Flashback
A look back at this day in film history
September 27
October 10, 1909
The First Times

When readers opened their Sunday New York Times to page 8 on 10 October 1909, they found a review of Pippa Passes, the new D. W. Griffith film loosely based on Robert Browning’s 1841 poem. The column began “Pippa Passes is being given in the nickelodeons and Browning is being presented to the average motion picture audience, which has received it with applause and is asking for more.” What made such a mundane observation memorable is that this was the Times first film review. Much like Griffith’s later epic, Intolerance, Pippa Passes is broken into four parts, each designating a time of the day with special lighting effects signaling dawn or dusk. A young Gertrude Robinson played the lead, beating out newcomer Mary Pickford, who at 16 Griffith considered too old.


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Tea and Sympathy September 27, 1956
Tea and Sympathy opens

In 1956, Vincente Minelli’s film adaptation of Tea and Sympathy had its New York City premiere. More than three years earlier, the Robert Anderson’s play opened on Broadway to rave reviews and popular acclaim.

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Sep. 27, 1922
Arthur Penn born

The filmmakers who get the most attention are usually the ones who make the most noise rather than those who are most talented, and Arthur Penn – who was born on this day in 1922 – is the perfect example of this.

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Sept 27, 1945
Open City Opens

From the rubble of destroyed city, Rossellini finds the means to make a classic film.

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