Currently in preparation

Pure Cinema: Selected Writings of Germaine Dulac

edited, translated and with an introduction by Tami Williams (University of Wisconsin)

A pioneering feminist and experimental filmmaker in 1920s and 30s France—before French women got the vote—and an influential critic and theorist, Germaine Dulac played a founding role in cinema’s evolution as both art and social practice. Dulac directed more than thirty fiction films, many marking new cinematic tendencies, and an equal number of newsreels and documentaries. She also played a key role in various corporate, cine-club and social organisations.

As a feminist journalist and theatre critic and an avant-garde filmmaker and film activist Dulac authored dozens of lectures and articles. These discussions of film theory, production strategies and social reform efforts will be complemented by previously unpublished theoretical and critical writings and newly available production notes, interviews, course materials and correspondence as a filmmaker, feminist, pacifist and film union activist. These texts not only modify commonly held ideas regarding Dulac’s position in film history, but also expand our perception of this history.

A film’s characters are not the only important things; the length of the images, their contrast and harmony, play a primary role alongside them. A new drama made up of movement, finally understood rationally, asserts its rights, magnificently leading us towards the symphonic image poem, towards the visual symphony beyond familiar formulas where, like music, emotions burst, not into deeds or actions, but into sensations.
—Germaine Dulac
Tami M. Williams (Ph.D. University of California-Los Angeles) is an Assistant Professor of Film Studies. She is currently working on a book-length manuscript on Germaine Dulac, which examines the relationship between early twentieth-century feminist writing and activism and subversive narrative and aesthetic strategies in 1920s and 30s avant-garde and commercial cinema. She has curated film programs on Germaine Dulac for the Musée d’Orsay (Paris), Il Cinema Ritrovato (Bologna), the Greek Film Archive (Athens) and the National Gallery (Washington D.C.) and edited the anthology Germaine Dulac: Au delà des impressions (AFRHC/Cineteca Bologna). She has published articles in English, French, German, Italian, Greek and Slovenian for the Cinémathèque française (Paris), the Olympic Museum (Lausanne) and for journals such as 1895 (Paris), Cinéma et Cie (Bologna), Kinemathek (Frankfurt) and Ekran (Ljubljana).