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The Letter (1940)
Bernard and Irene Schwartz Classic Film Series
Catherine Wyler, Paul Moravec, Susan Lacy
Fri, March 28th, 2014 | 7:00 pm


This event is part of the New-York Historical Society's spring 2014 Free Fridays programs, sponsored by Bank of America. Entrance to the film series is free during the Museum's Pay-as-you-wish Friday Nights (6 – 8 pm). No advanced reservations. Tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 6 pm. New-York Historical Society members receive priority.


Justice in Film
Join us for the New-York Historical Society’s film series, featuring opening remarks by notable directors, writers, actors, and historians. This series will explore how film has tackled social conflict, morality, and the perennial struggles between right and wrong that are waged from the highest levels of government to the smallest of local communities.

The Letter (1940)
Catherine Wyler, composer Paul Moravec, and acclaimed producer Susan Lacy present William Wyler’s captivating melodrama that opens with a homicide and finds Bette Davis’ character with the smoking gun in her hand. Was it self-defense or cold-blooded murder? Directed by William Wyler. Starring Bette Davis, Herbert Marshall, James Stephenson. 95 min.


Catherine Wyler’s career spans the worlds of film, television, and live theater. She’s served as a studio executive, an independent producer, and has held leadership positions at major American cultural institutions. In the 1980s, she was Senior Vice President of Production at Columbia Pictures and Director of Cultural and Children’s Programming at PBS. Paul Moravec is an award-winning composer and University Professor at Adelphi University. He composed the opera version of The Letter and is currently at work on The Shining for premiere by the Minnesota Opera in 2016. Susan Lacy (moderator), the creator and former executive producer of Thirteen/WNET’s award-winning biography series American Masters, is currently working with HBO to create a biographical series for its award-winning documentary division.


The Robert H. Smith Auditorium at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024


The New-York Historical Society is grateful to Bank of America for its generous support of all Free Fridays programs.

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