“Best woman pretending to be a man movie” Joanna Cake saied. There are not so many storming before my inner eye … Yes, there is Eva MATTES (Ger., Eng.): She was working with FASSBINDER (Ger., Eng.) (1945-1982), later with HERZOG (Ger., Eng.), and portrayed HWF impressively in Ein Mann wie Eva (A Man like EVA) (1984). Well, yes … Neuer Deutscher Film and all … pass the Kokain. It is a Hosenrolle (Ger., Eng.) of course. Classical Hosenrollen, women pretending to be men, can be found in opera and operetta. And there is Portia in The Merchant of Venice (Ger., Eng., text).
The first film adaption of The Merchant dates from 1914: The first full length film directed by a woman, Lois WEBER (Ger., Eng.) (1881-1939), who also stars as Portia.
Lois WEBER is seemingly forgotten. Her blog sits there alone since 2008 … I found no video of her Merchant, and of course no clip showing her as Portia, only a very bad photography. I do not know which of the damn critics LIONHEART (known to the world under his nom de plume Vincent PRICE (Ger., Eng.) (1911-1993) chooses to receive the treatment Shylock ment to give to Antonio in Shakespeare’s play – in his adaption, Theater of Blood (Ger., Eng.), well, the critic surprisingly has a heart, so he pays his depths.
Theater of Blood is available on youtube. Here’s part one.