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Dolores del Río

Dolores del Río – AFI Catalog Spotlight

In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, the AFI Catalog shines a spotlight on Dolores del Río, the first Mexican actress to achieve mainstream success in Hollywood with a career that lasted over 50 years. Born in August 1904 to Mexican aristocrats, María de los Dolores Asúnsolo y López-Negrete was nicknamed Lolita and was drawn...
Black and white photo of director Alice Guy Blache, the first woman director

Alice Guy Blaché – AFI Catalog Spotlight

This month, AFI celebrates the world’s first female director, Alice Guy Blaché, who made more than 700 films in a career that spanned from 1896 to 1920. Starting out as Alice Guy in her homeland France as a secretary for motion-picture camera manufacturer Léon Gaumont, she was one of the few in attendance at Lumiere’s...

A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN (1992) – AFI Catalog Spotlight

Released 30 years ago this month, A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN was a box office sensation, becoming Columbia Pictures’ highest-grossing non-sequel opener to date and bringing international attention to the little-known All-American Girls Pro Baseball League (AAGPBL) which was established during World War II to entertain the public while male players were away at war....

NANOOK OF THE NORTH – AFI Catalog Spotlight

Celebrating 100 years since its theatrical release on June 11, 1922, NANOOK OF THE NORTH continues to be studied as pioneering yet problematic account of Inuit indigenous peoples living in Canada’s North Hudson Bay region at a time in which little was known about their culture. Over the century since its release, the film has been scrutinized...

HESTER STREET (1975) – AFI Catalog Spotlight

In honor of Jewish American Heritage Month, the AFI Catalog is shining a spotlight on HESTER STREET (1975), Joan Micklin Silver’s directorial debut which screened at the Cannes Film Festival in May 1975 to critical acclaim. The indie picture tells the story of cultural assimilation in New York City’s Jewish enclave of Hester Street at...
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AFI Awarded $350,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities

Funding To Support Unprecedented Research On Short Films And Diversity In Early Hollywood The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) announced today that AFI has been awarded a $350,000 grant to embark upon a landmark initiative to study thousands of short films released in the silent and early sound eras. Titled Behind the Veil after...
Charles Feldman dancing with Marilyn Monroe

Charles K. Feldman – AFI Collection

Born this month in 1904, Charles K. Feldman—whose extensive collection of professional and personal papers are housed at the AFI Mayer Library Archive—was known as Hollywood’s first “Super Agent.” Pioneering one-picture deals as an alternative to the traditional long-term studio contracts that kept artists bound to one company, Feldman was the innovator behind the “package...
The Sound of Music (1965) film still

THE SOUND OF MUSIC – AFI Catalog Spotlight

On April 1, 1965, THE SOUND OF MUSIC, starring AFI Life Achievement Award recipient Julie Andrews as Maria von Trapp, debuted in theaters, delighting audiences around the world. This month in honor of its release, the AFI Catalog explores the making of the beloved musical, which became one of the highest grossing films of all...

AFI Catalog Spotlight: CABARET Turns 50

Celebrating its 50th anniversary this month, the musical CABARET (1972) defined a generation, infusing various genres of filmmaking with political satire to become a box-office and critical success. Competing against THE GODFATHER at the Academy Awards®, CABARET swept the Oscars® with eight wins including Best Director for Bob Fosse, Best Actress for Liza Minnelli (in...

AFI Catalog Spotlight: Betty White

Paying tribute to Betty White, who would have celebrated her centennial birthday this month, the AFI Catalog takes a look back at her first role in a feature film, THE DARING MISS JONES (1951), and celebrates her vast career in front of and behind the camera as one of America’s most beloved and versatile performers....

AFI Catalog Spotlight: PARTING GLANCES

In honor of World AIDS day, the AFI Catalog spotlights PARTING GLANCES (1986), one of the first American films to cast its gaze on the AIDS crisis. Released 35 years ago this month, PARTING GLANCES was written, edited and directed by first-time filmmaker Bill Sherwood, who tragically died from complications with AIDS before he was...

AFI Catalog Spotlight: SING SING THANKSGIVING

In honor of Thanksgiving, the AFI Catalog spotlights the documentary SING SING THANKSGIVING, which was hailed by The Hollywood Reporter as “the most provocative and moving concert film ever made.” SING SING THANKSGIVING took audiences behind the fortress walls of the notorious Ossining Correctional Facility on Thanksgiving Day in 1972 to share musical performances by...
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