Saturday, February 21, 2009

New Feature

Another article from Motion Picture magazine, May, 1918.

Titled, "Chatter Culled on the Spot, or, Visiting the New Selznick Studio," the article follows the exploits of the author as she tries to get to the Bronx and interview a celebrity. Instead, she has a nice chat with the doorman, who fills her in on all the latest studio gossip. (Not really, but that's the set-up.)

Interesting for many reasons: The article features some information on Rita Jolivet, the stage and film actress and Lusitania survivor; and the studio in question is the studio of Lewis J. Selznick, father of David O. Selznick, legendary Hollywood producer (i.e. "Gone With the Wind," "Rebecca," and a few others). The studio would eventually move to California in 1920, where Selznick Senior would go bankrupt by 1923.

It's a glimpse into a time and place that there isn't really a whole lot of information about.

They're easy to miss, so don't: At the bottom of the page are links to sites on Jolivet, Selznick, and Florence Reed, whom our intrepid reporter finally gets to interview.


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