Tuesday, May 29, 2007

On the road again

Wow! I just received the program brochure (pictured above) for the 2007 San Francisco Silent Film Festival. This year, among other films, the festival is showing Beggars of Life (1928), starring Louise Brooks and Richard Arlen. Set among the hobo-camps of the American west, Brooks plays a girl - dressed as a boy - who murders her abusive step-father and goes on the run. It's a really fine film. And Brooks makes for one terrific cover girl on this brochure! Hope to see you at this year's festival !

Speaking of life on the road, later today I leave for New York City. I'll be attending the annual booksellers convention, as well as taking a few personal days to do some research in the Big Apple. I have an appointment scheduled at the Museum of the City of New, where I will be looking through their files on the 1924 George White Scandals and 1925 Ziegfeld Follies. (Brooks appeared in each show.) I will also be visiting the New York Public Library, where I plan to look through yet more reels of microfilm of the various New York and Brooklyn newspapers. And finally, I plan to spend a couple of days at the Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center, where I hope to look through files, personal papers, and scrapbooks belonging to Ruth St. Denis, Ted Shawn and Louis Horst - all of which relate to the Denishawn Dance Company and Brooks two-plus years as member of the company. What I'll find, I can't say. . . .  At Lincoln Center, I will also be looking through other scrapbooks and files and microfilm and magazines in search of material relating to Brooks' 24 films.

I will be back in a week's time, and will let everyone know what I find.

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