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Queens of Destruction: A Selection of Films from Cinema’s First Nasty Women

Sunday, Aug 21 at 2:00 pm

Location: Bartos Screening Room

Dir. Various. U.S., U.K, France. 1903–19, 85 mins. DCP. This selection of highlights from Kino Lorber’s forthcoming four-disc blu-ray collection Cinema’s First Nasty Women (curated by film scholars Maggie Hennefeld, Laura Horak, and Elif Rongen-Kaynakçi)  features eleven recently restored and newly scored comic shorts from the U.S. and Europe that anarchically celebrate feminist and racial protest, slapstick rebellion, and gender play. Featuring performances by forgotten French comedienne Léontine, Black actress Bertha Regustus, the great lesbian performer Fay Tincher, as well as Sarah Duhamel, Little Chrysia, Alma Taylor, and Chrissie White.

Léontine’s Boat (France, 1911, 5 mins.)
Tilly’s Party (U.K.., 1911, 7 mins.)
Laughing Gas (U.S., 1907, 6 mins.)
Mary Jane’s Mishap (U.K., 1903, 4 mins.)
Madame Plumette’s Fury (France, 1912, 5 mins.)
Rosalie and Her Phonograph (France, 1911, 4 mins.)
Léontine Gets Carried Away (France, 1911, 6 mins.)
Cunégonde femme crampon (France, 1912, 8 mins.)
Rosalie Moves In (France, 1911, 6 mins.)
Léontine Keeps House (France. 1912, 8 mins.)
Rowdy Ann (U.S., 1919, 23 mins.)

Tickets: $15 / $11 senior and students / $9 youth (ages 3–17) / Free or discounted for MoMI members ($11). Order tickets. Please pick up tickets at the Museum’s admissions desk upon arrival. All seating is general admission. Review safety protocols before your visit.