• The Little Princess

    1939. USA. Walter Lang. 91 min.

Friday, September 12, 2008, 5:30 p.m.

Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1

  • The Little Princess

    1939. USA. Directed by Walter Lang. Screenplay by Ethel Hill, Walter Ferris, based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett. With Shirley Temple. The Little Princess was Temple's first Technicolor film, and possibly her most popular work of all. Dalí references the work in his fantastic and grotesque collage painting Shirley Temple, the Youngest, Most Sacred Monster of the Cinema in her Time (1939), which contains a label proclaiming, "Shirley!...at last in TECHNICOLOR." Depicting one of Hollywood's most popular and bankable stars as a chimera with talons, a red fur-covered body, and a bat sitting atop her head was an audacious move on Dalí's part; the painting can be read as a sardonic observation on the role of a child as a commodity in the film industry. Print courtesy Twentieth Century-Fox. 91 min.

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