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The Cheat (1915): Articles


National Film Registry: Lesbian Western & Asian-American Musical Among Entries

Johnny Guitar with Joan Crawford. This December 2008, the U.S. Library of Congress' National Film Registry has added 25 films – both shorts and features – to its preservation roster. One of them is Nicholas Ray's 1954 psychological Western Johnny Guitar, starring Joan Crawford, by then a three-decade film veteran, as Arizona cattle town saloon keeper Vienna; Sterling Hayden as the tall, laconic, and handsome title character; and Mercedes McCambridge as a rifle-toting type whose hatred for Vienna can only be explained one way: unbridled, unbounded, uncontrolled, and unrequited passion. Based on a novel by Roy Chanslor, Johnny Guitar was written by blacklistee Ben Maddow; Philip Yordan was his credited front. Sterling Hayden, by the way, had another movie added […]


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National Film Registry: Lesbian Western & Asian-American Musical Among Entries



Sessue Hayakawa: Pioneering East Asian Hollywood Star

Sessue Hayakawa: Pioneering East Asian actor in Old Hollywood Japanese-born actor Sessue Hayakawa, a Hollywood star in the 1910s, is discussed in Anthony Venutolo's The Star-Ledger article “Cinema can't keep up with Hayakawa's strides”: Progress is never a straight line. Gains are made and lost, breakthroughs braked by backlashes. Lasting change is less a result of revolution than evolution – minds slowly won, hearts gradually softened. Which is why the enlightened past can sometimes feel like the far-off future. Today, Asian actors are coldly marginalized. Yet 90 years ago, one of Hollywood's biggest stars was Japanese. He co-starred opposite white actresses. He even ran his own production company – a first for a minority performer. His career as an American […]


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