Gender and Sexual Norms in Four Silent Films | Film Concert

Monday, February 12 at 8pm, the FEU is collaborating with Le 7e genre, a film club that presents older films questioning gender and sexual norms, for a free screening of rare silent films and concert by Student Residents. Artists of all trades have always – and certainly ever since the beginning of cinema – defied gender conformity and patriarchy. That is exactly what Stan Laurel, Charlie Chaplin, Ethelyn Gibson, and even a Dancing Pig do in these four silent films. Come and admire private-eye Stan’s very campy way of resolving crime mysteries in The Sleuth, not unlike Charlot in A Woman, wearing the same costume you saw in A Film Johnnie at a ciné-concert last year. In typical Hollywood style, Ethelyn Gibson struggles against most insisting, most unattractive beaus, but will they recognize her dressed as a boy? At intermission, listen for a sound film dating back to 1895 when Thomas Edison had queer dreams of marrying his Kinetoscope to his Phonograph.

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