Pure Cinema: Selected Writings of Germaine Dulac
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 These discussions of film theory, production strategies and social reform efforts will be complemented by previously unpublished theoretical and critical writings and newly available production notes, interviews, course materials and correspondence as a filmmaker, feminist, pacifist and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.