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A Suffragette in Spite of Himself (1912)

A man is arrested while posing as a woman and is saved by suffragettes.

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A man is arrested while posing as a woman and is saved by suffragettes.

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30 October 1912 (USA)  »

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Released as a split reel along with the documentary Copper Mines at Bingham, Utah (1912). See more »

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A well-made little gem
25 May 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was really surprised at how much I enjoyed this little movie. I had read two or three film-scholar essays that described it, and they didn't mention that it's actually still funny. I laughed out loud in more than one place. It probably helped that it doesn't have the nasty anti-suffragist caricatures that a number of shorts from the period have. But I think the main reason the film works is not because of the subject matter, but because it's well-made. The actors are good (they can explain things through pantomime while still remaining somewhat naturalistic), the plot is well-constructed, with each character given a motivation for their actions, and the camera-work is lovely. Much of the action takes place on well-framed shots of London streets, and there's a nice little bit at the end in which you see characters in the deep background through a window, which added an interesting layer. At the same time, the story does capture some of the topical details of the suffrage movement, so it sheds some light on beliefs of the time, while maintaining a light tone.


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