New York State Writers Institute - Classic Film Series

A Girl in Every Port


November 9, 2001 (Friday) at 7:30 p.m.
Page Hall, 135 Western Avenue
(Free and Open to the Public)

(American, 1928, 79 minutes, b&w, 16mm)

Directed by Howard Hawks
Starring Victor McLaglen, Robert Armstrong, Louise Brooks

(Silent with live piano accompaniment by Mike Schiffer)

Louise Brooks

Influential Swiss French poet and essayist Blaise Cendrars (1887-1961) asserted that A GIRL IN EVERY PORT "definitively marked the first appearance of modern cinema." The film exemplified the sexual boldness and love of adventure celebrated by Cendrars and his American champion, Henry Miller. Two sailors travel the world, brawling and making love to women. Louise Brooks plays a conniving circus performer out to defraud one of the sailors of his life savings.