The Social Secretary

  • John Emerson /
  • USA /
  • 1916 /
  • 52 mins

Erich von Stroheim, Helen Weer, Norma Talmadge, Gladden James / Fiction

Celebrity culture is nothing new. Nor is sexual harassment in the workplace...

Please note that this film is screening in a double-bill with His Picture in the Papers.

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A rare chance to catch two early feature films by Anita Loos, directed by her husband and starring some of the biggest names of the silent era. His Picture in the Papers, which tells of a young man striving to become famous in order to impress his sweetheart, marked the beginning of a lengthy collaboration between Anita and actor Douglas Fairbanks Sr. (With characteristic modesty, she claimed that writing for him primarily consisted of coming up with things for him to jump off or leap over.) The Social Secretary stars glamorous Norma Talmadge, another regular Anita collaborator, as a young woman who must play down her charms in order to evade unwanted attention at work. Erich von Stroheim co-stars.

Live piano accompaniment by Forrester Pyke.

2007 Archive

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