April 12


07:30 pm - 09:30 pm

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The Cinema Museum

2 Dugard Way

London, United Kingdom, SE11 4TH

“I think that the most important thing a woman can have – next to talent, of course – is her hairdresser.” Joan Crawford.

Before Faye Dunaway immortalised Joan as a hygiene obsessed, wire hanger hating lunatic, Crawford was the epitome of Hollywood glamour, a chameleon who evolved for every decade.

And the tough talking, no nonsense Joan of pre code cinema was her stoic best, so In the month of April, Women & Cocaine is celebrating Joan Crawford AKA the ultimate movie star.

Crawford came from absolute poverty, then channeled this hardship into strength, determined to build her way up to become the Queen of Hollywood.

PAID is Crawford at her pre code best, she stars in this gritty drama as Mary Turner, a woman accused by her boss of stealing and jailed for a crime she didn’t commit, and after 3 long years in prison she’s released, and seeking revenge on those that put her away.

Whilst she was In jail Mary made friends with some crooks who she reconnects with on the outside, and tries to convince the gang that they can cheat people within the law, she also manages to get sweet revenge on her boss when she secretly marries his son telling him “Four years ago you took my name and replaced it with a number; now I’ve taken that number and replaced it with your name.” It is savage Joan at her best.

It’s not long until the police are on her back, the gang gets greedy and falls for a set up; the cops want to catch them all, especially Mary.

Women & Cocaine Presents is a new film night at the Cinema Museum to celebrate the Fierce and Liberated women of Pre code cinema. From the period of 1930 to 1934, before the introduction of censorship, women were depicted in roles with a frankness and sex-positivity that remains rare even today, and each month we celebrate and say thanks to a different actress from these times.

“My father warned me about men & booze, but he never mentioned a word about Women & Cocaine” Tallulah Bankhead

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