Program 71 min.
Maude Adams and Laurette Taylor Screen Tests. 1938. USA. Directed by David O. Selznick. 16 min.
An interesting behind-the-scenes look at the process of screen-testing actresses Maude Adams, Janet Gaynor, and Laurette Taylor for the 1938 film Young in Heart. Preservation funded by the Louis B. Mayer Foundation and NYWIFT’s Women’s Film Preservation Fund.
A Fool and His Money. 1912. USA. Directed by Alice Guy-Blaché. Silent, with piano accompaniment by Ben Model. 10 min.
A Fool and His Money, the first American film featuring an all African American cast, tells the age-old story of a man who finds a wallet full of money, becomes everyone's friend, gets swindled, loses it all, and is cast out. Preserved with support from NYWIFT’s Women’s Film Preservation Fund.
That Man of Mine. 1947. USA. Directed by Leonard Anderson. 45 min.
With Ruby Dee. A charming musical about an African American music-production company trying to put together a show, featuring The International Sweethearts of Rhythm and a young and alluring Ruby Dee. Among the film’s treasures is its depiction of African American women as beautiful, intelligent, and resourceful—so far from the usual Hollywood studio portrayals. Preserved with support from NYWIFT’s Women’s Film Preservation Fund.