Directed by Gene Kelly, Stanley Donen. Starring Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, Donald O'Connor, Jean Hagen, Cyd Charisse. Written by Betty Comden & Adolph Green.
Perhaps the greatest movie musical of all time!
Speaker: Jack Viertel, Broadway theater producer & artistic director, Encores! at NY City Center
Directed by Martin Scorsese. Starring Robert DeNiro, Cathy Moriarty, Joe Pesci. Extraordinarily compelling look at prizefighter Jake LaMotta whose leading opponent outside the ring was always himself. Not a false note in characterization or period detail Considered Scorsese's magnum opus & one of the greatest films ever made. Oscars for DeNiro & editor, Thelma Schoonmaker.
Speaker: Nick Schager, film critic, Esquire Magazine,Yahoo Movies,Variety ,The Daily Beast
Directed by Otto Preminger. Starring James Stewart, Lee Remick, Ben Gazzara,Eve Arden, George C. Scott, Duke Ellington score. Large cast but Stewart towers over all as witty, easygoing but cagey defense lawyer. "The best movie ever made about the American judicial system".
Speaker: Foster Hirsch, author, film historian & professor, Brooklyn College
Directed by William Wyler. Starring Bette Davis, Henry Fonda. Davis won her 2nd Oscar as tempestuous Southern belle with a mind of her own. Set in deep South with all its' traditions, contradictions & inequalities. Davis is powerful,hateful & magnificent.
Speaker: Richard Barrios, film historian & author , guest host on Turner Classic Movies
Directed by Frank Capra.Starring Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert. Legendary romantic comedy that's still as enchanting as ever with reporter Gable and runaway heiress, Colbert ,falling in love. Hitch-hiking scene, the Walls of Jericho and other iconic scenes. 1st film to win all 5 major Oscars: Best Picture, Actor, Actress, Director & Screenplay.
Speaker: Michael Cramer, professor, Sarah Lawrence College.
Directed by Robert Mulligan. Written by Horton Foote. Starring Gregory Peck, Mary Badham, Robert Duvall, Brock Peters. Peck won Oscar as Southern lawyer who defends black man accused of rape & tries to explain proceedings to his children. One of the most beloved movies of all time adapted from the classic Harper Lee book.
Speaker: Tom Santopietro, film historian & author of "Why to Kill a Mockingbird Matters", pub. 2018. Book signing after screening