WHERE ARE MY CHILDREN?
1916, 64 min, USA, Dir: Phillips Smalley, Lois Weber

A box office hit, this provocative look at birth control helped put Lois Weber on the map. Tyrone Power Sr. (father of the 1940s matinee idol) stars as a district attorney whose prosecution of a doctor reveals a busy abortion practice. Named to the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry in 1993. With music by Maud Nelissen. Courtesy of the Library of Congress.


THE RED KIMONA
1925, 77 min, USA, Dir: Walter Lang, Dorothy Davenport

This sensationalistic drama stars Priscilla Bonner as Gabrielle Darley, who is swept off her feet by an older man only to be deposited in a New Orleans brothel; though she eventually frees herself, scandal continues to dog the young woman. With her late husband stigmatized for drug use, narrator Davenport implores audiences not to judge the central character - which didn’t stop the real-life Gabrielle Darley from filing a lawsuit. Courtesy of the UCLA Film & Television Archive.


NICO, 1988
2018, Magnolia Pictures, 93 min, Italy/Belgium, Dir: Susanna Nicchiarelli

This riveting late-career biopic features a tour de force performance by Trine Dyrholm as famed singer-songwriter Nico, who approaches 50 leading a solitary existence in Manchester, England, far from her glory days as a Warhol superstar and celebrated vocalist for The Velvet Underground. Her life and career on the ropes, Nico is convinced by her new manager, Richard (John Gordon Sinclair), to hit the road again and tour Europe to promote her latest album. Struggling with her demons and the consequences of years of addiction, she longs to rebuild a relationship with the son (Sandor Funtek) whose custody she lost long ago. A brave and uncompromising musician, Nico’s is the story of an artist, a mother and the woman behind the icon. “Dyrholm’s performance is a powerhouse of authenticity. Her moroseness is mesmerizing, but she also gives Nico a tense intelligence, and her singing is uncanny.” - Owen Gleiberman, Variety.


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