Women in the Silent Cinema: Histories of Fame and Fate

by Annette Förster
Framing Film
Amsterdam University Press, 2016
Cloth: 978-90-8964-719-1, Paper: 978-94-6298-995-5, eISBN: 978-90-485-2451-8

This magisterial book offers comprehensive accounts of the professional itineraries of three women in the silent film in the Netherlands, France and North America. Annette Förster presents a careful assessment of the long career of Dutch stage and film actress Adriënne Solser; an exploration of the stage and screen careers of French actress and filmmaker Musidora and Canadian-born actress and filmmaker Nell Shipman; an analysis of the interaction between the popular stage and the silent cinema from the perspective of women at work in both realms; fresh insights into Dutch stage and screen comedy, the French revue and the American Northwest drama of the 1910s; and much more, all grounded in a wealth of archival research.

Annette Förster is a media historian and film curator specialized in women in film history.

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