This documentary, Anna May Wong — Frosted Yellow Willows: Her Life, Times and Legend, introduces the first Asian American international film star (1905-1961) and first Asian American to have her own television show. Anna May Wong starred in Technicolor’s first two-strip color movie, “The Toll of the Sea” (1922), was chosen by Douglas Fairbanks, Sr. to be in “The Thief of Bagdad” (1924), and co-starred with Marlene Dietrich in “Shanghai Express” (1932). The film, narrated by Nancy Kwan, is packed with an abundance of little seen archival footage and images, and follows the ascent of the actress from her humble beginnings to the peak of her international fame.
A discussion on the film with filmmaker Elaine Mae Woo and producer Kathy D. Mazza, moderated by Ron Simon, curator at the Paley Center for Media (Museum of Radio and Television) follows this screening. Woo is a documentarian of Asians in Hollywood from circa 1900 to 1940.
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Co-sponsored by: NYU Center for Media, Culture and History/Center for Religion and Media