Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers - The Risky Road

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

A brief fragment of Ida May Park's THE RISKY ROAD, the only known elements to survive. The film's protagonist is a young stenographer who agrees to be a "kept woman" for a former employer, inciting the ire of her hometown sweetheart. In these surviving scenes we see her alone, penniless and freezing in her New York apartment. While the English intertitles have been replaced for Swedish distribution, one can still glimpse the novel use of superimposed titles, describing the protagonist's hardships: "Loneliness," "Humiliation," "Starvation."

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