In the 1910s, the Finnish-Swedish film-maker Mauritz Stiller directed a series of comedies that took up suffrage, women in the workplace, eugenics, dress reform and womanliness as masquerade. I argue that these films, and Thomas Graals Best Child in particular, used comedy to contest the melodramatic tenor of these debates by modelling a light-hearted, cosmopolitan attitude towards social change.

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Journal Journal of Scandinavian Cinema
Horak, L. (2014). Sex, politics and Swedish silent film: Mauritz Stiller's feminism comedies of the 1910s. Journal of Scandinavian Cinema, 4(3), 193–208. doi:10.1386/jsca.4.3.193_1