Past Event: New York on Film: Manhandled (1924)

When: Thursday, June 15, 2023, 6:30pm

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Manhandled movie poster - Yellow and Red Background with couple holding hands, text reads Gloria Swanson Manhandled
Courtesy, Paramount Pictures

Experience Gloria Swanson's 1924 silent classic!  Introduced by Lynn Yaeger and featuring a live score by DJ Misbehaviour.

In Manhandled (Allan Dwan, 1924, 75 min), silent film goddess Gloria Swanson plays a flapper-esque shop girl getting a little taste of the NYC nightlife thanks to a couple of overbearing and intrusive suitors, while her inventor boyfriend neglects her.  Part of a seven-picture partnership between director Allan Dwan and Swanson, who went undercover as a shop girl at a department store in Chicago to prepare for the role. Shot on location at the Astoria Studios in Queens in the silent era heyday of the facility, Manhandled was also intended to troll the first Hays Motion Picture Production Code (1924), which prohibited "immoral" content.  

Introduction by Lynn Yaeger and musical accompaniment by DJ Misbehaviour, who will create a specially curated mix of tunes, soundscapes, and live turntablism spanning the 1920s through the 2020s.

This program launches our year-long series, New York on Film: Decade by Decade, programmed by Jessica Green. The series accompanies the Museum's centennial exhibition, This Is New York: 100 Years of the City in Art and Pop Culture

Event Timeline:
6:00 pm - Doors to Ronay Menschel Hall open (Ground Floor); music by DJ Misbehaviour; drinks & popcorn available for purchase
6:30 pm - Short introduction by Lynn Yaeger
6:45 pm - Film program with live DJ accompaniment begins:  Manhandled (75 min)
8:00 pm - Film ends, DJ Misbehaviour plays final set
8:15 pm - 9:00pm - all Museum galleries open for viewing
9:00 pm - Museum closes

About DJ Misbehaviour:
Misbehaviour's career in London began in 1989 with a residency at M.O.B.O. award-winning club Fresh N’ Funky, leading to many events and guest spots including a private party for Prince. Moving to NYC in 1999 she  has residencies at ‘Vinyl Nights,’ a dance party collab with the Hudson Yards Alliance, ‘Flippers’ Roller Rink at the Rockefeller Plaza, and performs regularly at the Museum of the City of New York. She has worked with icons Biz Markie, Danny Krivit, Just Blaze and Roy Ayers. Sought out internationally, Misbehaviour has performed in London, Singapore, Australia, Canada, Europe, and Dubai. 

About Lynn Yaeger:
Lynn Yaeger is a contributing editor at Vogue and She is a former fashion reporter for The Village Voice, having worked for the paper for 30 years. Yaeger is also a regular contributor to many other publications, including Town and Country and The New York TImes. She is known for her eccentric personal style, powdered face, dark, cupid's-bow lipstick and bright red bobbed hair. Yaeger was the recipient of the Media Award in honor of Eugenia Sheppard from the  CFDA  in 2019. In her spare time, you can find her haunting flea markets and antiques shows all over the world.

About Jessica Green (series programmer):
Jessica Green is an independent film programmer currently programming film, speaker, and performance series for BAM, the Weeksville Heritage Center, and the Museum of the City of New York. Jessica served as the Artistic Director of the Houston Cinema Arts Society from 2019-2022, providing artistic leadership for year-round film programming and the Houston Cinema Arts Festival, Houston’s largest film festival. She was the Cinema Director of the Maysles Documentary Center in Harlem from 2008-2018. Jessica is also a former founder, owner and Editor-In-Chief of the New York based, independent Hip-Hop magazine Stress (1994-2001), as well as the former Executive Editor of (2000-2005)

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New York on Film is the centennial year edition of the Museum's ongoing Moonlight & Movies series.


      Moonlight & Movies is made possible in part by Sophia and Peter J. Volandes.

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