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Women as spectacle

by Kate Fortmueller

The pillow fight in Seminary Girls is undoubtedly more chaste than the topless pillow fight in Animal House (1978). However, this film offers some of the same pleasures of viewing an intimate (and somewhat forbidden moment). Many Edison films offer women/female bodies up as spectacles to be watched. Consider this in relation to the films of dancing women. How does this film offer a different kind of visual pleasure from some of his other subjects?

Seminary Girls (1897)

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Young girls have a pillow fight until it is broken up by the headmistress.

from Seminary Girls (1900)
Creator: William Heise
Distributor: Kino Video
Posted by Kate Fortmueller