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Mary Pickford's M'LISS Screening at Pickford Institute

Theodore Roberts, Mary Pickford in Marshall Neilan's M'Liss; smaller photo: Joseph Yranski Mary Pickford was the definition of Movie Superstar from the early 1910s to the late 1920s. So popular and so powerful was Pickford that she, along with Douglas Fairbanks, Charles Chaplin, and D.W. Griffith, founded United Artists so as to have fuller artistic and financial control over her cinematic endeavors. Several years later, Pickford would be one of the co-founders of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Probably not coincidentally, she was the second Best Actress Academy Award winner, for her performance in the talkie Coquette. Those in the Los Angeles area unfamiliar with Pickford's work will be able to check her out at The Mary […]


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Mary Pickford's M'LISS Screening at Pickford Institute



Julie Andrews, Doris Day, Gloria Swanson, Lauren Bacall: NYPL's “High Fashion in the Movies” Series

Julie Andrews, Gloria Swanson, Lauren Bacall, Cary Grant, Linda Darnell, George Hamilton, Melvyn Douglas, and Louise Brooks are some of the female and male clotheshorses on parade in the New York Public Library's Performing Arts film series “Not Off the Rack: High Fashion in the Movies,” which kicks off on Tuesday, Sept. 21, at 2:30 p.m. The series will run every Tuesday through Oct. 26. Admission is free. Arranged by guest programmer Joseph Yranski, “Not Off the Rack” will present seven movies: the double bill Tonight or Never (1931) / Prix de beauté (1930), The Fan (1981), Star! (1968), That Touch of Mink (1962), Unfaithfully Yours (1948), and Love at First Bite (1979). Featured costume designers include Coco Chanel, Jean […]


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Julie Andrews, Doris Day, Gloria Swanson, Lauren Bacall: NYPL's “High Fashion in the Movies” Series



Silent Era Superstars Norma Talmadge & Constance Talmadge DVDs

Silent era superstars Norma Talmadge, Constance Talmadge at Norma's Santa Monica beach house Norma Talmadge and Constance Talmadge are the stars of two recent Kino International releases. Talmadges who? Well, just two of the most popular stars of the silent era. In fact, in terms of popularity they were two of the biggest stars of any era. Many more people today would be aware of that fact if a) cultural, social, and/or political history had its place in today's world b) more than a handful of film historians, chroniclers and critics knew that Gone with the Wind, The Wizard of Oz, It's a Wonderful Life, and Citizen Kane weren't the only four movies made before Star Wars and E.T. c) […]


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Silent Era Superstars Norma Talmadge & Constance Talmadge DVDs