They consider the current incarnation of their website to be a work in progress, but it already offers a handful of interesting articles, rare film clips, and more. I’m especially taken with their explanation of why Mary’s signature has become the logo of the Foundation:
“And she was proud of her signature. She had been perfecting it since shortly after she became Mary Pickford, changing her name as a teenager from Gladys Smith at the urging of New York theatrical impresario David Belasco.
“Of course, Mary signed more than notes, letters and photographs. She also signed contracts – million-dollar contracts – and by the time her signature reached the bottom of the page, many a mogul had been challenged as never before.”
This is the kind of site you’ll want to bookmark and visit on a regular basis to see what’s new. And in November, the Foundation is releasing a collection of Pickford films on DVD and Blu-ray through Milestone Films: The Poor Little Rich Girl, Sparrows, andThe Hoodlum.
“The Rags & Riches Collection marks the first-ever release designed to introduce younger viewers to the pleasures of silent films. Each film includes a short intro featuring a group of kids who discover a treasure trove of old films in an attic and learn about film history in the process. They also feature a separate audio track with spoken intertitles and explanations to help them enjoy the experience even more!”
Anything that stimulates interest in silent films gets my enthusiastic support. I wish the Mary Pickford Foundation many years of success.
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