Hardly Quiet: Women of the Silent Film Era

Wed. Aug 8, 2018 at 6:30pm EDT
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A series of short films introduce female protagonists on the screen and behind the scenes.


  • “A House Divided” (1913, dir. Alice Guy-Blaché)

  • “Suspense” (1913, dir. Lois Weber and Phillips Smalley)

  • “Thèmes et Variations” (1928, dir. Germaine Dulac)

  • “A Girl’s Folly” (1917, dir. Maurice Tourneur)

Kate Saccone of Columbia University’s Women Film Pioneers Project curates an evening of short films directed, produced, and written by women who paved the way for generations to follow in the historically male-dominated industry. 

Ranging from representations of alternative marital arrangements to suspense, the female body, and a meta-cinematic look at the early motion picture industry, these silent films speak volumes about the work—and minds—of the women behind their creation.

Live musical accompaniment will be provided by Ben Model, courtesy of Columbia University’s Film & Media Studies Program, School of the Arts.

For free events, we generally overbook to ensure a full house. Priority will be given to those who have registered in advance, but registration does not guarantee admission. All registered seats are released shortly before start time, and seats may become available at that time. A standby line will form one hour before the program.

Please send all press inquiries (photo, video, interviews, audio-recording, etc.) at least 24-hours before the day of the program to Sara Beth Joren at sarabethjoren@nypl.org.

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Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Margaret Liebman Berger Forum (2nd Fl) 476 5th Ave
New York, NY 10018