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BEGGARS AND CHOOSERS

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In addition to an acting career that started with uncredited appearances in the mid-1940s and continued through the 2000s, William Wellman Jr. — son of the prodigious director William A. Wellman (Wings, The Public Enemy) — has accumulated a notable mass of authorial credits. In 2006, he produced his first book, The Man and His Wings: William A. Wellman and the Making of the First Best Picture, which chronicles his father’s early life and career. This month, meanwhile, saw the publication of his more robust follow-up, Wild Bill Wellman: Hollywood Rebel, which — to quote the writer’s website — “tells the complete saga of his [father’s] life and times.” To celebrate the occasion, the author has organized a 35mm screening (complete with a book signing) of one of the elder Wellman’s lesser-screened works: Beggars of Life (1928), featuring a must-see trio in the form of Wallace Beery, Louise Brooks (dressed in men’s clothes), and Richard Arlen.

Mon., May 4, 7:50 p.m., 2015

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