Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers - The Song of Love

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

Frances Marion is best known as a screenwriter instrumental in shaping Mary Pickford's onscreen persona during the silent era and later as a winner of two Academy Awards. THE SONG OF LOVE is one of two films she also directed, in this case sharing credit with Chester Franklin. Norma Talmadge, who also produced the film, stars as a dancing girl in a Hollywood fantasy Arabian desert who falls for a dashing French spy, then must rescue him when he is kidnapped. This version was mastered from a German release print (with original color tinting and moderate nitrate decomposition) which ends on a much darker note than prints circulated in the U.S. market.

"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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"...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