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In this program, Nein examines the complex history of women in Hollywood through two stories that bridge two dramatically different eras.

Nein is joined by special guest Karina Longworth, longtime editor and film critic for LA Weekly and Village Voice and creator of the phenomenal podcast You Must Remember This. Longworth’s new book, Seduction: Sex, Lies and Stardom in Howard Hughes’ Hollywood, probes the inner workings of Hollywood’s Golden Age through a group portrait of the many, many women who were involved, professionally and/or romantically, with millionaire mogul and prolific womanizer Howard Hughes (among them Billie Dove, Ida Lupino, Katharine Hepburn, Ava Gardner, Lana Turner, Jean Harlow, and Jane Russell). Discussing this fascinating exploration of power, sex, censorship, and commoditized male desire in Hollywood, she’ll even throw in a few revelations that are not in the book.

In a brief prologue, the program will explore the silent era and a forgotten heyday of women screenwriters and directors in Hollywood: pioneers such as Alice Guy Blaché (almost certainly the first woman to direct films), Lois Weber, Frances Marion, Gener Gauntier, Dorothy Arzner, Jeanie MacPherson, Zora Neale Hurston, and many others. A short video segment with Jane Gaines, scholar and originator of the Women Film Pioneers Project, will look at the work of a few of these artists: why we know so little about them, and how some of their films are finally coming to light.

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LFLA Members are invited to enjoy an exclusive reception following the program.

Lost & Found at the Movies is generously supported by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association

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Karina Longworth

Karina Longworth is the creator, writer and host of You Must Remember This, a podcast on the secret and forgotten history of 20th century Hollywood. A former film editor of the LA Weekly and critic for the Village Voice, she is the author of four previous books, including Hollywood Frame by Frame and Meryl Streep: Anatomy of an Actor. She lives in Los Angeles.


John Nein

John Nein is a Senior Programmer at the Sundance Film Festival and deals primarily with U.S. and international feature films. He also plans the festival’s panels and runs the Institute’s film preservation initiative. John grew up in Europe and the U.S., studied history at Carleton College, and earned his MFA from UCLA’s Film Directing program, where he made several award-winning shorts and lobbied tirelessly for better coffee in the vending machines.


Main Image: Seduction: Sex, Lies, and Stardom in Howard Hughes’s Hollywood (book cover)


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