Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Trailblazing repeats

Well, I don't think the Trailblazing Women series is repeating movies they ran earlier in the month or last year, but I notice that some of tonight's lineup is interesting movies I've blogged about before. Tonight's schedule seems to be on minority women breaking barriers, co-hosted by Rita Moreno, although I don't recall who appears in the first selection, In This Our Life at 8:00 PM. (I recall the young black man who wants to become a lawyer, but which actress played his mother I'd have to look up.)

At 12:30 AM there's Picadilly. This is a very enjoyable silent featuring Anna May Wong, who certainly was trailblazing, as one of the first successful Asian-American actresses.

That's followed at 2:30 AM by Bright Road, featuring Dorothy Dandridge as a black schoolteacher; there's another woman who was a trailblazer. She was also the first black person to be nominated for an Oscar in the leading (not Supporting) acting categories, when she was nominated for Carmen Jones in 1954).

Finally, something that has nothing to do with trailblazing women but is worth another watch: The Case Against the 20% Federal Admissions Tax on Motion Picture Theatres, which follows Bright Road at about 3:48 AM.

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