Sunday, September 26, 2010
Movie review – “Girl 27” (2007) ***
Documentary on a shocking, surprisingly unknown Hollywood scandal - an extra who was raped at an MGM party, tried to complain but was defeated by the system - unearthed by David Stenn, who wrote excellent biographies on Jean Harlow and Clara Bow. The story isn't quite big enough to justify a feature, though - so Stenn has to introduce himself as a character, and deal with his relationship with the girl, and talk about her life and family, and talk about another rape victim (Eloise Spann) and Loretta Young's daughter to Clarke Gable.. There are some great moments; the girl is excellent talent (I know it's strange to talk of a rape victim that way, but it's true, she is), there's some wonderful footage, and I enjoyed it a lot.