“A FLORIDA ENCHANTMENT was the first and one of the very few films to deal with the sexual characteristics of men and women entirely through the use of farcical impersonation … The male impersonation by Vitagraph star Edith Storey is impeccable and visually uncanny."
-THE CELLULOID CLOSET
Based on an 1896 Broadway stage play, A Florida Enchantment is an extraordinary resort-set silent comedy of cross-dressing and confusion. Frustrated by her fiance’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 newfound 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.
After the film stay for a special performance by Miami drag artists Jupiter Velvet.
Florida in Focus is a series of queer films focused on the state of Florida. With the series we are examining the state's queer past, present and future. This series includes SOME LIKE IT HOT (June 17), MOONLIGHT (June 24), THE NOTORIOUS BETTIE PAGE (July 8) and A FLORIDA ENCHANTMENT (JULY 29).
The series is free and open to the public from the generous support of the Florida Humanities Council. Further support from Norton Herrick Center for Motion Picture Studies, the City of Coral Gables, Miami-Dade Cultural Affairs, Coral Gables Community Foundation, and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation makes the Flaming Classics series possible.
Directed by Sidney Drew.
USA. 63minutes. 2k Digital Projection.