The First Feminist Film

In the mood for a lost landmark? The Smiling Madame Beudet, from 1922, may be the prototype of feminist cinema. Directed by Germaine Dulac, the lone female figure among the notable French avant-garde filmmakers of the 1920s, it’s an impressionistic, surrealist, silent tale of a woman’s psychological imprisonment. Her primary source of release is playing her piano, to which her husband holds the keys. Futher explanation available at The House of Mirth and Movies:

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    All a feminist is is a woman who is too fat and ugly to get herself a man.

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      That’s not very nice.

      Whether or not it’s true I’ll refrain from weighing in on.

      You’ve seemed grumpy the past few days, what’s up with that?

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