October 22, 2013, @ 8:00 pm
(Robert Vignola, US 1913, 38 min., 35mm)
As in a Looking Glass
(Stanner E. V. Taylor, US 1913, 41 min., 35mm)
Double Feature! Silent Tuesdays. “Vampires” in the early twentieth century referred to women who preyed on men’s sexual weaknesses and sapped their moral and physical strength, as in these two films, which predate the exploits of famous “vamp” Theda Bara. In keeping with the spookiness of the season, both films feature unsettling otherworldly qualities—The Vampire with its wild “Vampire Dance” filmed on a set placed in a brooding forest, and As in a Looking Glass’s tale of a victimized woman who turns on men and whose inner mind sees her motivations in existential, avant-garde visualizations. These are two of the most extraordinary early American films in the Eastman House collection, and As in a Looking Glass is lavishly tinted. Live musical accompaniment by Philip C. Carli.