Seduction: Sex, Lies and Stardom in Howard Hughes' Hollywood

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LACMA
5905 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA  90036
323-857-6000
Famed director Edgar Wright and former L.A. Weekly film critic Karina Longworth, who wrote 2014's Meryl Streep: Anatomy of an Actor, discuss Longworth's newest book, Seduction: Sex, Lies and Stardom in Howard Hughes' Hollywood. Longworth delves into the sexual and exploitative relationship between the eccentric movie mogul and 10 actresses — some who achieved success during Hollywood's Golden Age, others who didn't — including Jane Russell, Jean Harlow, Ava Gardner and Katharine Hepburn, as well as lesser-known names like Faith Domergue and Billie Dove. Preceding their talk, Film at LACMA screens Max Ophüls' 1949 drama Caught. Long thought to have been inspired by the infamously eccentric Hughes, the movie is a commentary on capitalism and follows a poor carhop-turned-model (Barbara Bel Geddes), who's caught in a love triangle between a rich but cruel and emotionally distant millionaire (Robert Ryan) and an earnest pediatrician (James Mason).

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