Edinburgh International Film Festival 2007

The theme for this year's festival is Cinema And The Written Word, so it seems a fitting tribute that the organisers have picked Hollywood script queen Anita Loos for their retrospective. The programme states she was "a writer whose career took her from the silents through the Golden Age of the studios. She wrote for iconic directors, and made great actors into stars". In addition to the Loos features screening, there is also a special talk, Anita Loos Rediscovered, which offers the chance to see two of her early short films.

View other Edinburgh International Film Festival Films by strand: Animation, Black Box, British Gala, Directors' Showcase, Document, Gala, Mirrorball, Night Moves, Rosebud, Shorts, Special Presentations

Gentlemen Marry Brunettes (Country: US; Director: Richard Sale; Stars: Jane Russell, Jeanne Crain, Alan Young, Scott Brady, Rudy Vallee, Guy Middleton)
Musical extravaganza about a showgirl sister act.
UK Premiere
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (Country: US; Director: Howard Hawks; Stars: Jane Russell, Marilyn Monroe, Charles Coburn, Elliott Reid, Tommy Noonan, George Winslow)
Jane Russell and Marilyn Monroe star in the big screen spectacular about Two Little Girls from Little Rock.
Hold Your Man (Country: US; Director: Sam Wood; Stars: Jean Harlow, Clark Gable, Dorothy Burgess, Muriel Kirkland, Stuart Erwin)
Hard-boiled romance sees a smalltime con fall for a loose woman.
Intolerance (Country: US; Director: DW Griffith; Stars: Lillian Gish, Mae Marsh, Fred Turner, Robert Harron, Sam De Grasse, Vera Lewis)
Silent film exploration of man's inhumanity to man.
Red-Headed Woman (Country: US; Director: Jack Conway; Stars: Jean Harlow, Chester Morris, Lewis Stone, Leila Hyams, Henry Stephenson)
Sex comedy starring Jean Harlow as a woman who's got it and knows how to use it to get a man with money.
San Francisco (Country: US; Director: WS Van Dyke II; Stars: Jeanette MacDonald, Clark Gable, Spencer Tracy, Jack Holt, Jessie Ralph, Ted Healy)
Described by the festival programmers as: "Prototype disaster spectacular, with (literally) ground-breaking effects."
Saratoga (Country: US; Director: Jack Conway; Stars: Jean Harlow, Clark Gable, Una Merkel, Walter Pidgeon, Frank Morgan, Lionel Barrymore)
Race-track romp about a gambler's daughter trying to win back her dad's business.
The Struggle (Country: US; Director: DW Griffith; Stars: Hal Skelly, Zita Johann, Evelyn Baldwin, Jackson Halliday, Edna Hagan, Charlotte Wynters)
Urban drama, tracing a man's descent into alcoholism.
Susan And God (Country: US; Director: George Cukor; Stars: Fredric March, Joan Crawford, Ruth Hussey, John Carroll, Rita Hayworth, Nigel Bruce)
Social satire tackling religion and marriage.
The Women (Country: US; Director: George Cukor; Stars: Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, Rosalind Russell, Mary Boland, Paulette Goddard)
Described by the festival programmers as: "A piercing paean to the weakness of males and the waspishness of females ."

Filming sensations Mathieu Amalric on Pierre Léon, Jeanne Balibar and the sounds and colours of Barbara

Character arc Seth A Smith on filming with a two-year-old and bringing marbling to life in The Crescent

Keeping up appearances Marcello Martinessi on cultural conservatism and filmmaking honesty in The Heiresses

A different space Kelly Macdonald on working with Marc Turtletaub on Puzzle

Out of the past Susanna Nicchiarelli on Trine Dyrholm and the costume design in Nico, 1988

The iconic man Jonathan Baker on Becoming Iconic and Inconceivable

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