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Silent Cinema and the Comedy of Birth: An Evening of Shorts (1896–1935)

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Where did babies come from, in the silent film era? This selection of short films provides a humorous answer to the question. From the cabbage patches of France to the baronial mansions of Japan, the hydrotherapy spas of Italy to the stork factories of the United States, we witness the burglaries, infidelities and deceptions intrinsic to these ‘slapstick pregnancies’.

Patrick Ellis will also present a paper to the Twentieth Century Think Tank on ‘The “Aeroplane Gaze”: Looking Up in 1909’ the following day, Thursday 12 March, in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science, 1–2pm.

This talk is part of the Reproduction on Film: Outlaws series.

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