Cinema's First Nasty Women

A showcase of rarely-seen silent films about feminist protest, slapstick rebellion, and suggestive gender play. These women organize labor strikes, bake (and weaponize) inedible desserts, explode out of chimneys, electrocute the police force, and assume a range of identities that gleefully dismantle traditional gender norms and sexual constraints. The films span a variety of genres including slapstick comedy, genteel farce, the trick film, cowboy melodrama, and adventure thriller. CINEMA'S FIRST NASTY WOMEN includes European and American silent films, produced from 1898 to 1926, sourced from thirteen international film archives and libraries, with all-new musical scores. This Kino Now edition is a curated sampling of films from the DVD/Blu-ray collection. The complete 99-film collection (with video introductions and commentaries) is only available in physical media form (Blu-ray or DVD).





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Cinema's First Nasty Women Vol. 1: Queens of Destruction

Chaos reigns in this program of delirious slapstick; 92 min.


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Cinema's First Nasty Women Vol. 2: Doubles and Doppelgangers

Here, the comic mayhem comes with an extra twist of trickery, deceit and disguise; 80min.


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Cinema’s First Nasty Women Vol. 3: Gender Adventures

From the Old West to the (now not so) distant future, women take center stage and drive the action in this program of adventures; 80min.


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Cinema's First Nasty Women Vol. 4: Phil for Short

Phil-for-Short: Sappho-loving Damophilia (Evelyn Greeley) and woman-hating John Alden are both Greek Professors who free-fall toward the aisle in this comedy about gender play and modern romance.; 82 min. Plus Le ménage Dranem (The Dranems) (France 1912) 10 min.


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Cinema's First Nasty Women Vol. 5: The Snowbird

The Snowbird: An amazing S/M man-boy romance shot on location in the Hudson Bay region of northern Canada; 82 min. Plus Making a Man of Her (US 1912) 13 min.


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