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Silent film fans, the time has come to rejoice! Now on the second Saturday of every month, get ready to receive The Silent Treatment: our ongoing series of artfully chosen feature films from all corners of the pre-sound era — choice picks that are rarely screened theatrically, or are not available on DVD! Curated by film archivists/TST Newsletter publishers Brandee Cox and Steven Hill, The Silent Treatment showcases a wide variety of early cinema in the best available formats for film lovers with an enthusiastic and adventurous spirit. For breaking news on what films/special guests will be on tap for future shows, check out TST’s Facebook fan page! In addition, get the lowdown on all your favorite silent stars and filmmakers with TST’s bi-monthly digest, available for free download at the Silent Treatment website!

The Silent Treatment: A Woman of the World

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8/27 - 2PM
$12/free for members

Featuring live accompaniment by Cliff Retallick!

A chic European countess visits her small-town American cousin and wreaks mayhem with her liberated continental habits, like smoking cigarettes and seducing men of high ranking public office. Pola Negri is very good at imbuing small gestures with explicit suggestions, and, with eyelids perpetually at half-mast, exudes an attractive combination of contempt and boredom. As a reflection of and probably a comment on Negri’s experience with the American public as an exoticized object of controversy, A Woman of the World plays her opulent femme fatale typecast against puritanical Midwestern notions of feminine behavior, her stigmatized romantic independence marked by the black skull tattoo on her forearm. At one point she hunts down the man who’s been slandering her name, and whips it out of the not-completely-unwilling participant–literally, with a bullwhip.

Dir Malcolm St. Clair, 1925, DCP restoration, 70 min.

Watch the Cinefamily original trailer!