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  • Art Directors Guild spotlights Douglas Fairbanks and 'The Gaucho'

     Art Directors Guild spotlights Douglas Fairbanks and 'The Gaucho'
    One of Douglas Fairbanks' last and darkest swashbucklers, 1927's "The Gaucho," screens Sunday at the American Cinematheque's Egyptian Theatre with live music accompaniment by Cliff Retallick. Fairbanks plays an Argentine outlaw who dances a mean tango with newcomer Lupe Velez. His then wife, Mary Pickford, even has a cameo as the Virgin Mary. The Cinematheque and the Art Directors Guild Film Society are presenting "The Gaucho" with a spotlight on its production designer Carl Oscar Borg. Besides the film, there will be a panel discussion moderated by production designer John Muto and featuring Fairbanks expert John Tibbetts and Patricia Ward Kelly, the widow of Gene Kelly. The late musical comedy star was inspired by "The Gaucho" in such films as 1948's "The Pirate." For more information go to
  • Anna May Wong Biopic Planned at Fundamental Films

    Shanghai-based Fundamental Films is developing "Dragon Lady" about Anna May Wong, the first Chinese-American movie star. Producers have approached Chinese actress-singer Fan Bingbing for the lead role. Jonathan Keasey and Brant Boivin are writing the...

    Elaine Stritch -- A great life force passes on (but she's raising the roof someplace else, right now!)

    "SHE WAS very much Elaine, right until she died this morning." This is Elaine Stritch's nephew, Chris Bolton, calling me from Birmingham, Michigan Thursday morning. "She never really got over the operation she had when she moved back here recently."...

    The mysterious familiarity of King Paris

    The mysterious familiarity of King Paris
    As the festival's home of world music, Musikfest's Volksplatz venue has been a place to experience a smorgasbord of international sounds including African rhythms, Celtic harmonies and Siberian surf punk. On Saturday night, the sound of the subcontinent...