Running time 1h 40min | Directed by Lois Weber | USA | Drama, suspense
Part of the Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers series
As respected, popular, and, for a time, as highly paid, as D.W. Griffith and Cecil B. DeMille, Weber used complex storytelling and amazing technical breakthroughs to the intricacies of social issues that are still relevant today.
The program includes:
- Hypocrites (1915) | 52 min | Weber courted immense controversy with this provocative exploration of sham religious piety, in which moral hypocrisy is exposed by the Naked Truth — portrayed by a nude actress.
- Suspense (1913) | 11.25 min | This one-reel thriller — about a menaced mother and child — displays Weber’s dazzling formal mastery, including film history’s first split-screen.
- Scandal (1916) | 36 min | Weber envisions gossip as a literal beast destroying the life of a stenographer accused of having an affair with her boss.