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

Afternoon Lecture/Seminar

Monday, October 25, 2021 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. ET
Code: 1K0138
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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.

Session Information

Wicked and Wonderful: Billy Wilder

Wilder was the brilliant rascal of the Golden Age of Hollywood, expanding the subject, styles, and biting wit of movies. From his dark take on Hollywood to sex farces and satirical comedies, he made us laugh and blush at human foibles, follies, and dreams. Film portrait includes clips from: Sunset Boulevard, The Apartment, and The Fortune Cookie

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