Readings on Cinema: Daisuke Miyao on Sessue Hayakawa

2/9/08 to 2/10/08

As renowned in his day as Charlie Chaplin and Douglas Fairbanks, the Japanese American actor Sessue Hayakawa has nonetheless been an elusive figure in the history of silent cinema. We present three key Hayakawa films, with author Daisuke Miyao joining us to examine the cultural context of Hayakawa's career.

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  • Forbidden Paths, February 10

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  • Forbidden Paths

    • Sunday, February 10 2:00 pm

    Lecture and Booksigning by Daisuke Miyao. Judith Rosenberg on Piano. Hayakawa struggles with the contradictions of love and loyalty in this off-kilter male melodrama. With The Devil's Claim, featuring Hayakawa as a novelist of Indian extraction caught up in a tale of devil worship.

  • The Cheat

    • Saturday, February 9 6:30 pm

    Introduced by Daisuke Miyao. Judith Rosenberg on Piano. Cecil B. DeMille's sensational drama established Hayakawa as an international star, a figure of sexual menace and fascination.