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

Afternoon Lecture/Seminar

Monday, September 27, 2021 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. ET
Code: 1K0136
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Humphrey Bogart

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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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A Different Kind of Hero: Humphrey Bogart and Paul Newman

Their eyes stared straight through us, one pair wary and the other blue, their attitudes magnetic but guarded. Both Bogart and Newman refused to fall into the stereotype of the film hero, making their characters into complex, complicated men. Each of them mistrusted fame but they were two of the biggest stars we’ve known. Film portraits include clips from: The Maltese Falcon, To Have and Have Not, Casablanca, Cool Hand Luke, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, and The Verdict.

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