Friday, July 9, 2010

Theda Bara at Heritage Square!

· Silent and Classic Movie Nights! Saturdays, July 10, 17, and 24, gates open at 7:30 pm., movies being approximately at 8 p.m.
In celebration of the 90th anniversary of women receiving the right to vote, the museum is proud to feature films of some of the best female stars of Hollywood’s Golden Era, including L
ouise Brooks, Norma Shearer, Theda Bara, Joan Crawford, Rosalind Russell, Joan Fontaine and Clara Bow.

Saturday, July 10 includes a double feature. First, A Fool was There (1915), one of only a handful of Theda Bara films that still exists, where she stars as a “Vamp” set out to ruin the lives of respectable men! The second film is The Show-Off (1925) a comedy starring Louise Brooks, about an insufferable braggart who disrupts the lives of a middle-class family by pretending to be much, much more than he really is.

On Saturday, July 17 the museum will show the 1939 comedy, The Women. With an incredible cast of stars of the time (Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, Rosalind Russell, Paulette Goddard, and Joan Fontaine), The Women puts the viewer in the middle of 1939 New York high society among a tangled web of relationships gone bad, lovers reunited and everything in between. This film made history with its all female cast. In fact, all of the roles in the movie (over 130 of them) were all played by women, and the every animal that was used in the film were female as well. Although men are much talked about throughout the film, not a single male is seen in the movie.

On July 24th, the museum will present An Evening with Clara Bow, celebrating the life and legacy of the woman who would come to define the Roaring Twenties. Brought up in near poverty in Brooklyn, New York, Clara Bow became one of the best know silent actresses, staring in nearly 60 movies in her career. Best known as the uninhibited flapper, she became Hollywood’s "It Girl" in 1927 with her roles as Betty Lou Spence in “It” and then as Mary Preston in “Wings”.

Admission to the Silent and Classic Movie Nights is free for museum members and a $10.00 donation for the general public. These special screenings will take place on the lawn near the Palms Depot. Guests are encouraged to bring chairs or blankets to sit on, a small picnic to eat before the movies begin, and warm clothing. Beverages and snacks will be available for purchase. Gates open at 7:30 p.m. for picnics with the show starting each Saturday after 8:00 p.m.

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