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Favorite Movies and Their Stars: The Good, the Bad, the Gorgeous, and the Funny
4-Session Daytime Series
Thursday, March 17 and 31 and April 14 and 28, 2022 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. ET
Quick Tix Code: 1K0217
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Our favorite moments in movies never leave us. Maybe it was a song from a hilltop, the tears of a lost sweetheart, or that walk into the casino. In a 4-session film discussion series featuring film clips, Emmy-winning documentary filmmaker and writer Sara Lukinson revisits more of our favorite movies and characters, the people who dreamed them up, and the lasting memories they made in our lives and our myths.

Please Note: Individual sessions are available for individual purchase.

March 17  Star Voices, Then Movie Stars: Barbra Streisand and Julie Andrews

First their voices stunned us. Then these two very unalike young women, Streisand from Brooklyn, Andrews from London’s music halls, went from singing stars to the stage before the movies snapped them up. Their movies are iconic, their signature songs are immortal. Clips include The Way We Were, Funny Girl, Yentl, The Sound of Music, and Victor/Victoria.

March 31  The Face of the New Leading Man: Sidney Poitier and Sean Connery

Here are larger-than-life performers whose magnetic presence changed what a leading man looked like and sounded like. Instead of falling into old categories, they burst open some new ones, and pushed both movies and us into new directions. Clips include In the Heat of the Night, A Raisin in the Sun, Lilies of the Field, Dr. No, The Untouchables, and The Man Who Would be King.

April 14  Lions of the Stage, Then the Movies: James Earl Jones and Jason Robards

As young men, both actors conquered the New York stage with Shakespeare and O’Neill. As movie stars, they played unforgettable characters in blockbuster films. Build it and they will come—and audiences did just that. Clips include Star Wars, Field of Dreams, All the President’s Men, and Julia.

April 28 Laughing Until it Hurts: Comedy in the Movies

When zaniness adds a dash of satire and a wicked, pointed intelligence, you’ll find the movies of Steve Martin and Mel Brooks, two of the funniest and smartest rule-breakers to work on the screen. Clips include The Jerk, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Producers, and Young Frankenstein.

Lukinson, a multiple Emmy Award winner, created more than 200 short biographical films for the Kennedy Center Honors. She teaches at NYU and the 92nd Street Y.

5 sessions

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