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Code Words For Lesbianism In Classic Films
By Mallory Ortberg
February 24, 2015

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If you hear any of the following words or phrases used to describe a female character in a movie made before 1970, odds are good that they’re trying to tell you about a lesbian, a real shadows girl, someone who prefers the hour just after dusk, a gal with her own library card.

Improbable

Unlikely

Curious

Irregular

Oho

Fond of her health

Peculiar

Glasses

Inquisitive

“Pays her own way”

Well-read

Mysterious

Independent-minded

Scholarly

Incurable

“She keeps her hands in her pockets”

Resourceful

Standoffish

Uninvited

Companionable

“Carries plenty of spare change”

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A real pal

Unaccountable

A shirts-and-trousers female

Busy

“Carries her own purse”

Confidential

Marvelous

Uncanny

Contralto

Financially secure

Unfriendly

Remarkable

Solitary

Loyal

Singular

Artistic

Unsympathetic

Reluctant

“She kisses backwards”

Sturdy

Outdoorsy

“She’s an evening girl, fond of the twilight hours”

Tight-lipped

Devoted

Civic-minded

Energetic

Steady-handed

Alert

“Stands up on a night train”

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Code Words For “Gay” In Classic Films
By Mallory Ortberg
May 22, 2015

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If you hear any of the following words or phrases used to describe a male character in a movie made before 1970, odds are good that they’re trying to tell you about a homosexual, a real boarding-school afternooner, someone who eats his dinner in a restaurant, a fellow who walks down the shady side of the street.

Curious

Extraordinary

Eccentric

Wears a hat of someone else’s choosing

Inconsistent

A sunset lover

Smooth elbows

A man with specific mannerisms

Sleeps diagonally

A perplexment

Rides the carousel

An evening botanist

Classically athletic

Fraternally-minded

Wears a light wristwatch

Gives a careful handshake

Gives too much change for a dollar

A fluent swimmer

A keen-eyed birdwatcher

Fond of his mother

Elegant

Built on an uncertain foundation

Fluttersome

A real jackdaw

Avowed bachelor

A gentleman of the piers

Born with the caul

Limber

An aesthete

In the way of uncles

He throws a party with an open guest list

Son of the moon

A boy from Eton

Always rings twice

Has a silk bathrobe

Not quite up-to-code

He hitchhikes instead of taking the bus

Stays ahead of the game

A skillful mountain climber

Salutes another flag

An upside-down chimney-sweep

Special comedy credit to left-handed whisperer Connor Goldsmith.

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Mark Hamill: Luke Skywalker could be gay
by Benjamin Lee
Friday 4 March 2016

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‘Judge him by his character, not by who he loves’ … Mark Hamill on the sexuality of Luke Skywalker. Photograph: Allstar Picture Library

Mark Hamill has said that his Star Wars character, Luke Skywalker, could be gay.

The 64-year-old actor has spoken about the issue after the Force Awakens director, JJ Abrams, suggested that gay characters could be part of the Star Wars universe in future films.

“I just read online that JJ is very much open to that. In the old days, you would get fan mail,” he said to the Sun. “But now fans are writing and asking all these questions: ‘I’m bullied in school … I’m afraid to come out.’ They say to me: ‘Could Luke be gay?’ I’d say it is meant to be interpreted by the viewer. If you think Luke is gay, of course he is. You should not be ashamed of it. Judge Luke by his character, not by who he loves.”

His comments follow others made by Abrams, who suggested that it would be “incredibly narrow-minded” to assume that homosexuality would not be part of the Star Wars franchise in the future. “When I talk about inclusivity, it’s not excluding gay characters,” he said. “It’s about inclusivity. So, of course …”

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Pucker up, buttercup ... John Boyega and Oscar Isaac in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Photograph: Allstar/DISNEY/LUCASFILM

Hamill’s expanded role in Star Wars: Episode VIII has already been teased by Daisy Ridley, who said that Luke is “so cool” in the new film. The next episode is currently in production and is due to be released next year.

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'Matrix' director Lilly Wachowski comes out as transgender, like her sister Lana before her
by Christie D'Zurilla
9 March 2016

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A self-portrait of Lilly Wachowski, courtesy of Windy City Times. Wachowski, co-director of the "Matrix" movies, has come out as transgender. (Self-portrait courtesy of Windy City Times)

Lilly Wachowski, the younger half of the Wachowski siblings directing duo, has come out as transgender, just as Lana Wachowski did in 2012 while promoting their film "Cloud Atlas."

Lilly, however, didn't get to do it on her own timeline: She says she was pushed by a journalist from a British outlet who knocked on her door Monday evening around dinner time.

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"He proceeded to explain he was a journalist from the Daily Mail, which was the largest news service in the UK and was most definitely not a tabloid," the 48-year-old formerly known as Andy Wachowski said in a statement to the Windy City Times, an LGBT weekly in Chicago. "And that I really had to sit down with him tomorrow or the next day or next week so that I could have my picture taken and tell my story which was so inspirational! And that I really didn't want to have someone from the National Enquirer following me around, did I?"

DailyMail.com confirmed Wednesday that the house call had occurred, but said through a spokesman that it "categorically denies that it in anyway tried to coerce Lilly Wachowski into revealing her gender transition," and that the meeting ended with the filmmaker agreeing to call the reporter the next day.

Wachowski said Tuesday that she'd spent the past year waiting for a sensational headline — "Sex change shocker — Wachowski brothers now sisters!!!" — to pop up and had prepared a statement that was "one part piss, one part vinegar and 12 parts gasoline" but never had to use it, as media that came sniffing around chasing rumors had opted against running stories that would have been merely salacious.

"My sister Lana and I have largely avoided the press. I find talking about my art frustratingly tedious and talking about myself a wholly mortifying experience. I knew at some point I would have to come out publicly. You know, when you're living as an out transgender person it's ... kind of difficult to hide. I just wanted — needed some time to get my head right, to feel comfortable," Lilly continued. "But apparently I don't get to decide this."

The co-director of the "Matrix" movies "should not have been forced to disclose her transgender identity before she was ready to do so," said Nick Adams, GLAAD's director of programs for transgender media, in a statement issued after Wachowski's announcement. "Journalists must learn that it is unacceptable to out a transgender person, in the same way it is unacceptable to out a person who is gay, lesbian, or bisexual."

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Wachowski said that after the reporter's visit, she still couldn't quite place the Daily Mail — until she remembered it was the outlet that was singled out in an inquest into the death of Lucy Meadows, a transgender British schoolteacher who committed suicide three months after being thrust into the spotlight upon her return to work, post-transition.

According to the Guardian, Meadows' suicide note didn't mention the media attention specifically, but a coroner in the case said the media should be ashamed of its intrusive behavior.

(Parents had contacted local media outlets after receiving a letter from the school about Meadows' intent to return to her elementary classroom with a different gender identity; the Daily Mail subsequently published a column that, according to the DailyMail.com spokesman, defended Meadows' right to transition while expressing concerns about "whether it was right for children to confront complex gender issues at such a vulnerable young age.")

"Being transgender is not easy. We live in a majority-enforced gender binary world. This means when you're transgender you have to face the hard reality of living the rest of your life in a world that is openly hostile to you," Lilly Wachowski wrote. "I am one of the lucky ones. Having the support of my family and the means to afford doctors and therapists has given me the chance to actually survive this process. Transgender people without support, means and privilege do not have this luxury. And many do not survive."

She said she's been out — "So yeah, I'm transgender. And yeah, I've transitioned" — to her family, her friends and many people at work, all of whom have been cool about it. "Yes, thanks to my fabulous sister they've done it before, but also because they're fantastic people," she said.

The down side of Lilly Wachowski's statement Tuesday? It's that we didn't get to read the one she wrote but never used. "It had a lot of politically relevant insights regarding the dangers of outing trans people, and the statistical horrors of transgender suicide and murder rates," she wrote. "Not to mention a slightly sarcastic wrap-up that 'revealed' my father had injected praying mantis blood ... before conceiving each of his children to produce a brood of super women, hellbent on female domination. Okay, mega sarcastic."

Lilly Wachowski's for-real statement — which addresses a number of transgender issues as well as her struggle to wrap her mind around gender theory, queer theory and even the words "transgender" and "transition" as those terms have gone mainstream — can be read in its entirety at the Windy City Times.

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Censorship row as Italy bishops curtail release of gay film
March 10, 2016

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Andrew Haigh's "Weekend" tells the story of two men who strike up a special relationship after meeting at a gay club (AFP Photo/Dave Kotinsky)

Rome (AFP) - British film "Weekend" was restricted to just ten cinemas on its release in Italy on Thursday after the country's bishops branded Andrew Haigh's acclaimed gay love story "indecent" and "unusable" in the country's many Church-owned film theatres.

In an unusual move that prompted accusations of homophobic censorship, the Italian Conference of Bishops' Film Evaluation Commission classified the film as "not advised, unusable and scabrous (indecent or salacious)."

The Commission listed the film's principal themes -- described by critics as love and identity -- as drugs and homosexuality. The result, according to its distributor Teodora Film, was that the film was shunned by the more than 1,100 cinemas which are owned by the Church and make up the bulk of Italy's network of independent/arthouse theatres.

The country's official film board approved Haigh's Nottingham-set drama for audiences over 14.

"I cannot see any other explanation than a problem of homophobia in the Church," Teodora's president, Cesare Petrillo, told AFP. "They decided it was unacceptable, that it should be censored and they have used their power to paralyse the distribution. "Normally a film like this would have been picked up by many of these cinemas. Instead there are whole regions and big cities like Florence, Bergamo and Padova where we have not been able to get it put on. And the only reason for that is that the main characters are gay."

Made in 2011, "Weekend" was brought to Italy for a cinema release as a result of Haigh's recent success with "45 Years", for which Charlotte Rampling was nominated for the best actress Oscar. The latter film, a story about a long-married couple being confronted with an unsettling secret from the past, was enthusiastically endorsed by the Church.

"After the success of '45 Years', it is a terrible shame that so few people get to see "Weekend" and I'm really quite angry about it because there are fundamental values at stake," said Petrillo. "For me, 'Weekend' has nothing scandalous about it -- it is a story about love."

Priest censors

The large number of Italian cinemas owned by the Church are a legacy of the days when every parish had its own cinema and local priests controlled projections, regularly cutting sections of films they deemed unsuitable for parishioners.

Most of these cinemas are now rented out to operators who do not have to be religious but do have to sign a contract which, according to Petrillo, includes a clause agreeing to go along with the guidance issued by the bishops. The Commission evaluates every film released in Italy. Often it will approve a film as "recommended" but signal that it is also "problematic" and might be best viewed in the context of a debate or a discussion on the issues raised.

Recent examples in this category include "The Danish Girl", a drama about a transgender artist, and Oscar-winner "Spotlight" which deals with clerical sex abuse in Boston and was classified as "complex."

Only very rarely does the guidance make it clear the Church does not want a film shown at all with the only other recent example being Chilean director Pablo Larrain's "El Club", in which the main characters are all Catholic priests, including one with a history of sexually abusing children. The Church's lingering influence in Italian public life was underlined in recent weeks when a bill to legalise gay civil unions was shorn of provisions guaranteeing same-sex couples equal adoption rights to their heterosexual counterparts.

The watering-down of the draft law followed Church lobbying of lawmakers which was sufficiently intense for Prime Minister Matteo Renzi to publicly warn the bishops to stop meddling. Italy's Union of Atheists, Agnostics and Rationalists said the treatment of "Weekend" was telling. "The influence of the Church means that even niche films like this which deal with issues that are 'uncomfortable' or 'immoral' end up being subject to de facto censorship," the organisation said on its website.

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How 'Moonlight' pulled off the Oscar upset of a lifetime
By JAKE COYLE
February 28, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) -- Long before Barry Jenkins made his way to the podium through the bewildered throng that packed the Dolby Theatre stage at the Academy Awards, he sat in a Toronto hotel room explaining his movie's quiet power.

"There's something in the way black men grow up in this country," said Jenkins. "There's a lot of information on these men's faces when they're not speaking, partly because we're robbed of our voices so much by society and the things society projects on us."

It was, in a way, fitting that "Moonlight" - stealthy and silent - won best picture amid such cacophony Sunday night. Since its fall film festival debut, Jenkin's tenderly lyrical film has steadily risen not through the loud kind of arm-waving that often catapults movies to the top prize - big box office, scene-chewing performances, historical sweep - but instead by a soulful, unremitting glow that slow-burned all the way to the Oscars.

Now that we more or less have some answers to "What the heck happened?" in the Oscars' final moments - EnvelopeGate, if you will - we can turn to that other puzzler: How did "Moonlight" just pull off one of the biggest upsets in Academy Awards history?

While not quite as gasp-inducing as the gaff that preceded its win, "Moonlight" will surely rank alongside, if not above, shockers like "Shakespeare in Love" (over "Saving Private Ryan") and "Crash" (over "Brokeback Mountain") for sheer, oh-my-god surprise.

The odds were stacked against it. "La La Land," with a record-tying 14 nominations, was seen as the hands-down favorite, having run up prizes from the Producers Guild, the Directors Guild, the BAFTAs and the Golden Globes. Though this usually hapless critic predicted a "Moonlight" win , virtually every Oscar prognosticator considered "La La Land" - like Hillary Clinton, it turned out- a lock.

But just as Clinton learned, there are dangers to being the presumed front-runner, especially when you're seen as a representative of nostalgia and tradition in turbulent times.

Widely expected to honor itself again by awarding a showbiz celebration like "La La Land," Hollywood veered instead to Miami's Liberty City, and a film that ripples with the humanity of a young man - black, gay, poor - seldom dignified by the movies or other realms of society. Yet "Moonlight" isn't a traditional social drama but a deeply personal one, soaked through with the kind of empathy many believe is missing from the national discourse. In the wake of the election of Donald Trump - surely a factor on Oscar night - Hollywood chose not a love letter to itself, but, as filmmaker Mark Duplass argued in an open-letter to academy voters , a "love letter to the core human values that connect us all."

"Moonlight," arguably the most critically adored film of 2016, is unquestionably deserving. In fact, it might even be too deserving. Films this good don't often win best picture. Even "La La Land" star Emma Stone took a moment in the chaotic aftermath Sunday to exclaim: "I love 'Moonlight!"

But "Moonlight" was made for just $1.5 million. It was only Jenkins' second film, and his first in eight years. Having made $22.2 million at the box office, it's one of the littlest-seen best-picture winners ever. The littlest seen best-picture winner was Kathryn Bigelow's "The Hurt Locker" (2009), which had made $12.7 million at the time of the Oscars.

The comparison is a good one, in some ways. Like "Moonlight," ''The Hurt Locker" triumphed over a colorful event movie that was praised for resuscitating the theatrical experience: "Avatar." And it was boosted by some compelling history: Bigelow's film was the first best-picture winner directed by a woman. "Moonlight" is the first directed by an African-American filmmaker. Its win, also the first for an LGBT-themed movie, is sure to inspire a generation of filmmakers.

Only one major studio release (Warner Bros.' "Argo") has won best picture in the last decade. "La La Land" was distributed by Lionsgate, often called a "mini-major," and had much the feel of an old studio musical. Its 14 nominations and $370 million-plus in global box office only enhanced its reputation as the juggernaut front-runner - with the requisite backlash to go with it.

But, increasingly, small wins big at the Oscars. For four years straight, the Film Independent Spirit Awards winners - "12 Years a Slave," ''Birdman" and "Spotlight" - have lined up with the Oscars. It could well be that academy voters, working in an industry that increasingly makes little beyond branded blockbusters, are most moved by the personal cinema that has managed to escape Hollywood.

"I hope we are moving in that vein," said Tarell Alvin McCraney, co-writer of "Moonlight," which was based on his play. "I hope the storytellers up here and their proud journey here can imprint on someone out there watching, that they, too, can stand here too, and also tell their stories as daringly, as intimately as possible."

"Moonlight" had won at the Writers Guild Awards and the Globes and (unlike "La La Land") been nominated for best ensemble by the Screen Actors Guild. But it broke all the rules that help predict Oscar winners. There are factors that may have played a role, like the revamped film academy, which added 683 new members in June to help diversify its ranks. And the best-picture category, unlike the other categories, uses a preferential ballot to select the winner, a ranking method adopted in 2009 when the category increased from five movies to as many as 10. It's a system that rewards films with broad support, not necessarily the most No. 1 votes.

Jenkins didn't have any answers himself, sounding amazed and impressed that the industry "voted for a film about a marginalized character from a marginalized community told in a very unorthodox way."

"I guess anything's possible," said Jenkins.

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Netflix to finish and release Orson Welles' final film
March 14, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) -- Orson Welles' last film finally has a home.

Netflix has acquired the global rights to Welles' "The Other Side of the Wind" and will finance its completion and restoration.

Netflix's announcement Tuesday brings to a close the decades-long mystery surrounding one cinema's greatest filmmakers. Welles began shooting the film in 1970 but never completed it. The "Citizen Kane" director died in 1985.

"The Other Side of the Wind" is a Hollywood satire about a filmmaker attempting a comeback. Its stars include John Huston, Dennis Hopper and Peter Bogdanovich, who has helped in its editing.

Producer Frank Marshall will oversee the film's completion.

Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos says he grew up worshipping Welles so releasing Welles' last film "is a point of pride" for him and for Netflix.

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Kurt Russell, Goldie Hawn broke into house to have sex
April 21, 2017

Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn were so desperate to seal the deal on their romance they almost got arrested on their first date.

The couple has been together for 34 years, and Russell admits he still finds his girlfriend sexy as hell - just as he did when a dance rehearsal turned into a date while he and Hawn were making the 1983 war movie Swing Shift.

Russell suggested meeting up at the Playboy Club to perfect the couple’s dance moves, but Hawn wanted more than a swing lesson. “I was having a great time with this girl... and we both agreed the night wasn’t over yet,” Russell recalled during an appearance on Harry Connick, Jr’s TV talk show Harry on Friday. “She was renovating this house... and we eventually found our way upstairs, looking around... and we were in the imaginary bedroom and we were realistically having sex when the police walked in, because we had to break in to the place to get in. “It was bizarre and weird. We were told to go and get a hotel room, which we did.”

The first date house is still in the Hawn/Russell family - the actress’ daughter Kate Hudson now owns it.

Russell recently gushed about his longtime partner during a chat with news show Extra, calling Hawn “spectacular”. “Goldie is just spectacular, she is great... she is the right girl for me,” he cooed.

And she’s clearly smitten with him, although Hawn hates her man with facial hair, which he occasionally has to sport for movie roles. “I’ll tell you what she doesn’t like is facial hair,” the actor told Access Hollywood Live. “In the last couple of years it seems like I’ve been doing a lot of moustaches and beards.”

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We'll always have Van Nuys: Hangar from 'Casablanca' saved
May 29, 2017

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The airport hangar facade from the opening scene of "Casablanca" has found a home a decade after being saved from the wrecking ball.

The arched facade dating to the 1920s has been in a Los Angeles parking lot since it was removed during 2007 renovations at Van Nuys Airport.

The hangar with 95-foot doors appeared in movies including the 1939 Laurel and Hardy comedy "The Flying Deuces." Most famously a plane lands in front of it in 1942's "Casablanca," starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman.

Christine Dunn, who with her late husband recovered the hangar 10 years ago, told the Los Angeles Daily News on Sunday that it'll be moved to Valley Relics Museum, home to many pop culture items.

The goal is to restore it as part of a Moroccan-themed restaurant at Van Nuys Airport.

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Hidden film treasures brought to life in British vault
by Rosie SCAMMELL
14 October 2017

BERKHAMSTED, England (AFP) - In a refrigerated vault outside London filled with old film reels, a team of curators is bringing to life forgotten masterpieces of early cinema history.

A chemical smell hangs in the air at the British Film Institute's National Archive, where some 250,000 wheels of old film are stacked floor-to-ceiling. "As we're restoring them we're pulling back the veils of history, and we can see much more clearly than we used to," curator Bryony Dixon told AFP on a visit to the archive in the town of Berkhamsted this week.

A selection plucked from the shelves is being showcased at the BFI's London Film Festival, including a tale about the heartbreaking Indian love story of the Taj Mahal mausoleum. "Shiraz: A Romance of India" is being screened at a gala on Saturday for the first time since its release in 1928, following months of restoration. "It's beautiful, it's dramatic, it's got exciting locations, and great acting. And it's unique, there are almost no surviving Indian films from that era, so it's very special," Dixon said. A score by composer Anoushka Shankar, daughter of late Indian sitar maestro Ravi Shankar, has also been added to accompany the silent film.

BFI curators have restored a wealth of films including Alfred Hitchcock's nine surviving silent films and footage of a legendary Everest expedition in 1924 in which two of the climbers died.

Despite technological leaps, preparing the film begins with it being checked by hand. "There will be a lot of hand, manual repair on the original film copies, using tape to make sure the films can pass through cleaning machines, and also through the scanner," said Kieron Webb, the archive's film conservation manager.

The team used the original camera negative of "Shiraz", along with a copy made decades later, which were combined digitally to obtain the best images and restore tens of thousands of frames. "The removal of scratches and dirt; de-flicker, which makes the image look more stable; reduce the light and darkness changes in some shots," said Webb, summarising hundreds of hours of work.

Ben Thompson, an image quality section leader, demonstrated how to remove a scratch from a "Shiraz" scene without accidentally brushing out a horse's leg. Restorers have also sharpened the images, which Thompson said creates more work: "As soon as you improve the sharpness of the image it reveals, brings into sharp focus the detail but also the defects." Digital techniques, which have replaced much of the old photo-chemical processes, have enabled restorers to become more precise in their work and upgrade every single shot in a film such as "Shiraz".

The Indian film is nearly 90 years old but BFI also holds films going as far back as the 1890s. Despite the films' age, curators said they were easier to restore due to their brevity. "Some of them are only a minute long," Dixon said.

"With the 1920s it gets much more complex, because the films get longer and they have a grammar to them which means if you're missing part of the film print, you have to sort of compensate in order to make it understandable for the audience." Colour and sound add further layers of complexity, although silent films are themselves problematic because they often lack any documents to dictate the speed they should be shown at.

Restoration is a costly endeavour and the archive relies on public funds and private donors, as well as ticket sales from screenings. But the restorers say the cultural value is boundless, giving audiences a window into an unseen age and places that have since disappeared. "Fiction film, or non-fiction film, is this fantastic record of the whole of the 20th century that people can look at... It is, for those that care to look, a real experience," said Dixon.

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Sphinx from 90-year-old movie set unearthed in California
December 1, 2017

GUADALUPE, Calif. (AP) -- Archaeologists working in sand dunes on the central California coast have dug up an intact plaster sphinx that was part of an Egyptian movie set built more than 90 years ago for Cecil B. DeMille's epic "The Ten Commandments."

The 300-pound sphinx is the second recovered from the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes. Dunes Center Executive Director Doug Jenzen tells Santa Barbara news station KEYT-TV that it's unlike other items found on previous digs because most of it is preserved with the original paint intact.

The set of the 1923 movie included more than 20 sphinxes. After filming, DeMille ordered everything buried in the dunes 175 miles northwest of Los Angeles. They lay undisturbed for decades before recovery efforts began. The newly recovered sphinx is expected to go on display at the dunes museum next summer.

Information from: KEYT-TV, http://www.keyt.com/
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