I can hardly believe it myself, but a six-week course on Ann Dvorak is going to be offered at Facets Film College in Chicago. The class, titled “Ann Dvorak: Pre-Code Hollywood’s Forgotten Rebel,” will be taught by historian Doug Deuchler and run from November 14-December 19. He will be screening six of Ann’s titles; Scarface, The Strange Love of Molly Louvain, Three on a Match, Housewife, Heat Lightning, and Side Streets. For people taking the class who are not familiar with Ann’s work, this should be one hell of an introduction.
If you would have told me 15 years ago, when I first conceived of writing Ann’s biography, that a college-level course would be offered on her, I would have laughed in disbelief. Actually, if you would have told me this a few months ago, I would still have a hard time believing it. This only goes to show how prevalent Ann has become over he past few years and that a full length book on her may actually have a market. I think she would be thrilled to know this much attention is being paid to her films.
Being a West Coast girl, I unfortunately will not be able to attend this landmark class. But for those of you residing in the Windy City, you have no excuse!