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.
THE RED KIMONA
Dirs. Walter Lang & Dorothy Davenport / 1925 / 77 min.
Recorded music by Libby Meyer
Writer, producer, director and actress Dorothy Davenport made a splash in the 1920s with a string of socially conscious, taboo-shattering exposes, including this ripped-from-the-headlines shocker about a woman forced into a life of prostitution. Davenport herself said: “I believe it takes a woman to believe in a woman’s motives, and every story intended for the screen should have a woman working on it at some stage to convince the audience of women.”