Title Lois Weber, or the exigency of writing
Author William D. Routt
Issue Issue 12, 2001.
This essay compares Lois Weber's film making with writing, specifically writing "outside language" as described by Maurice Blanchot. After two square-up sections (on Blanchot's ideas of writing and on Astruc's camera stylo), Weber's claims as a film author are outlined, followed by a section dealing with ways in which her work at times seems to point "outside" cinema language and another dealing with ways in which the cinema inadvertently displays itself in her film, Hypocrites. A short section listing the titles of surviving films is appended to the main text. The writing style is needlessly, and self-consciously, precious.