Spring 2020 Schedule

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March 2 - "Vertigo" (1958)

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Starring James Stewart, Kim Novack. Just replaced "Citizen Kane"  for 1st place on the Library of Congress list as the best movie ever made. Haunting, dream-like thriller and one of Hitchcock's best & most discussed films.

Speaker: Foster Hirsch, author, film historian & professor, Brooklyn College ,

March 16 - "The Sting" (1973)

Directed by George Roy Hill. Starring Paul Newman & Robert Redford. Two small-time Chicago con-men try to put "the sting" on a big-wig from NYC. Won 7 Oscars including Best Picture, Director, Screenplay -- plus Scott Joplin's ragtime music, arranged by Oscar-winner Marvin Hamlish.


Speaker: Nick Schager, film critic & writer (in-print & online) Esquire Magazine,Yahoo Movies,Variety & The Daily Beast

March 30 - "Christmas in July" (1940)

Directed by Preston Sturges. Starring Dick Powell, Ellen Drew. Top Sturges comedy about Powell going on shopping spree after mistakenly believing he has won millions in a big contest. A little gem of a movie. Perfect. 

Speaker: Jack Viertel, Broadway theater producer & artistic director, Encores! at NY City Center.

April 6 - "Double Indemnity" (1944)

Directed  by Billy Wilder. Starring Barbara Stanwyck, Fred MacMurray, Edward G. Robinson. Wilder-Raymond Chandler script about MacMurray coerced into murder plot by alluring Stanwyck. An American movie classic with crackling dialogue throughout.

Speaker: Tom Santopietro, film historian,author & celebrity interviewer

April 20 - "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" (1939)

Directed by Frank Capra. Starring James Stewart, Jean Arthur, Claude Rains.Stewart is young idealist who finds nothing but corruption in U.S. Senate. Fine Capra Americana with Stewart's top performance & Arthur as the hard-boiled dame. Must-see movie for these political times.


Speaker: Michael Cramer, professor, film history,Sarah Lawrence College

May 4 - "West Side Story" (1961)

Directed  by Robert Wise & Jerome Robbins.Thrilling film adaptation of Broadway musical updating Romeo & Juliet to 1950's NYC. Score by Leonard Bernstein & Stephen Sondheim plus Jerome Robbins iconic choreography. Starring Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer,Rita Moreno,George Chakiris. Winner of 10 Academy Awards including Best Picture, Direction & everything else!


Speaker: Richard Barrios, film historian, author & guest host on Turner Classic Movies, author of "West Side Story: the Jets, the Sharks & the Making of a Classic", pub.5/26/2020