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.
Sat-Sun, Nov 18-19 at 11:30am, 2017
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.
Sat-Sun, Nov 25-26, 2017
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.
Sat-Sun, Dec 2-3, 2017
A compelling examination of a sordid cast, crew, and their sadistic director, all succumbing to the seductive chaos of the production process.
Sat-Sun, Dec 9-10, 2017
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.
Sat-Sun, Dec 16-17, 2017
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.
Sat-Sun, Nov 11-12 at 11:30am, 2017
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.