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Dec 11, 2020

In the inaugural episode of our Clara Bow Acteurist Oeuvre-view series, we discuss the general outline of Bow's life and career, consider her two first major film roles, and venture a few working hypotheses. She's easily the best thing in Down to the Sea in Ships (1922), the film that introduced her to the public, as a playful tomboy. Directed by D. W. Griffith alumnus Elmer Clifton, it starts the trend of contrasting Bow with a more antiquated form of womanhood as film, and culture in general, struggles to emerge from the Victorian era. Black Oxen (1923), directed by Frank Lloyd, takes a sci fi approach to this theme, and plants the “flapper” label on Bow—which, we decide, is incorrect.  

Time Codes:

0h 01m 00s:             Brief Bow Intro

0h 18m 44s:            Down to the Sea in Ships (1922) [dir: Elmer Clifton]

0h 36m 03s:            Black Oxen (1923) [dir: Frank Lloyd]      


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“What’s Yr Take on Cassavetes?” – Le Tigre