In 1920s Hollywood, just to see the name Rex Ingram on a film was enough to set the heart racing. For his studio, Metro, it was a guarantee of profit and prestige; for cinema goers the allure of Latin lovers and swooning ingenues set against vast backdrops crafted out of light and shadow. He was not just one of Hollywood’s most celebrated silent era directors, but one of the greatest Irish directors ever. This talk will trace the career of Rex Ingram and ask why he he was forgotten by history, particularly in Ireland, the country of his birth and upbringing.
Ruth Barton is Head of the Film Studies Department at Trinity College Dublin. She is author of Jim Sheridan: Framing the Nation (The Liffey Press, 2002), Irish National Cinema (Routledge, 2004), Acting Irish in Hollywood (Irish Academic Press, 2006), Hedy Lamarr: the most beautiful woman in film (University Press of Kentucky, 2010); co-editor (with Harvey O’Brien) of Keeping it Real: Irish Film and Television (Wallflower Press, 2004) and editor of Screening Irish-America (Irish Academic Press, 2009)