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DID YOU KNOW? This 1952 Film Noir Was One Of The First Hollywood Productions To Depict Mexican Americans In A Positive Light

The Film Was Censored By The Production Code Of America, Which Objected To Scenes In Which Police Were Criticized For Racial Profiling THE RING (1952), a boxing film starring Rita Moreno and Gerald Mohr, marked an early departure from the racial stereotyping that prevailed in early American filmmaking. Hollywood had perniciously typecast Mexican Americans as…

DID YOU KNOW? This Film Was Released 100 Years Ago This August – The Same Month Women’s Suffrage Was Finally Ratified Into Law

HER HONOR THE MAYOR (1920) tells the story of young lady who is elected mayor over her misogynist opponent, the town’s District Attorney. The movie was based on a successful 1918 play by Arline Van Ness Hines, who imagined a world in which women could vote well before this right was secured by Congress with the…

HOLLYWOOD Reimagines a More Inclusive Industry

With the recent release of Ryan Murphy’s fantastical new miniseries HOLLYWOOD, audiences have been treated to a revisionist look at what the film industry would have been like if it had it become more equitable in the ’40s. The show revolves around the fictional production of MEG, a twist on the tragic tale of 24-year-old…

AFI Remembers AFI Catalog Editor Patricia King Hanson

Today, AFI pays tribute to Patricia King Hanson (January 9, 1947-May 8, 2019), Executive Editor of the AFI Catalog who devoted over a quarter century to leading its prestigious, rigorous history-telling. Roughly 90% of silent films are considered lost, according to the Library of Congress. Lost, but not forgotten. America’s cultural legacy has endured to…

Did You Know? This Film – Released 44 Years Ago This Month – Stars Tatum O’Neal in her First Role After Winning an Oscar®

Tatum O’Neal had previously been prevented by her father, actor Ryan O’Neal, from accepting any lead roles until the age of 16. But after she became the youngest person to win an Oscar® at age 10 for her debut performance in PAPER MOON (1973), she was hired to star in THE BAD NEWS BEARS for a…

Did You Know? This Julie Andrews Film is the 6th Highest-Grossing Movie Ever

THE SOUND OF MUSIC, which premiered 55 years ago this month, remains the 6th highest-grossing movie ever with adjustment for inflation. Released in 1965, the film remained in theaters for over a year and surpassed GONE WITH THE WIND as the highest grossing film at the time. THE SOUND OF MUSIC was adapted from the…

Did You Know? Julia Crawford Ivers Wrote First Feature Adaptation of this Mark Twain Novel

Did You Know? Julia Crawford Ivers wrote the first feature film adaptation of HUCKLEBERRY FINN which was released 100 years ago this month. She has 48 credits in the AFI Catalog for writing, directing and producing silent films. She worked for Famous Players-Lasky Corp. in the early 1920s when it became known as Paramount Pictures, and collaborated with director William Desmond Taylor until…

Did you know? This Film Was The First Onscreen Representation Of African-American Intimacy

Did you know? SOMETHING GOOD-NEGRO KISS, released in either 1898 or 1903, is believed to be the first onscreen representation of African-American intimacy. When the film was rediscovered in 2017 and entered into the National Film Registry in 2018, it showed a significant contrast to the racist and caricatured representations of black culture that were...

Your Guide to Romantic Films

In honor of AFI’s 100 YEARS…100 PASSIONS: The 100 Greatest Love Stories Of All Time, this month the AFI Catalog‘s team of film researchers compiled a shortlist of the best films exploring the complexities of love. AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER (1957) Nominated for four Academy Awards®, this oft-referenced film stars Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr…

Did You Know? The first X-rated film to be nominated for an Academy Award was…

Fifty years ago this year, MIDNIGHT COWBOY was the first X-rated film to be nominated for and win an Academy Award. It won an Oscar for Best Picture, Directing and Writing at the 42 Academy Awards on April 7, 1970. Despite the X-rating, which prevented a wide release, it became one of the top-grossing films…

AFI Receives Funding From National Endowment for the Humanities to Support Groundbreaking Gender Parity Project

The American Film Institute today received a $350,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to embark upon an unprecedented, landmark study of gender parity in the history of American film. Named for director Lloyd Bacon’s lost 1928 film, “Women They Talk About,” the initiative seeks to explore how gender parity was nearly…
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