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Volume 4, Issue 3
  • ISSN: 2042-7891
  • E-ISSN: 2042-7905

Abstract

Abstract

In the 1910s, the Finnish-Swedish film-maker Mauritz Stiller directed a series of comedies that took up suffrage, women in the workplace, eugenics, dress reform and womanliness as masquerade. I argue that these films, and Thomas Graal�s Best Child in particular, used comedy to contest the melodramatic tenor of these debates by modelling a light-hearted, cosmopolitan attitude towards social change.

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2014-09-01
2024-07-19
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  • Article Type: Article
Keyword(s): comedy; eugenics; feminism; Mauritz Stiller; parenting; silent film
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