ZHENSHCHINA ZAVTRASHEVO DNYA
WOMAN OF TOMORROW

R 1914, D Pyotr Chardynin, SC Aleksandr Voznesensky, C Boris Zavelev, P A. Khanzhonkov & Co. Ltd, Cast Vera Yureneva, Ivan Mozzhukhin, Maria Morskaya, Praskovya Maksimova, Print b/w, 35mm, 42 min, silent, Dutch INT with electronic German and English SUB, EYE Film Instituut Nederland

Woman doctors play a special role in the history of the women’s movement. They were the first women admitted to courses of academic study. Russian Nadezhda Suslova managed the breakthrough in 1867 at the University of Zurich. Others followed – especially Russians, who can be regarded as pioneers of women’s university studies. Woman of Tomorrow takes up this history by introducing a doctor as the woman of the future. The topic of the film, though, is the trained woman doctor practising her profession; how she lives with it and can live with it. It’s her problem, and the man she loves leaves her alone with it. He can look for compensation elsewhere, whereas she is not only an active doctor but a sought-after speaker in the struggle for women’s rights. Things that are self-evident and possible for married men – their profession takes precedence, and they have little time for their wives at home – is by no means true in the other direction, as the film shows. The woman eventually seems to face the choice between work or love. A second part of Woman of Tomorrow was filmed, showing that “tomorrow’s woman” does not revoke her decision in favour of work. Following this story to its end isn’t necessary since we have already seen that for this protagonist, love and work cannot be separated, any more than work can be separated from love. It’s a poignant moment. And the vital issue that our protagonist finally faces remains the same to this day (Heide Schlüpmann).

Accompanied on the piano by Ruth Bieri

Introduction by Barbara Wurm

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Acronyms
amer. American English
b/w Black and white
OV Original version
SUB Subtitles
+SUB electronic live subtitling (below the image)
INT Intertitles
Countries
AT Austria
FRG Federal Republic of Germany (historic)
BLR Belarus
DE Germany
CAN Canada
GDR German Democratic Republic (historic)
EGY Egypt
FR France
GB Great Britain
URY Uruguay
BRA Brasil
SWE Sweden
UKR Ukraine
PL Poland
IDN Indonesia
PRT Portugal
HRV Croatia
ECU Ecuador
HUN Hungary
AUS Australia
IT Italy
MEX Mexico
IND India
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