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Florida Enchantment, A - Rent Only

Sydney Drew 1914 63 min. USA
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Based on an 1896 Broadway stage play, A Florida Enchantmentis an extraordinary resort-set silent comedy of cross-dressing and confusion. Frustrated by her fiancé's affairs with hotel maids, a New York heiress downs one of the magic seeds that change women into men. But after shaving her morning moustache, she exchanges ideas of revenge for the new-found pleasure of embracing other women! Hence begins a drama of bewildered sexual identity which rivals anything Hollywood ever later produced, like Some Like It Hot or All Of Me.

*Please note that while A Florida Enchantment offers some complexity about sex roles, it does not exercise the same thoughtfulness about ethnicity; like many films of the time, it is often disturbingly racist.*

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