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Germaine DulacA Cinema of Sensations$
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Tami Williams

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780252038471

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252038471.001.0001

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The Great War and Dulac’s First Films

The Great War and Dulac’s First Films

(p.45) Chapter 2 The Great War and Dulac’s First Films
Germaine Dulac

Tami Williams

University of Illinois Press

This chapter focuses on Dulac's wartime activism and literary writings, as well as the debut of her film career—from her first activities as a film producer for Pathé (La Lumière du coeur, 1916) to her first directorial efforts (Soeurs ennemies to Le Bonheur des autres, 1917–18)—and evaluates the historical significance of her incursion into and negotiated course within the French film industry as a female artist and entrepreneur. A close examination of archival sources documenting Dulac's early professional activities provides insight into her humanist egalitarianism, universalism, and her strong belief in the emancipatory potential of art, as well as her early rhetorical strategies.

Keywords:   Germaine Dulac, wartime activism, Pathé, La Lumière du coeur, Soeurs ennemies, Le Bonheur des autres, French film industry, female artists, humanist egalitarianism, universalism

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