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Queens of Destruction: Cinema's First Nasty Women

Presented by Cleveland Institute of Art and The Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque at The Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque, Cleveland OH

Nov 26 2022
Queens of Destruction: Cinema's First Nasty Women

This program of 11 recently restored and newly scored, anarchic silent comedy shorts from early 20th-century teems with feminist protests, slapstick rebellions, suggestive gender play, and other liberating but “non-ladylike” behavior.

USA/UK/France, 1903-19, various directors

“Nasty women” appeared on the world’s movie screens a century before Donald Trump hurled that epithet at Hillary Clinton—and decades before film noir’s femmes fatales (also nasty). These rediscovered movies help to restore women’s rightful, central place in cinema’s early history. Features performances by forgotten French comedienne Léontine, Black actress Bertha Regustus, and the great lesbian performer Fay Tincher. “Laughter can be

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