Friday, March 04, 2011

Anna May Wong Evening at the Cinema Museum

On Saturday Sat 26th March The Cinema Museum in South London will host an Anna May Wong Evening.
Elaine May Woo's documentary Frosted Yellow Willows will be screened, followed by a Q&A with the director. Then the silent film Song aka Show Life (1928), starring Anna May Wong as a cabaret dancer, will be screened with piano accompaniment.

Watch the trailer for the documentary below. Narrated by Nancy Kwan (the beautiful Asian American actress who shimmied across the screen in the Technicolour films of the 1960's such as The World of Suzie Wong and Flower Drum Song). That reminds me I recently purchased the soundtrack LP to Flower Drum Song, I must play that on the show. Nancy Kwan features heavily in the brilliant Arthur Dong documentary about Asian American actors called Hollywood Chinese, a real must see!

I have never seen Song so am really looking forward to this too, it is rarely screened. Directed by Richard Eichberg this was Anna May Wong's first film with the German director. Anna plays Song, a hard done by Malasian dancer who becomes involved with a mysterious knife-thrower after he rescues her from two gangsters. They combine forces to create a cabaret act but trouble is a brewing as the knife thrower has an ex wife who turns up on the scene.
AMW would go on to work with Eichberg again in the 1928 film Pavement Butterfly.

For full details & how to book tickets visit the event page @ The Cinema Museum.

Further Reading:
Frosted Yellow Willows web site
The Anna May Wong Society
Interesting and well-illiud-strated AMW Biog
Band Hong Kong in the 60s pay tribute to Nancy Kwan

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