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Feb 16, 2019

Inspired by TIFF Lightbox's Winter 2019 Dorothy Arzner retrospective, Elise and Dave dive into a lengthy discussion of this absurdly neglected auteur's career and context.

On leg one of the journey, we examine WORKING GIRLS (1931), THE WILD PARTY (1929) and THE BRIDE WORE RED (1937), zeroing in on the director's penchant for dichotomously paired protagonists (Judith Wood/Dorothy Hall; Clara Bow/Shirley O'Hara; Joan Crawford/Joan Crawford - with MVP kibitzing from Mary Phillips), her unflinching analysis of patriarchal gender codes, and her Transcendental poetics of the Will-To-Efflorescence.