22. ‘The Wild Party’ (1929)
The first talkie from the effervescent “It” girl, Clara Bow, takes place in a girls’ college, where flapper Clara majors in Jazz Age hoofing. Her educational attitude shapes up when she becomes enamored of a new, serious teacher (Frederic March). Dorothy Arzner was the only women directing in Hollywood between 1927-1943. The tight, sensual relationship of the female students reveals Arzner’s shadowy lesbian subtext.