Silent Women Film Pioneers: Lois Weber
One of the great writer-directors of early Hollywood, and the most renowned female director of her era, Lois Weber was, at one time, the highest-paid director in Hollywood.
During a career that lasted over 25 years, Weber started her own production company and directed over 40 features and hundreds of short films. South West Silents and HippFest present Lois Weber’s silent masterpiece with new score composed by Lillian Henley, part of South West Silents’ initiative ‘Silent Women Film Pioneers’.
This intimate drama is a biting commentary on economic inequality. Through her portrait of the Griggs family – an underpaid college professor, his long-suffering wife, and their daughter Amelia who is courted by three men from different social classes – Weber reveals a society where ‘keeping up with the Joneses’ is an issue of basic nutrition rather than material possession.
Dir: Lois Weber| US | 1921 | cert U | b&w | English intertitles | 1h 33m + intro
With: Claire Windsor, Philip Hubbard, Margaret McWade
Performing live: Lillian Henley (piano)
With an introduction by Pamela Hutchinson
Supported by South West Silents