The title role of Alexander Korda's silent comedy, The Private Life of Helen of Troy, as played by the Hungarian Maria Corda, presents Helen as a figure of "European" exoticism enhanced by sets and costumes that elide the gulf between ancient and modern. This transforms her into "the first flapper queen" (a phrase used in publicity and reviews), and as such, into an emblem and celebration of Hollywood itself.
Ruby Blondell is from the University of Washington.
The weekly Classics Colloquium provides an informal meeting for the College's lively community of undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty who are interested in classical subjects. Each year, the series includes a number of distinguished speakers on a variety of literary, archaeological, and historical subjects.