Lois Weber / US, 1916 / 60 min.
The new restoration of Lois Weber’s pioneering ;melodrama about a poor shop girl is introduced by Jane Gaines, Professor of Film Studies at Columbia University in New York City.
The melodrama Shoes tells the story of a shopgirl that is too poor to buy a pair of shoes and is tempted to prostitute herself to get money. She falls ill after walking in the rain with her broken pair of shoes. In the end, she accepts the offer of a man she meets in The Blue Goose club. The next evening, she follows him to a 'Flat for rent'.
Lois Weber was the most successful female filmmaker of her time and a major influence on silent cinema. She directed and scripted many ground-breaking films – dramas that combined social and political critique with personal storylines. Her best films were long unavailable or else in poor condition.
Women Make Film
Last year, Eye presented the film programme Women Make Film, an alternative world history of cinema featuring women in the lead role. Women have played an important role from the early days of cinema, as cinematographers, filmmakers and sometimes also producers.