According to film historian Anthony Slide, Florence Lois Weber “was the American cinema’s first genuine auteur, a filmmaker involved in all aspects of production and one who utilized the motion picture to put across her own ideas and philosophies.” She’s also been called the most important female director in the history of American film. It’s amazing that she was making movies in a time when women were still battling for the right to vote.
This is the story of a small town girl turned Long Island jazz baby Egypt Hagen (Billie Dove) who can’t be tamed, not even by the minister who seeks to save her. The dancing scenes are filled with passion matched only by the spectacle close of a shipwreck.
Kino Lorber has released Sensation Seekers and A Chapter In Her Life on blu ray, with 2K restorations by Universal Pictures and commentary on this film by Shelley Stamp, who wrote Lois Weber in Early Hollywood.
This is a recommended purchase, as its an opportunity to see the start of Hollywood and learn the story of an important female artist whose story has not been told nearly enough.