Film Series: Vamp - It (1927)
Gloria Swanson, Greta Garbo, Lillian Gish, Joan Crawford, Clara Bow: the most well-known faces of the silent film era — and the first American superstars of the modern age. Join Fresh City Life as we highlight the beautiful and talented women who helped to launch a new art form. These pre-sound movie icons were masters of telling a story with an artful gesture or a meaningful look. We’ve scheduled five great films and we’ll let you know about other great silent films in our collection, too.
Directed by Clarence Badger. Starring Clara Bow.
“Long before the term ever became fashionable amongst the glitterati, Clara Bow was the original It Girl, way back in 1927. This was the film that really launched her into the public imagination (though she had been acting for many years prior to this). Bow was the very embodiment of everything womanhood in the 1920s stood for; on screen she was usually cast as a typical “flapper” girl, fast living, partying, dancing, make up wearing and flouting conventions. Never were these notions more apparent than in It — a phrase first coined by Elinor Glyn, a British novelist of the period, renowned for her free thinking and attitudes towards eroticism and sex. ‘It’ was a term she specifically coined to refer to sex appeal. Something Bow had aplenty.” — Imogen Reed, classicfilmfreak.com. 72 minutes. Not rated.