"The Music Box Cinema" at the historic Woman's Club of Hollywood, Saturday, August 7, 2021, 7:30 p.m., "The Man Who Had Everything" (1920) starring Jack Pickford, with Allison Anders in person!
World-renowned independent filmmaker Allison Anders will introduce a special screening of Jack Pickford in "The Man Who Had Everything" (1920), as Retroformat Silent Films returns to the legendary Woman's Club of Hollywood for our first "Music Box Cinema" presentation in over eighteen months! The event will include a live, 1920s-style musical revue/prologue, produced and directed by Retroformat Musical Director Cliff Retallick, who will also provide live, improvised piano accompaniment for the film.
Charming and charismatic, Jack Pickford’s contemporaries thought of him with fond indulgence as “Mary’s little brother,” an overgrown, mischievous schoolboy, who had found his female counterpart in beautiful Olive Thomas, who became his wife in 1918. Jack’s career was forever marked by the scandal of Olive’s death by poisoning. Although ruled accidental, the incident was the first of a series of major scandals that rocked Hollywood in the 1920s, and led to decades of speculation regarding Jack and Olive’s lifestyles.
We are excited to offer this rare screening of the film role that seemed to personify Jack Pickford. Pickford plays Harry Bullway, an irresponsible young man who is remorseless when he almost kills a blind beggar with his car. In response, the beggar places a curse on him, saying, “May you always have everything you want.”
The film will be screened from a rare 16mm print provided courtesy of the USC Hugh M. Hefner Moving Image Archive, and introduced by distinguished producer/writer/director Allison Anders, who has candidly described herself as “obsessed” by the lives of Jack Pickford and Olive Thomas. Her acclaimed body of work as a filmmaker includes “Gas Food Lodging” (1992), “Mi Vida Loca” (1993), “Grace of My Heart” (1996) and “Things Behind the Sun” (2001). She has been awarded a MacArthur Genius Grant as well as a Peabody Award.
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