Check out the talk I gave at last week’s screening of “Great Actresses of the Past,” at LA’s Central Library. I spoke about Réjane and O Réjane, and briefly introduced another of the greats, Minnie Maddern Fiske. I was lucky to be joined by Peter Rader, author of an upcoming book on Bernhardt and Duse, so he introduced them and their legendary rivalry. The silent film was accompanied beautifully by improv pianist Eric Schackne, whom I met briefly eons ago at iO West. Many, many thanks to Christina Rice and Jim Sherman at the Central Library for organizing the event.
If you are attending my talk & the screening of Great Actresses of the Past today, here is the transportational scoop.
On the red line: 7th & Metro is the best stop, followed by a short walk to the Central Library.
There is also parking under the Library which is accessible on Flower Street, just south of 5th (5th is a one way Street). With validation, parking costs $1 during library hours. After the library closes, it will cost $8.
This is an interesting discussion of why culture is necessary socially and economically.
Last night we pre-screened 16mm of fabulous. Thankfully the print of Great Actresses of the Past, on loan from MoMA Film Library, is great. See you all Thursday when the doyennes Réjane, Bernhardt, Duse and Fiske grace the silver screen – for free! http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/film-screening-great-actresses-past-16mm
Portrait of Réjane.
Cafe Pinot has offered to extend its happy hour menu ’til closing for those who attend the free screening of Great Actresses of the Past. There will be live music to accompany this rare, silent film. I’ll also be speaking about Réjane and O Réjane. For event details check out http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/film-screening-great-actresses-past-16mm.
Portrait posted with permission from Réjane’s family.
In celebration of my youngest daughter’s 6-month birthday, here she is in utero starring with me in Bun in the Oven 2: the Rebirth. Yup: we’re also playing ‘cello and rapping.
And lest her big sister feel left out, here she is with me in the original Bun in the Oven.
The splits at 28 weeks with Bun #2.
Réjane in “Madame Sans-Gêne,” the play she performs in the rare film “Great Actresses of the Past.”
Check out our listing by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy: http://frenchculture.org/visual-and-performing-arts/events/great-actresses-past
We’ve contacted some great companies about O Réjane sponsorship. If your company is interested in sponsoring a piece of Francophile history, please request our corporate sponsorship package.
Glad the fabulous Central Library programming is getting some love in the LA Times. Extra glad to have Réjane be a part of it in Great Actresses of the Past.
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