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Side-by-side images of Frances Clayton disguised as a Union soldier and in traditional women’s 19th century dress

Women They Talk About: Documenting Early Women Filmmakers with the American Film Institute

Women actively participated in shaping the nascent film industry of the early twentieth century, both as screen stars and behind the camera. But why is this history missing from our understanding of early Hollywood? A comprehensive catalog from the American Film Institute and their "Women They Talk About" project offers an opportunity to discover these forgotten stories and the powerful women who shaped the industry.
(National Endowment for the Humanities)

Image credit: Image credit: Promotional poster for silent film directed by Lois Weber. Image by Burton Rice for Bluebird Photoplays (Life time: pre-1925 publication of advertisement by defunct film company; expired copyright) - Original publication: The Moving Picture World (New York, N.Y.)

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