It's a society in which gender roles are switched. Will men stand to be unequal?
It's a society in which gender roles are switched. Will men stand to be unequal?
In an interview recorded for Criterion Collection Chantal Akerman discussed why she wanted to make Jeanne Dielman. She grew up around women whose daily work was folding clothes, making beds, preparing dinner, and so forth. She had a great admiration for those women and felt like the beauty of their work that often goes thankless was never represented in cinema. She would say that the stories of men were more often talked about in cinema, and those beautiful women of her youth were never paid attention to in this realm of narrative. Akerman has never proclaimed herself a feminist filmmaker (or a queer filmmaker for that matter) because she thinks those labels are limiting of her overall work. However, her…
Sardonically executed from its titular statement to its final frame, The Consequences of Feminism is a masterpiece of satirical, short form cinema that I cannot believe exists re: the fact that it was made circa 1906.
Pre-satirical-cinema and less than sixty years into the feminist movement, almost rendering it pre-feminist-cinema [or, at the very least, the first/one of the first(?) feminist films], Alice Guy's silent essay investigates its subject comedically (how else would she have achieved such a feat in 1906?) to disguise its biting sociopolitical commentary on the absurdity of gender roles.
Men are women, women are men and, thus, when the men take back their position of equality, not authority, during the film's final sequence, it is representative,…
is this some sort of utopian film where men perform all the domestic labour and women get to run around like bosses looking fly and smoking cigars? my favourite part was when the dude did the laundry wrong and all the women yelled at him
Reasons why Alice Guy is the fucking raddest female director ever:
1. She made this film, which manages to ingeniously take apart every key anti-feminist argument imaginable in a way that's consistently funny and clever before pointing out just how unreasonable denying a woman's right to equality is.
2. She made around ONE THOUSAND FILMS in her lifetime, only about a hundred of which have survived to this day.
3. Her short film The Cabbage Fairy may have been the first fantasy film ever made...
4. ...as well as quite possibly the first fictional narrative short ever.
5. She was one of the first filmmakers to have ever considered film as a method of storytelling rather than just a passing fad.
Incisive satire of patriarchal society that depicts women disrespecting effeminate men, who are doing numerous “domestic” tasks. It’s pretty funny to imagine a bunch of men disgustedly throwing their top hats onto the floor of the cinema in 1904.
Unlike other forms of artistic output like painting, whose origins stretch all the way back to the forgotten realm of pre-history, we can put very specific dates on the beginnings of such modern artistic media as photography and filmmaking; in the former case, that's quite literally the year 1838 (the year the very first publicly available photograph was ever made), while with filmmaking it boils down to a series of rapid innovations by a host of different, competing organizations, all within the 1890s right when the Victorian Age was winding down. And even…
The first female film director (one of the first film directors in general, it should be said) makes one of the first provocative films.
The exaggerated performance of gender in early cinema is neatly reversed, and men are seen to flutter about and simper while women lay around and drink. Women get into punch ups over passively observant men, and then forcibly grope men on park benches while onlookers walk on by in purposeful ignorance. It’s not exactly subtle, but then the realities being dealt with here need to be brute forced into the minds of many. Then as now.
Alice Guy-Blaché is credited by some as the first narrative filmmaker. She should probably also be credited as the first…
Was expecting some Ye Olde Sexism (kind of akin to those 1950s videos about how "homosexuals are gonna prey on your children!" that I absolutely love watching) but actually got a pretty entertaining short about how ridiculous gender roles are. Good on you, 1906.
Today my mother and I had to repair a kitchen faucet that had a broken cartridge. We went to a depot to buy a new cartridge and the attendant, an old man, told us: I'll send you a guy who knows how to repair it.
No, you won't. We took the cartridge and fucking repaired it ourselves. We have brains, hands, tools, diplomas, we are inteligent, sensible, strong and there is nothing we can't do. Me and my mother, owners of a house with no men except for a little brother good-for-nothing. Oh, and that reminds me of someone.
Alice Guy was the first woman filmmaker in the…
I've been thinking recently that my knowledge of films directed by women is, frankly, appalling low, so what better place to look than the first female director ever? With The Consequences of Feminism, Alice Guy reverses gender norms, with men ironing and taking care of children while women smoke, drink, and sometimes push themselves onto men who are clearly uncomfortable. It's astonishing that this was made as early in the days of film as it was. I feel the need to repeat that my ratings purely reflect how I subjectively reacted to a film -- for its place in history, this is an amazing achievement and an easy 5. But it's not exactly the kind of thing I love to…
I really wish that there was some account of what people thought when watching this back in 1906, but I guess they must have thought that those were really the consequences of feminism and probably didn't see much besides the comedy. But it's also impossible to know what Alice Guy herself had in mind when she decided to make a comedy film in which traditonal gender roles are completely reversed, she might aswell just have thought "hahaha, wouldn't it be funny if this happened?". However, looking at her life, it's hard to think this was just a casual purposeless film, and the general consensus regards this as a truly feminist film, and probably the first one. I think there are…
I wonder what audiences felt after seeing this. Was there agreement? Sympathy? Laughter? Anger? It is hard imagining the political world of 110 years ago, and understanding those issues in terms of today, so I’m trying not to interpret things in terms of our current understanding of feminism.
I’m sure there was a fair amount of anxiety in the height of woman’s suffrage movement. Men, as dictated by societal tradition and generations of power, were in control of the world, while their wives upheld culture in the domestic sphere. But, many of those women felt thoroughly oppressed by that notion (a notion that continues to have the same effect today), and took issue with their second-class place in a society.…
Impossível falar de pioneirismo cinematográfico sem citar Alice Guy-Blaché. Alice foi a primeira diretora da história, e como se não bastasse, com seu olhar refinado conseguiu requintar com maestria a invenção dos Irmãos Lumiére. Foi a responsável pelo primeiro filme narrativo já feito ( La Fée aux choux de 1896 ).
A primeira obra foi um caos, era um filme completamente confuso. 10 anos depois Alice Guy Blaché nos presenteia (como se fosse preciso) com um clássico, que embora tenha sido feito em 1906, poderia facilmente ser um esquete contemporâneo acerca do tão explorado conflito entre gêneros.
O filme é uma comédia que inverte os papéis sociais de homens e mulheres, nos proporcionando diversas cenas emblemáticas. Com pouquíssima sutileza, mas com muita inteligência, Alice Guy deixa seu recado. Clássico.
İnsanların 110 yıl önceki haline bakmak cidden ilginç. Kafa yapısının ne kadar değiştiğini çok iyi anlıyorsunuz. Bazı izlediğim sahnelerin en başta ne olduğunu anlayamadım çünkü günümüzde normalleşmiş şeylerdi. Bu yüzden burada tuhaf olan ne diye dikkatlice bakmam gerekebildi. Fakat geneline bakarsak genelini anlamak kolay.
interesting take on the concept of feminism and role reversal, but never goes much deeper than "men be treated badly now".
I love the fact that not a word is needed to show every detail. Hats off to the actors and actresses for the serious-yet-funny situation portrayed.
The satirical view of Alice Guy on the issue reminds me of the movie I AM NOT AN EASY MAN (2018) .
El texto no es mío pero tenía ganas de compartirlo. Tiene más de cien años este corto, yo no lo puedo creer.
"Alice Guy (1873-1968) entre sus muchos honores, cuenta con el de haber dirigido la que posteriormente sería considerada la primera película narrativa o de ficción. Guy trabajaba como secretaria en la Compañía Gaumont en la época en la que los hermanos Lumière inventaron el cinematógrafo. Fascinada por el aparato, Guy comenzó a experimentar y en 1896 dirigió su primera película, de carácter narrativo, El hada de las coles. El éxito de la cinta hizo que Guy pasase a encargarse de la productora de la Gaumont, e iniciase una fructífera carrera en el cine. Sus aportaciones no se limitan…
Interesting mainly in how it’s ostensibly meant to mock feminism but does so by showing just how terrible women are treated. Besides that, just alright.
Muie machista jkkkkkkkkkkk
Everyone seems to claim this as some sort of feminist masterpiece. Well, I'm not buying it. Surely this might just as easily be construed as an attempt to ridicule the feminist movement, and a lazy one at that.
Alice Guy-Blaché: what if Alice was a guy? 😳
Either it's a sardonic take on the objectification of feminism (based) or a straight-up "Well, feminism would make everybody more manly!" (unbased)
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