommended!"


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


"Film fans, rejoice! The true history of the motion picture industry just got a bit more complete."


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


"...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