Sunday, March 11, 2018

Episode #101 - Shelley Stamp (Not Wanted)

"We hope to chip away at this persistent myth that there weren't many women making films in Hollywood or they weren't of consequence. It's an extraordinary body of work"

One of the most critical ways that women can break the overwhelming male-controlled industry in Hollywood is acknowledging how central they have always been to its existence. UC Santa Cruz Professor Shelley Stamp has been on the forefront of that narrative, exploring how women dominated silent film culture both in terms of their moviegoing habits and the films they created. The author of Movie-Struck Girls and Lois Weber in Early Hollywood sits down with Peter to discuss the critical wave of film historiography that blossomed during her early career and the pre-internet research methods she used to create these and other texts, as well as what the future of the field may hold. Finally, they dive into Ida Lupino's directorial debut Not Wanted and look at both the similarities and differences between her and Lois Weber as the actor charted a new type of social problem film for the noir era.

0:00-3:59  Opening
4:44-1:05:43 Deep Focus — Shelley Stamp
1:06:48-1:10:01  Sponsorship Section
1:12:06-1:26:23 Double Exposure — Not Wanted (Lupino)
1:26:27-1:18:40 Close

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Notes and Links to the Conversation
—Check out Professor Stamp's website and her Twitter
—Recent Milestone Releases of Shoes and The Dumb Girl of Portici 
—Brief information about the Tivioli Theatre in Calgary
—Shelley Stamp on Carrie
—Barbara Creed's The Monstrous-Feminine
—For some info about NYU's history centered culture in the 1980s, see the following SCMS Field Notes: Tom Gunning, Janet Staiger, Charlie Musser
—The New York Public Library's Billy Rose Division
—Critical Texts: Patrice Petro's Joyless Streets, Antonia Lant's Blackout,  Guliana Bruno's Streetwalking on a Ruined Map, Miriam Hansen's Babel and Babylon
—For a discussion of Intermediality in Cinema Studies, see Agnes Petho's article
Shoes at the Amsterdam EYE Film Institute (and watch a clip about the restoration)
—Anthony Slide's Lois Weber: The Director Who Lost Her Way In History
—Watch Lois Weber Movies: Suspense (1913), Hypocrites (1915) Where Are My Children (1917), Sensation Seekers (1927)
NFPF's New Zealand Project (also discussed with Jeff Lambert here) and Idle Wives (1916)
—Learn more about Kino Lorber's Women Pioneers Film Project
—Conferences: Women and the Silent Screen and Doing Women's Film and Television History

—Watch Ida Lupino's Not Wanted
—Read the original Production Code Files through the Margaret Herrick's online database
—Texts Mentioned: David Bordwell's Reinventing Hollywood and Vivan Sobchack's "Lounge Time"

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