Playing in the Rose Theatre or Rosebud Cinema
Part of Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers series.
In the Wild West days of early filmmaking—before Hollywood hardened into an assembly-line behemoth and boys’ club—talented women worked regularly as writers, producers, and directors, instrumental in shaping the very language of cinema as we know it. Nevertheless, figures like Alice Guy Blaché and Lois Weber are known today primarily by aficionados, and artists like Nell Shipman, Grace Cunard, and Marion E. Wong remain woefully obscure. Bringing together dozens of essential new restorations, this series spotlights the daring, innovative, and trailblazing work of the first female filmmakers and restores their centrality to the creation of cinema itself.
Directed by Charles Bryant / 1923 / 72 min.
With Alla Nazimova, Nigel De Brulier, Mitchell Lewis
Recorded music by Alexandra Vreblov
The passion project of Russian-born actress and producer Alla Nazimova, this outrageously stylized adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s notorious play – based on the biblical story of the teenage princess who lusts after the severed head John the Baptist – is a delicious, decadent avant-garde spectacle. Its status as a queer classic rests both on its Art Nouveau-camp style and on the legend that the bisexual Nazimova cast the film entirely with gay actors.