• Certification: PG
  • Country: USA
  • Release year: 1916
  • Run time: 60 minutes
  • Genre: Drama, Classic



Part of

60 minutes


DIRECTOR: Lois Weber

WITH: Mary MacLaren, Harry Griffith, Mattie Witting

This screening will be introduced by writer and silent film specialist Pamela Hutchinson.

Silent film with live piano accompaniment by John Sweeney.

Young shop assistant Eva Meyer, sole wageearner for a family of six, is driven to desperate measures by her urgent need for a new pair of shoes. The central performance of Mary MacLaren (a discovery of director Lois Weber) is subtle, natural and deeply affecting. A remarkably sophisticated slice of storytelling, Shoes is also a fascinating time capsule of urban working-class life in 1916, with some brilliant location shooting on the streets of Los Angeles. Restored by the EYE Filmmuseum, Amsterdam.


Showing with:


USA, 1913, 10 mins. 

Directed by and starring Lois Weber.

Silent film with live piano accompaniment by John Sweeney.

Lois Weber directs and stars in this mini-thriller with its pioneering use of split-screen.


We are delighed that Pamela Hutchinson, UK expert on Lois Weber, will introduce the screening.

Pamela Hutchinson is a freelance writer and film critic who blogs about silent cinema at as well as contributing regularly to Sight & Sound and the Guardian. She is the author of the BFI Film Classic on Pandora’s Box.



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