The Sound of Silents: The Dumb Girl of Portici

Category: Film & Movies

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Thursday, September 14, 2017


7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Toledo Museum of Art
2445 Monroe Street
Toledo, OH 43620

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In the early 20th century, no woman had greater worldwide fame than ballet dancer and choreographer Anna Pavlova. In The Dumb Girl of Portici (1916, 112 minutes), she plays Fenella, a wordless fisher-girl living during the Spanish occupation of Naples in the mid-17th century who is seduced and abandoned by a Spanish nobleman. Pavlova is directed by Lois Weber who was the outstanding woman filmmaker, writer and producer of the silent era. Long overdue for recognition as one of Weber’s finest creations and a landmark in women’s cinema, The Dumb Girl of Portici was the first blockbuster ever directed by a woman – and arguably the only epic shot by a woman in the 20th century. Tickets are available for purchase in advance at, or in the Peristyle box office or Herrick Lobby the day of the event.

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