The Blot

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One of the great writer-directors of early Hollywood, and the most renowned female director of her era, Lois Weber was, at one time, the highest-paid director in Hollywood.During a career that lasted over 25 years, Weber started her own production company and directed over 40 features and hundreds of short films. South West Silents and HippFest present Lois Webers silent masterpiece with new score composed by Lillian Henley, part of South West Silents initiative Silent Women Film Pioneers.This intimate drama is a biting commentary on economic inequality. Through her portrait of the Griggs family an underpaid college professor, his long-suffering wife, and their daughter Amelia who is courted by three men from different social classes Weber reveals a society where keeping up with the Joneses is an issue of basic nutrition rather than material possession.Dir: Lois Weber| US | 1921 | cert U | bw | English intertitles | 1h 33m + introWith: Claire Windsor, Philip Hubbard, Margaret McWadePerforming live: Lillian Henley (piano)With an introduction by Pamela HutchinsonSupported by South West Silents

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