Here is the story of how a 1916 silent film made in Chicago starring William Gillette, the most renowned Sherlock Holmes interpreter of his day, came to be lost for nearly a century. And then, miraculously, found.
At one point in "Barely Lethal," a perky teenage special ops agent played by "True Grit's" Hailee Steinfeld binge-watches "Mean Girls," "Clueless," some John Hughes movies and other titles from the teen canon in a kind of anthropological study of high school. Yearning for a normal adolescence, she tries to construct one, Margaret Mead style.
As a lesbian romance set just before the dawn of the Eisenhower era, the new film "Carol" would seem to have little light to throw on modern relationships. In the year the film takes place (1952), at least 28 states still had some form of law forbidding interracial marriage. Gay unions, needless to say, were a galaxy away.