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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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New Work, Old Acquaintances

New Work, Old Acquaintances

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Lady in the Dark

Robert Sitton

Columbia University Press

This chapter focuses on events from 1938–39. In the summer of 1938 Jimmy Ernst, the son of surrealist painter Max Ernst, was sent as a teenager to America to escape deportation to Germany from occupied France. After traveling throughout the United States and holding numerous menial jobs in New York, he was referred to Iris Barry by the surrealist gallery owner Julien Levy. Ernst was eventually hired as a mail boy where he developed a worm's-eye view of the Film Library's operations. Ernst regarded Iris as “the soul of the Film Library.” Near the end of 1939 as war in Europe spread menacingly, Iris also found herself revisited by two men from her past: Ezra Pound and Wyndham Lewis.

Keywords:   Jimmy Ernst, Film Library, Museum of Modern Art, Ezra Pound, Wyndham Lewis

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