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Fifty Cents For Your Soul: Women and the Show Business Boys' Club

Fifty Cents For Your Soul: Women and the Show Business Boys' Club

Marilyn Monroe famously said, “Hollywood's a place where they'll pay you a thousand dollars for a kiss, and fifty cents for your soul.” In light of news about Hollywood’s worst-kept secrets amidst a culture of rampant sexual assault and intimidation, we present films that explore the troubling power dynamics that have plagued the industry from its beginnings. We can only hope the next era brings a revolution of new classics that tell the show business story from a woman’s perspective. Until then, we offer a look at the status quo with a keen understanding of the price female artists have paid to do the work they love.

See Also: Hollywood’s Gender Problem: A Three-Part Seminar

Upcoming Screenings

BOMBSHELL

BOMBSHELL

Glamorous Hollywood film star Lola Burns (Jean Harlow) earnestly schemes to reinvent her popular screen persona to escape parasitic family members and the vile chief of her studio’s PR unit in this relentless pre-code screwball farce.

42nd STREET

42nd STREET

This mother-of-all backstage musicals exposes the great drama that goes on behind the curtain of a down-on-his-luck Broadway director’s ambitious final production.

BEWARE OF A HOLY WHORE

BEWARE OF A HOLY WHORE

A compelling examination of a sordid cast, crew, and their sadistic director, all succumbing to the seductive chaos of the production process.

DANCE, GIRL, DANCE

DANCE, GIRL, DANCE

Ballet meets burlesque when two dancers, demure Maureen O'Hara and genius of “oomph” Lucille Ball, strive to preserve their integrity while making a living on their own terms.

IN A LONELY PLACE

IN A LONELY PLACE

Just when a Hollywood screenwriter (Humphrey Bogart) sparks up a romance with his neighbor (Gloria Grahame), the police suspect him of the murder of a young coat check girl he brought home to help him with a script.


Completed Screenings

JANE B. PAR AGNÈS V.

JANE B. PAR AGNÈS V.

Left Bank/French New Wave filmmaker Agnés Varda affectionately captures the disarming, humble essence of English-French icon Jane Birkin in a whimsical docudrama inspired by Birkin’s 40th birthday.

 

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