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"I'm Ready for My Close-up": Favorite Movies and Their Times

Afternoon Lecture/Seminar

Monday, September 13, 2021 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. ET
Code: 1K0135
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Some moments in movies never leave us: the piercing eyes of a private eye, a raft hurtling down the rapids, that little black dress, the close-up of a fading movie star. In a 5-session film discussion series featuring film clips and stills, documentary filmmaker and writer Sara Lukinson revisits some of our favorite movies and characters, setting them against the backdrop of their times, the people who dreamed them up, and the America they reflected—or asked us to imagine.

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.

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Portraits of a Woman: Katharine Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor

These larger-than-life screen performers—one spirited and independent, the other a luminous beauty—brought us two completely different portraits of the American woman, turning them into enduring legends. Kate and Liz broke the rules and our hearts and turned Hollywood on its head. Film portraits include clips from: The Philadelphia Story, The Lion in Winter, On Golden Pond, A Place in the Sun, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, and Cleopatra.

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