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Looking at Hollywood in black and white in ‘Meet Vera Stark’

The eight-minute, black-and-white movie clip is a scene from 1933’s “The Belle of New Orleans.” Gloria Mitchell stars as Marie, the glamorous octoroon mistress of a wealthy merchant in antebellum Louisiana, and Vera Stark plays Tilly, the slave who serves as her maid.

But the clip is a fiction even as feature films go. It was shot this month at a Charles Street inn for use in the Lyric Stage Company production of Lynn Nottage’s “By the Way, Meet Vera Stark,” which begins performances Friday.

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