The November 8th Show

Alicia Mayer and Will McKinley have got quite a show for you this weekend! Your hosts welcome three classic film stalwarts: Lou Lumenick, Farran Nehme and Eve Golden.
Letty Lynton film Joan Crawford

Joan Crawford wears an iconic Adrian gown in Letty Lynton.

Joan Crawford wears an iconic Adrian gown in Letty Lynton.

Except for some shadowy bootlegged copies, you are more likely to travel to the moon than to watch Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer’s Letty Lynton (1932) on a classic film TV channel or at a film festival.

Directed by Clarence Brown and starring Joan Crawford, Robert Montgomery, Nils Asther and May Robson, the film remains unavailable due to a 90-year-old copyright decision that ruled the movie plagiarized Dishonored Lady (1930) by Edward Sheldon and Margaret Ayer Barnes without acquiring the rights to the play or giving credit. A subsequent appeal by MGM also failed.

Lou Lumenick and the “Shadow of Russia”

Film historian and chief film critic of the New York Post Lou Lumenick will discuss Letty Lynton and other out-of-circulation films. Lou also co-programmed the TCM series “Shadow of Russia” and introduced films at the Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of the Moving Image, the Brooklyn Academy of Music and the TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood, so Will and Alicia will have plenty to talk about!
John Gilbert Photoplay 1925

Silent film star John Gilbert in Photoplay Magazine, 1925.

Loved by Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich, Lupe Velez, Barbara La Marr and many others,

Silent film star John Gilbert in Photoplay Magazine, 1925.

John Gilbert, the handsome, mercurial matinee idol, who inspired the 2010 film The Artist, was MGM’s top male star – until suddenly, he wasn’t. What happened to a career that rivaled Rudolph Valentino’s? Was it his voice, a feud with Louis B. Mayer, changing tastes, or his own hubris?

Your hosts will speak with biographer Eve Golden, whose book John Gilbert: The Last of the Silent Film Stars (University of Kentucky Press), has been called “a sympathetic but honest portrait” of a charismatic and troubled star of the silver screen. Eve is the author of six theater and film biographies; her articles on film history have also been collected into two anthologies.
Missing Reels novel by Farran Nehme

“Simply grand; this tale begs to be filmed.” —Kirkus Starred Review

“Simply grand; this tale begs to be filmed.” —Kirkus Starred Review

If ever there was a member of the early and classic film community who would be voted most likely to write a romantic mystery about two hardcore silent movie fans who fall in love while searching for missing films, it would be Farran Nehme.

Missing Reels, Farran’s new novel from Overlook Press, is released next week but has already attracted rave reviews. Known to many in the classic film world as the Self-Styled Siren, thanks to her highly regarded long-running blog of the same name, Farran is also a member of the New York Film Circle and a critic for the New York Post (along with her comrade, Lou Lumenick). Her film writing has appeared in The Baffler, The New York Times, Barron’s Magazine, Cineaste Magazine, Moving Image Source and web-based publications, such as Fandor.

Farran has also written essays for The Criterion Collection on David Lean’s This Happy Breed, Alfred Hitchcock’s 1934 version of The Man Who Knew Too Much, Ingmar Bergman’s Autumn Sonata, and most recently, Lewis Allen’s The Uninvited.

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