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Cinema's First Nasty Women

Cinema's First Nasty Women

'Cinema's First Nasty Women' are coming to Eye! Meet cinema’s first hard-boiled women on International Women’s Day. The ten films, made between 1903-1913, are mainly comedies with lead roles for defiant girls, rebellious kitchen maids, vengeful wives and militant suffragettes. Showing that cinematic heroines have not always been meek and beautiful.

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The term 'Nasty Women' is derived from statements made by Donald Trump in relation to Hillary Clinton in the run-up to the US presidential elections. The term was then adopted as a nom de guerre by women. Cinema's First Nasty Women is an international project bringing together 99 early films from various film archives. These films are also being offered as a DVD/BluRay boxed set, scheduled for release in 2022.

Elif Rongen-Kaynakci, a curator with Eye and also one of the curators of this international project, will give a presentation to accompany the screenings. The films will also be accompanied by live music from Nora Mulder (piano). Four of the ten films selected are from the Eye collection.


  • Rosalie et Léontine vont au théâtre (FR 1911, 4')

    (British Film Institute - BFI)

  • still Laughing Gas (US 1907)

    Laughing Gas (US 1907, 7')

    (Blackhawk Films; Harvard Film Archive)

  • still Victoire a ses nerfs (Nervous Kitchenmaid) (FR 1907)

    Victoire a ses nerfs (Nervous Kitchenmaid) (FR 1907, 3')

    (British Film Institute - BFI)

  • still Mary Jane’s Mishap (GB 1903)

    Mary Jane’s Mishap (GB 1903, 4')

    (British Film Institute - BFI)

  • still La fureur de Mme Plumette (FR 1912)

    La fureur de Mme Plumette (FR 1912, 6')

    (Eye collection)

  • still Cunegonde femme crampon (FR 1912)

    Cunegonde femme crampon (FR 1912, 9')

    (Eye collection)

  • still Patouillard a une femme jealouse (FR 1912)

    Patouillard a une femme jealouse (FR 1912, 6')

    (Eye collection)

  • still Menage dranem (FR 1913)

    Menage dranem (FR 1913, 10')

    (Gaumont Pathé Archives)

  • Lea sui pattini (IT 1911, 5')

    (Eye collection)

  • Leontine s’envole (FR 1911, 6')

    (Gaumont Pathé Archives)

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