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Make More Noise: Suffragettes in Silent Film (1899-1917)

Reino Unido. Documental. 0 minutos
Título Original: Make More Noise: Suffragettes in Silent Film
Director: Lewin Fitzhamon, Lewin Fitzhamon, Percy Stow, Frank Wilson
Formato: DVD  Calidad: DVD
Idioma: Silente   Subtítulos: Inglés (intertítulos)
Subgénero: Suffragettes, Feminismo

Appalling behaviour, noise, clamour and violence are not usually traits associated with the British female, but for the first fifteen years of the 20th century these fearless females battled with the authorities and society at large to make themselves heard.

Cinema was born just as the campaign was gathering momentum and the suffragettes made it their business to get in front of the cameras. This selection of films from the BFI National Archive shows how suffragettes were portrayed on the cinema screen while their battles were still been waged on the streets outside.  

Make More Noise! combines documentary footage of the suffragettes' public activities with comedy films of the period, which joyously pushed the boundaries of what was considered acceptable behaviour. These gloriously anarchic pre-war comedies are full of bright sparks like the Tilly girls (starring Alma Taylor and Chrissie White) who gleefully disobey society’s strictures. Women are seen acting like men, dressing in men’s trousers and even leaving the men at home minding the babies. The films reveal how girls and women were already acting differently, had higher aspirations and expected more freedom than their grandmothers could have imagined, going against conventional wisdom that female emancipation was a result of war-time changes.


• Suffragette Demonstration in London (1910, 3 mins)
• Tilly the Tomboy Visits the Poor (1910, 6 mins)
• London Factory Girls on Strike in Camden Town (1911, 27 secs)
• Suffragette Pageant in London (1911, 1 min)
• London Church Completely Destroyed by Fire (1913, 1 min)
• St Leonards Outrage (1913, 1 min)
• Suffragette Derby of 1913 (1913, 5 mins)
• Law Abiding Suffragists in Hyde Park (1913, 1 min)
• Suffragettes Again (1913, 1 min)
• Trafalgar Square Meeting (1916, 1 min)
• Labour’s First Woman MP (1922, 14 secs)
• Lady Astor (Conservative) in Again for Plymouth (1923, 13 secs)