Box factory girl Crawford trades on her allure to sleep her way into Gable’s Manhattan penthouse, but when he runs for governor, her days as his kept woman are numbered. Surprisingly frank about the one commodity beauty has to offer in the Depression marketplace, filming this rags-to-riches saga sparked a torrid affair between the stars. Possessed was the most “brazen” of the fallen women films, because of Marion’s lack of punishment for her sins. Crawford’s popularity with young female fans was considered downright dangerous, as Marion yearns for freedom outside of rigidly defined class and gender roles. Her drab factory town pales beside the glittering towers of a gloriously designed Art Deco urban paradise. Is it even a choice?
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Wednesday, January 22