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Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History clearly examines the topic of Disability in Film. The catalyst of this most special of chapters is Lionel Barrymore, who pioneered non-disability roles in cinema after 1938, while obviously confined to crutches or a wheelchair.
LIONEL BARRYMORE PRESIDENT GEORGE BUSH
To coincide with the 22nd anniversary of the signing of the American with Disabilities Act, in a ceremony conducted by President George Bush in 1990, Turner Classic Movies presents The Projected Image: A History of Disability in Film every Tuesday in October. According to the TCM website:
TCM’s exploration of disability in cinema provides many Oscar-winning and nominated films, including An Affair to Remember (1957); A Patch of Blue (1965); Butterflies Are Free (1972); Johnny Belinda (1948); The Miracle Worker (1962); Charly (1968); One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975); and most notably, The Best Years of Our Lives (1946). The Projected Image: A History of Disability in Film also features several lesser-known classics ripe for rediscovery, including the atmospheric Val Lewton chiller Bedlam (1946).
Lawrence Carter-Long of the National Council on Disability will offer fascinating, historical background and thought-provoking insight on how cinematic portrayals of disability have evolved over time. The series features more than 20 films ranging from the 1920s to the 1980s. Each night’s collection will explore particular aspects, themes, or types of disability, such as blindness, deafness, and psychiatric or intellectual disabilities. In addition, one evening of programming will focus on newly disabled veterans returning home from war.
On a personal note, I’m thrilled my literary work provides additional inspiration and historical perspective on this most important of issues. For complete information, visit the TCM website:
Until next time> “never forget”