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"The film [Something New] was financed by the Maxwell-Briscoe Motor Company and, as such, has been dismissed by some critics as merely an extended and somewhat melodramatic commercial for the off-road capacities of the Maxwell automobile. But [Nell] Shipman's collaboration with the automaker represents less a capitulation of art to commerce than a strategic alliance enabling her independence from the equally commercial and increasingly patriarchal studio system."
-- Jennifer Parchesky

Parchesky, Jennifer. "Women in the Driver's Seat: The Auto-Erotics of Early Women's Films." Film History 18, no. 2 (2006). (p. 178)