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Toward a feminist cinema

by Kate Fortmueller

Germaine Dulac was well-known as a filmmaker and theorist of cinema. In her manifesto, "The Essence of Cinema, The Visual Idea" one of her main points is that cinema has the potential to be educational. Although this point focuses on aesthetics and the ability of the revealing nature of the close-up, this point is not without political undertones. Filmmakers like Dulac were beginning to recognize film language itself has its own ideology. For Dulac this opened up the potential to disrupt gender roles and move toward a feminist cinema. In order to break ideological anchors, films often became more self-reflexive, illustrating their own processes.

The Seashell and the Clergyman (1928)

Germaine Dulac's hallucinatory avant-garde film uses Freudian images in order to disrupt traditional gender roles.

from The Seashell and the Clergyman (1928)
Creator: Germaine Dulac
Distributor: Kino Video
Posted by Kate Fortmueller