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What Price Hollywood

April 08, 2019 – April 20, 2019

The Museum of Modern Art

In conjunction with the What Price Hollywood gallery exhibition, the accompanying film series takes a focused look back at the nature of sexual politics on screen. During the studio system’s “golden age,” empowered star turns by Barbara Stanwyck, Louise Brooks, Bette Davis, and Gloria Grahame often simultaneously upheld gender norms and hinted at alternative models of sexual identity. While later players, like Peggy Cummins in Gun Crazy, Marlene Clark and Duane Jones inGanja & Hess, or Divine in Female Trouble, were given license to subvert gender limitations altogether.

The accompanying gallery series What Price Hollywood may be found here

Organized by Ron Magliozzi, Curator, and Brittany Shaw, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Film.

The exhibition is supported by the Annual Film Fund. Leadership support for the Annual Film Fund is provided by the Kate W. Cassidy Foundation and Steven Tisch, with major contributions from Jo Carole and Ronald S. Lauder, Association of Independent Commercial Producers (AICP), Yuval Brisker Charitable Foundation, The Brown Foundation, Inc., of Houston, Marlene Hess and James D. Zirin, Karen and Gary Winnick, and The Junior Associates of The Museum of Modern Art.

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A Free Soul. 1931. USA. Directed by Clarence Brown. Photo courtesy of Photofest

Clash by Night. 1952. USA. Directed by Fritz Lang

Diary of a Lost Girl. 1929. Germany. Directed by G.W. Pabst

Female Trouble. 1974. USA. Directed by John Waters.

Ganja & Hess. 1973. USA. Directed by Bill Gunn. . Photo courtesy of Photofest

Gun Crazy. 1950. USA. Directed by Joseph H. Lewis. Photo courtesy of Photofest

In A Lonely Place. 1950. USA. Directed by Nicholas Ray. Photo courtesy of Photofest

Marked Woman. 1937. USA. Directed by Lloyd Bacon. Photo courtesy of Photofest

Midnight. 1939. USA. Directed by Mitchell Leisen. Photo courtesy of Photofest

The Scarlet Empress. 1934. USA. Directed by Josef von Sternberg. Photo courtesy of Photofest

Sylvia Scarlett. 1935. USA. Directed by George Cukor. Photo courtesy of Photofest

The Good Fairy. 1935. USA. Directed by William Wyler

What Price Hollywood. 1932. USA. Directed by George Cukor. Photo courtesy of Photofest