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Lightbox Film Center
3701 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104
UCLA FESTIVAL OF PRESERVATION SCREENING
While often overlooked by the lens of contemporary cinema, Constance Talmadge was one of the silent era's most popular and brightest comedic stars, making nearly 50 feature films before retiring as an independently wealthy woman in 1929. Talmadge initially found fame playing the Mountain Girl in D.W. Griffith's Intolerance (1916), and subsequently set up her own production company (overseen by brother-in-law Joseph M. Schenck) in order to create her own feature films. Good References was her sixth and final release of 1920, with a plot revolving around a down-on-her-luck woman named Mary (played by Talmadge) whose lack of references makes it impossible for her to gain employment. When a friend falls ill, Mary impersonates her in order to take a job as secretary to an elderly socialite. Things immediately start going downhill when she is tasked to introduce a ne'er-do-well nephew to high society—but ends up bailing him out of a string of scandals instead.
R. William Neill, US, 1920, 35mm, 60 min., b/w, Silent w/ live accompaniment
Preservation funded by The Packard Humanities Institute, Barbara Roisman Cooper and Martin M. Cooper
A mischievous vagabond infiltrates a bourgeois household in this newly discovered one-reel comedy by the pioneering female director Alice Guy.
Alice Guy, US/France/The Netherlands, 1911, 35mm, 12 min., b/w Silent w/ Dutch intertitles
Restored by UCLA Film & Television Archive with funding provided by New York Women in Film & Television's Women's Film Preservation Trust and The Film Foundation
The UCLA Festival of Preservation is Co-Presented by Louis Bluver.