The Powder And The Glory

Directed by Ann Carol Grossman & Arnie Reisman
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When Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden opened their salons 100 years ago, cosmetics were worn mostly by prostitutes and performers, and businesses were run mostly by men. In a 50-year rivalry they changed all that, becoming two of the first highly successful women entrepreneurs in America. Starting with next to nothing, they created what is today the $150 billion global health and beauty industry.

Based on the book, War Paint: Miss Elizabeth Arden & Madame Helena Rubinstein—Their Lives, Their Times, Their Rivalry, by Lindy Woodhead, the film follows the women through their decades long, groundbreaking careers, drawing links to events of the times.

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makeup-artist-david-nicholas-and-model-courtney-craft1The Powder & the Glory
premiered nationally on PBS in March 2009, and has been televised and screened in a number of foreign countries, shown at US and foreign film festivals, and in presentations for college, business and community groups. In April 2009 it was awarded a Silver Plaque at the Hugo Television Awards division of the Chicago International Film Festival.

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Ann Carol Grossman
has made more than seventy films and videos. Since 1982, she has owned Umbrella Films, specializing in films on environmental policy, health, education, and the arts. Credits include 900 Hands (premiered at the Coolidge Corner Theatre); No Time to Waste, winner of the American Medical Writers’ Association’s Award of Excellence; Keep ‘Em Flying, (premiered at the American Museum of Natural History), which was selected by the New York Public Library for a special archive of films about New York City.

Arnie Reisman is an award-winning writer, producer and performer in commercial and public television, corporate video, theatre and film. National telecasts include Hollywood On Trial (Oscar-nominated documentary on the blacklist), The Other Side of the Moon (90-minute PBS special for 20th anniversary of the lunar landing) and PBS’ AIDS Quarterly with Peter Jennings. Since the inception of the series in 1996, he has been a regular panelist on National Public Radio’s Says You!, the weekly comedy quiz show now airing in more than 120 markets.

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