Copyright Â© 2004 by Camera Obscura Camera Obscura 56, Volume 19, Number 2 Published by Duke University Press 141 â¢ Camera Obscura audience, speaking to it in a âvoiceless languageâ capable of engaging some of the eraâs key social problems. âIâll tell you what Iâd like to be,â she said, âand that is, the editorial page of the Universal Company. My close study of the editorial page has taught me that it speaks with stentorian tones and that its effect is far reaching upon thousands of readers. I feel that like them, I can, in this motion picture ï¬eld, also deliver a message to the world in the plays we have in contemplation that will receive a ready and cheerful response from the better element of the big general public.â3 Consistent with this aim, Shoes tackled one of the progressive eraâs most pronounced social phenomena â the inï¬ux of young, single women into the paid labor force. The ï¬lm focuses on Eva Meyer (Mary MacLaren), a ï¬ve-and-dime store clerk whose meager $5-a-week salary must support her mother and father, along with three younger sisters, supplemented only by the limited income her mother earns by taking in laundry. Her
Camera Obscura – Duke University Press
Published: Jan 1, 2004
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