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Irving Thalberg's MGM

Classic Film Series
October 29 - November 2
To celebrate the publication of Mark A. Vieira's new book, Hollywood Dreams Made Real: Irving Thalberg's M-G-M, the Rafael presents some rare treasures from this legendary producer. Called Hollywood's "Boy Wonder," Irving Thalberg was running Universal Pictures at the age of 20 and M-G-M at 23. From 1924 to his untimely death in 1936, he supervised more than 400 M-G-M films and sculpted the star images of Greta Garbo, Joan Crawford, Norma Shearer, Clark Gable, Lon Chaney and Jean Harlow, among others. Thalberg also pioneered many of today's filmmaking practices, including story conferences, sneak previews and the resulting retakes. Mark A. Vieira's beautiful and richly illustrated new volume tells the story of Thalberg's short but productive life and confirms his role as the prime architect of the Hollywood studio system. Vieira will sign copies of the book, available for purchase at the Rafael during his appearances on October 29 and 30.

FILMS IN SERIES

Red Dust
Presented by Mark A. Vieira
Followed by discussion and book signing.
Wednesday, October 29, 7:00

The Merry Widow
Presented by Mark A. Vieira
Followed by discussion and book signing.

Thursday, October 30, 7:00

Private Lives
Presented by Mick LaSalle
Followed by discussion.
Sunday, November 2, 7:00

Playing at the Rafael Film Center
Oct 29 2008 - Nov 2 2008