'A Woman of Paris' Movie: Charles Chaplin Goes Dramatic

Edna Purviance (left), A Woman of Paris I must admit that I'm not a fan of Charles Chaplin's comedies. Heresies aside, I did very much enjoy Chaplin's dramatic A Woman of Paris, an attempt to turn his frequent leading lady Edna Purviance into a star. Despite rumors to the contrary, A Woman of Paris was a box office success; even so, Purviance's career never took […]

'Yellow Face' in Hollywood + Tom Cruise & Meryl Streep & Robert Redford Premiere: AFI FEST

Paul Muni is a Jewish-Austrian-Hungarian Chinese in The Good Earth. Today it'd have been simpler. Muni would have been merely a Jewish-Ukrainian Chinese. Hollywood Chinese, Arthur Dong's documentary about the portrayal of Chinese and Chinese-Americans in Hollywood films, will have its Los Angeles premiere at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, at the AFI FEST 2007, held at the ArcLight theater complex in Hollywood. Recently nominated […]

How to Sell Your Soul: Must-See Long-Thought-Lost Classic Resurfaces in Restored Print

Souls for Sale with Eleanor Boardman and Barbara La Marr. Long before Hollywood became the target of relentless political attacks for being out of touch with the values of God-fearing, mom-loving, apple-pie-eating Americans, Sodom-on-the-Pacific was the favorite target of U.S. religious and “conservative” social leaders – which could have resulted in federal censorship laws spelling doom to the Los Angeles-based American film industry. Despite its titillating […]