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What does it mean to have “it?” In 1927 Elinor Glyn of Cosmopolitan magazine decided it’s that “which draws all others with its magnetic force.” Such a charm was clearly possessed by then unknown, now legendary, actress Clara Bow, whose leading role in this film immediately shot her into the heady stardom of the roaring twenties, ushering in new era of celebrity. It broke box office records and turned Clara Bow into one of cinema’s most well-known stars overnight. The film set the benchmark for the romantic comedy genre we know so well today, and the phrase “to have it” still exists in our lexicon today.

All copies of the film were lost over time, though luckily one turned up in Prague in the 60s. More recently It was given that most esteemed of honours: preservation in the US Library of Congress due to being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” Thankfully, a copy of the film is alive and well in the delicate hands of the Star and Shadow on Sunday 22nd February.

Part of the cinema’s excellent Resounding Silents features, the screening will feature a live musical accompaniment. Though yet to be announced, cinema goers should expect a bespoke and unusual soundtrack from one or any number of talented local music folk.

It screens at the Star and Shadow Cinema, Newcastle on Sunday 22nd February.

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