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Lady in the DarkIris Barry and the Art of Film$
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Robert Sitton

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780231165785

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231165785.001.0001

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Cracking Hollywood

Cracking Hollywood

Chapter:
(p.195) 18 Cracking Hollywood
Source:
Lady in the Dark
Author(s):

Robert Sitton

Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231165785.003.0018

This chapter focuses on the daunting task of building a collection for the film library. In August 1935, at a dinner party hosted by Mary Pickford and her husband, Douglas Fairbanks, Sr., Iris Barry addressed a glittering crowd and invited their involvement in establishing the film library. Iris assured the industry's leaders that their films would be respected, projected whole, and in an educational context. Above all she offered them immortality, the promise that their films would outlive them and guarantee them a place in history. The Abbotts' appeal resulted in pledges of films from Mary Pickford, Harold Lloyd, Samuel Goldwyn, Walter Wanger, and Walt Disney. Having primed the pump in Hollywood, and sold many educational institutions on the idea of a film library, it remained for Iris and Abbott to determine the criteria by which films would be included in the library. Their decisions would set a pattern for curatorial practice in nontheatrical film.

Keywords:   Dick Abbott, films, motion pictures, film library, Hollywood

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