WEDNESDAY

“Garbo talks!” screamed the advertisements in 1930, but the fascination with movie sound might have been but a passing fad if she’d had nothing to say. Fortunately, the pioneering words in Anna Christie were supplied by Frances Marion, a woman whose standing in the Hollywood pantheon should surely rank with that of the icy recluse. Present almost from the industry’s beginning, Marion quickly became the highest-paid screenwriter in town, earning 200 credits penning some of the most important films in the careers of Mary Pickford, Lillian Gish, and others. But she wasn’t merely a crafter of saccharine women’s weepers. Marion also wrote the prison picture The Big House for burly Wallace Beery and the boxing classic The Champ. For this screening, her biographer, Cari Beauchamp, will introduce a 35mm print of Anna Christie, which is the best way to see—and hear—Greta (pictured). At noon and 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16, at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. $6 (202) 783-7370. (Dave Nuttycombe)